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Floor Kids
Developed by: MERJ Media
Published by: MERJ Media
Release date: May 16,2018
Available on: macOS, Switch, Windows
Genre: Rhythm, Sports
Number of Players: Up to two
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Price: $19.99

Thank you MERJ Media for sending us this game to review!

Floor Kids is a surprisingly deep rhythm breakdancing game. Your goal is to win over crowds in various locales by dancing with funk, flavor, flow, and flyness. You have to keep your moves fresh and not do the same thing over and over again. The crowd will occasionally make requests, and if you honor them, you’ll get some points that help toward earning more stars for your performance.

If you receive at least three stars for a song, you’ll get a player card that can be used to unlock a new character if all four of their cards are collected. Each of the eight dancers have different specialties in the four dancing categories: Top Rock, Down Rock, Power, and Freeze. New venues open up when their star requirements are met. One of the final venues requires seventy stars and all of the dancers to be unlocked.

Highlights:

Strong Points: Fun and unique breakdancing game; local multiplayer
Weak Points: No online play
Moral Warnings: None!

Each location has several levels with different music tracks for everyone. The soundtrack is quite good and available for purchase on Steam for $8.99. At the beginning of the stage you’ll get a countdown and it’s up to you to feel the rhythm and dance to it. Every song has a couple of chorus sections where you’ll have to press the X button where indicated and mash it repeatedly shortly afterward. These sections are worth big points so you won’t want to take them too lightly. There’s a Steam achievement for earning a perfect score on one. I haven’t unlocked that achievement yet, but I did get one for acing both chorus sections in a song.

To earn a lot of points you’ll need to weave your moves together with style and keep the crowd happy. If you mix up the dance styles you’ll earn freshness points. Thankfully, the crowd requests aren’t specific, but the chain combos are. I’ve been more of a button masher so I haven’t put enough effort into learning each of the moves intentionally. According to the Steam achievements, I have unlocked all of the characters’ moves on accident though!

Floor Kids
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 84%
Gameplay - 16/20
Graphics - 9/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 100%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The unfinished hand-drawn artwork is really neat. I like the look and feel of this game. The characters are nicely animated and the venues are unique. Though the music isn’t my style, it does fit the game nicely.

There’s plenty to do if you’re playing solo. If you have a friend nearby you can challenge them to a dance battle in the local multiplayer mode. This mode is more challenging with the "burn" mechanic. As your opponent is dancing you can charge up a burn by tapping to the beat. Once the burn meter is full, you can attempt to burn your opponent and knock them down for points. The person dancing can temporarily use a shield to block an attack, but the timing has to be precise to be effective. The chorus mode is shared for both dancers. The breakdancer with the most points at the end of the song wins.

Floor Kids is suitable for want-to-be breakdancers of all ages. You’ll have plenty of fun mashing buttons, but to get good you’ll have to memorize and stylize all of the moves at your disposal. The asking price of $19.99 is a bit steep, but I have seen it on sale for less than $14 and it’s worth it at that price point.

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