Rhythm games come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a breakdancing game before. As soon as I saw Floor Kids, a game with this exact premise, I knew I needed to see how such an experience would work. As someone who loves music and dancing, I couldn’t imagine how such intricate moves would translate to a controller.
If you too are interested in the concept of a breakdancing rhythm game, then join me as we find out if Floor Kids busts a sweet move, or if it wipes out on the dance floor.
Effortless Style and Addicting Gameplay
Floor Kids has a style that feels second nature from the moment you start playing. Whether it’s the original music, the excellent art style, or the surprisingly profound cutscenes, the game has a confident stride to it that instantly pulled me in.
A quick tutorial is all you need to get the basics. In each level, divided into areas of a city, you’ll throw together impromptu moves for an audience while trying to max out your points. There is also a quick rhythm minigame in each song that appears twice.
This minigame has you tapping the X button along with the beat, followed by mashing every button as fast as you can before going back into your moves. The moves themselves are divided into several types that are triggered by the movement of the analog stick executed using the face buttons.
Mastering the transition between the different types of moves is part of the appeal. Whether you’re spinning around on the ground, performing some low moves, or holding a pose, the game awards a clever eye for knowing how and when to switch your moves up.
The audience will also shout out requests that you can complete for bonus points. It can be chaotic at first, trying to remember the controls while also managing the rhythm minigame and the audience requests, but it quickly becomes second nature.
New characters are unlocked as you progress, and new moves come with them as well. With a smart control scheme, a great selection of original tracks, and superb animation, Floor Kids makes me wonder why we haven’t seen a breakdancing game prior to this one. It clearly works very well when done right.
Art and Music Collide
The art and music in Floor Kids mesh perfectly together. The selection of tracks have a pretty even quality to them as well. None of them felt like duds, which is a testament to the work of Kid Koala’s work on the soundtrack.
Getting into the beat and letting your fingers fly is incredibly fun. The smooth and sleek animations do a great job of making you feel like a master dancer as well, even if you’re not racking up 5-star scores.
In the end, I had a ton of fun with Floor Kids. The price is a little high for the 3-5 hours of content on offer, but there’s no denying that the animation, music, and smart controls all contribute to a breakdancing game worthy of the craft.
Final Score: 8.0/10
A copy of Floor Kids was provided to PS4 Experts for review purposes
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 12/28/18