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Floor Kids is Tony Hawks Pro Breakdancer

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.It’s always nice to see a good, hip-hop-themed rhythm game. Hip-hop is a huge part of music and a rapping game, PaRappa the Rapper, kicked off the gaming genre years before plastic guitars. It’s part of the reason why I love DJ Hero. But breakdancing is another core tenet of hip-hop, and it’s the focus of Floor Kids on Nintendo Switch (not to be confused with famous anime butchers 4Kids). The stylish but simple look and youthful cast may get to think this is just a basic good time, but the sheer complexity of the dance system proves otherwise.Floor Kids challenges you to lead the best dance crew in the city by putting on performances across town. Earn enough stars and you’ll unlock new venues like a subway station or art gallery along with new characters with handles like Noogie and Scribbles. There are at least eight venues with three songs each, but you’ll return to them to get higher scores as it’s unlikely you’ll have a complete grasp on the dance system your first time through.And what a dance system it is. At first Floor Kids reminded me of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater but with dancing. However, the more I took in its depth the more it resembled Tony Hawk’s more technical counterpart Skate… but with dancing.Players have a wide variety of moves across several categories and subcategories. Pushing the stick up or down puts dancers in an upright or downward stance each with different moves activated by face buttons. Spinning the stick or holding it along with a button spins the dancer or freezes them in place as long as they stay balanced. Players can flip and hop as well depending on the situation.It sounds like a lot to absorb but that’s the point. Although the characters all use the same inputs, just with different stats in each category, Floor Kids is almost like a fighting game because the skill comes from mastering the combo system. It’s a bit obtuse and tough to find an “optimal” way to play. But the point system grades you on everything from tapping along to the beat to using a variety of moves to attempting more advanced moves.And you’ll have to do all of these things to keep progressing. You’ll have to review your move list and memorize what flows into what for higher scores. Try Kick Hops to Salsa Rock to Barrel Mills. You’ll have to pay attention to audience suggestions in the middle of the performance. You’ll have to tap along to brief traditional rhythm game bits to mix up each song. All of these considerations keep the game from devolving into rhythmic button mashing, which to be fair can produce somewhat satisfying results all its own.The system is also creative and expressiveness enough that a freestyle mode without points would be worthwhile like DropMix. Unfortunately, that’s not here at the moment. But beyond the story mode there is a multiplayer option. Two players go back and forth on the same track. It feels like a proper dance battle.The music also holds up its end of the bargain. The scratchy tracks come courtesy of DJ Kid Koala and totally get you in the best b-boy or b-girl mood. And since you have so much freedom with what buttons you can press at any time you can slip into a tactile groove much faster and easier compared to regular music games. I really got into it. The songs are brief enough to make portable play great on Switch. However, for whatever reasons load times seem strangely long.Meanwhile, the art and animation are from creator Jon Jon, who originated the Floor Kids concept with Kid Koala as short films years ago. The sketchy, Newgrounds-esque look surely helps make the dance transitions smoother on an indie budget, but it’s a great aesthetic nonetheless that feels completely true to the scene. You almost want the Splatoon squid kids to show up. And the cutscenes drip with classic old-school hip-hop mysticism most recently seen in stuff like The Get Down on Netflix.Along with skating and fighting games, Floor Kids reminded me of fellow recent indie Switch game Battle Chef Brigade in that they are both fascinating bite-sized video game interpretations of real-world activities that take a great deal of skill. You may never be a great breakdancer with your body, but Floor Kids at least helps you get close with your fingers.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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