Twister Dance starts you out with a speaker that has two areas in the front will show a color that corresponds to where you feet should go. So you start by selecting one of the five songs on the device including Till The World Ends (TWISTER Remix) or your own music (more on that later) and the level you want to try from 1-2-3. At that point if you are playing by yourself you will setup your spots based on your song and off you go. If there are two of you, there are two complete sets of spots for you and a friend to play and get your dance on.
Me and the boys had a blast playing with it, we were all cracking up at the end of the rounds as our brains try to match our left and right feet with the color being shown. That is probably the hardest part of the game is getting your brain to see the color and at the same time recognize what foot you should be using. That is what also makes the game so fun as you all fall into a fit of laughter. We then tried to determine who did the best on that round for the winner, but in reality there does not have to be a winner in any sense, just more of a fun recreation to pass the time. I could see how this would be an awesome item to bring to a party or sleepover with the kids just going all out.
You can also use your own music by using your MP3 player connected to the device with the included cable and there is a special setup for you with the spots based on the fact you will be using your own music. You could also just use it as a speaker for your MP3 player as well and for the price it was not all that bad, plus it has a super cool look going for it. The age on it says 8+ but my 6-year-old who is in dance classes for hip-hop really enjoyed it. I could see it really helping your child with their coordination as well as being fun. Just realize there is not any sort of competitive game here, at least in my opinion, bust as stated before one could always say when you miss a move your turn would be over or vote on who had the best round, but it may lead to some “discussion” among the players. I think if you realize that Twister Dance is meant to be something to really get the fun level in a room up, you will be quite happy.
Me and the boys (6 and 8) had so much fun playing Twister Dance and it is hard enough to be fun (and lead to some funny attempts to keep up) and easy enough to not frustrate. A good brand extension from Hasbro and the Twister brand, especially with the added benefit of being a speaker for your MP3 player as well. A must have for a child party and I am sure it is especially helpful in breaking the ice and getting people moving. The fun does not have to be limited to the children either, I had a fun time with it as well and it would be interesting to see this with a group of adults as well, just make sure someone has the video camera ready to capture all the action.
Note: Twister Dance was provided for Review by Hasbro
This fall, with the help of pop icon Britney Spears, girls can show off dance moves and rock the spots with the new TWISTER DANCE game from Hasbro. The game combines today’s best dance music with the iconic TWISTER spots and will give girls a new way to learn moves to today’s hot dance songs, including a custom TWISTER remix of “Till the World Ends” featuring Britney Spears.
TWISTER DANCE invites kids to rock the spots by placing TWISTER spots on the floor and then follow the direction of the TWISTER DANCE console. The TWISTER DANCE console offers bright, multi-color LED lights that light up to show dancers on which spots they should place their feet. Arm and hand movements are up to the dancers, allowing them to show off their individual style.
Girls will also be able to move to the beat of songs featuring Ke$ha and Willow Smith, and an exclusive TWISTER DANCE song called “Caught Up in a Twister.” Plus, players can connect any mp3 player to the console to dance to their own tunes. The built-in beat detection system turns any song into a dance routine, so players can rock the spots with new and different songs every time they play.
The TWISTER DANCE game is hitting shelves this month for the approximate retail price of $34.99. The game is recommended for 1 to 2 players, ages 8 and up. Four AA batteries are required for the dance console (demo batteries are included). The game includes 8 TWISTER spots (4 per player).