Developer: Paramount Pictures
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Tap and slide your finger across the screen in sync with the music and get your dancer to shake his groove thing. That's it. But it ain't easy. Your timing has to be nearly perfect and it takes a lot of practice.
It's a good thing this game insists you start with a tutorial before it lets you out on the dance floor. I needed all the help I could get.
That's not the game's fault. It's my own ineptitude. I have no rhythm and I've never done a single step of disco, so Saturday Night Fever really challenged me. Once you the hang of it, I'm sure it's really fun.
If you're familiar with Dance Dance Revolution, then Saturday Night Fever: Dance will make sense. If you're new to the world of digital dancing, then learning how to play is a bit trickier. The idea is that you must tap a small circle at the precise moment a larger circles collapses around it on it. There's the single tap and various tap and slide movements. Tap too early and you won't earn many points. Tap too late and you won't earn any points. Tap perfectly and you'll earn 300 points.
The best analogy I can come up with is that it's like someone throwing a pebble into a pond and instead of the water rippling out, it ripples in. Your object is to touch the spot where the pebble went into the water at the last possible nanosecond before the ripples close in on your finger.
I'm sorry, but that's the best analogy I can come up with after listening to "Car Wash," "YMCA," "Shake Your Groove Thing" and "Love Machine" for a few hours. Those are the games' tunes — the sound quality is excellent.
It's worth a try, even if you only want to impress your friends with your imitation of Tony Manero, the role played so well by John Travola in the movie. You'll get a lot of play time out of this game, I think.