Dream Dance Online Gets You In a K-pop Groove [First Impressions]
Ever since video games became a thing, Japan has been developing its own brand of rhythm games. It was the Japanese who created and developed the genre, after all. That’s why top rhythm games nowadays are almost always exclusively Japanese, even in the mobile space. Until now, we never got any good rhythm games outside Japan. But now Dream Dance Online will try to overtake the mobile rhythm game category with their Korean Pop music. Is it any good, or will Kpop fans play the game only for the merit of its songs?
Dream Dance Online’s biggest selling point right now is its strong library of K-pop songs. The game has licensed songs from Blackpink, Twice, BTS, IZ*ONE, and Red Velvet, among others. However, Dream Dance Online isn’t limited to just K-pop songs. The developers mixed the library up with some J-pop songs as well as Western tracks from Bruno Mars and Maroon 5.
The game didn’t reinvent the wheel, and there’s no need to change the game mechanics drastically if everything has been working fine so far, anyway. Dream Dance Online doesn’t invent anything new but instead makes use of four popular rhythm controls for players to choose from. There’s a 4-Key Mode (like O2Jam), Bubble Mode (like Osu!), AU Mode (like Dance, Dance Revolution), and Taiko Mode (like Taiko, the drum set).
The game’s UI is still a bit shabby, but it’s something that the developers could improve later on. After all, racking combos at high speeds will make you forget about the bad graphics. It’s a good example of a serviceable game. If you’re dying to play K-pop songs in a rhythm game on your mobile device, then this is a great start. However, rhythm masters shouldn’t expect too much from Dream Dance Online’s mechanics.
The game’s story isn’t its strong suit. To be honest, you could be better off skipping everything. You’ll save yourself the time and the cringe through the tacky dialogue. The plot is very generic, too, with dancing used as a way to progress a good vs. evil narrative.
Thankfully, Dream Dance Online has a couple of multiplayer features that could appeal to people who are into this type of games. A strong but small community currently exists whose members are passionate about the game and everything that could be done to improve the experience. The game’s lobbies are, again, serviceable. Oddly enough, the developers opted to prioritize some community features such as dating and marriage that don’t really add much to the game, but I imagine helps a lot in the community building aspect.
All in all, Dream Dance Online is still a work in progress. It only left closed beta testing last month, after all. But right now, it’s already a good rhythm game that you could play for some K-pop songs every now and then. There’s plenty of unlockables (costumes, mostly) and ways to customize your in-game avatar, which should allow you to burn off some time.
Dream Dance Online can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.