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26 Great Games Like Dance Central

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Dance Central and have found the following:

Dance Central is a dancing rhythm game you play by moving your body in front of the Xbox Kinect camera. The focus on full body movement celebrates accurate, well-timed and energetic moves. As opposed to Just Dance's rough choreography, Dance Central offers an exuberant swagger steeped in dance culture.

Unfortunately, Dance Central is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 04/11/2010

Platforms: Oculus, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

23 Hand Picked Games Like Dance Central

These are our hand-picked games similar to Dance Central. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Dance Central, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Osu!

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 16/09/2007, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: Ppy (@Ppy)

Players: This is a single player game

Osu is a rhythm action game where you tap the screen in time to the music similar to the Elite Beat Agents games. This starts as a simple challenge but develops in speed and complexity. At higher levels the games is an esport with people competing to...

Just Dance 2021 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2009, updated in 2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online

Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even grandparents off the couch and dancing along with the on-screen moves....

Bounden

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/05/2014

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Bounden is a smartphone dance game that gets players to use their bodies. Two people hold opposite ends of one smartphone then move together to keep a cursor over the ball.

Cadence of Hyrule

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 13/06/2019

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Rhythm and Turn-Based

Developer: BYG Vancouver‬ (@BYG_Vancouver‬)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Cadence of Hyrule is a Zelda infused version of a popular rhythm action indie game called Crypt of the NecroDancer. Like the original you go on an adventure viewed from above and progressed by moving, attacking and dodging in time with the music.

Evergreen Blues

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/02/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Us Divad (@UsDivad)

Players: This is a single player game

Evergreen Blues is a rhythm narrative game where you and a friend build lyrics to a song in real time. You select the words and timing and the game puts them together into lines of a song. What's unexpected and unusual about the game is that the songs...

No Straight Roads

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 25/08/2020

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Rhythm

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Metronomik Inc EN (@MetronomikIncEN)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

No Straight Roads is a music-based, action-adventure game where indie rock band members Mayday & Zuke lead a musical revolution against the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) band. After being unfairly rejected in their audition to join No Straight Roads,...

Fingle

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 21/12/2011, updated in 2016

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fingle is a Twister-style physical puzzle game played on a smartphone or tablet screen with your fingers rather than limbs. Like the popular tangley board game, it plays to this physical interaction with other players. "Explore the intimate touch of...

Hexagroove: Tactical DJ

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/08/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Ichigoichie Inc (@Ichigoichie_Inc)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Hexagroove is a rhythm game where you mix music using an intuitive and tactical control system. Each level sets goals for you to combine musical loops in real time. Success is not just a matter of matching instructions but creating expressive music and...

Jump Rope Challenge

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Jump Rope Challenge is a virtual skipping game where you hold the Switch controllers like rope handles and skip. The game displays an on-screen counter and you can play with another person at the same time as you compete for a high score.

Rez Infinite (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Oculus, PC, PS2, PS4 and Xbox 360

Genres: Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)

Players: This is a single player game

Rez is a shooting game where you fire musical energy rather than bullets. As you guide a figure through the darkness of space you bring down enemies in time with the music. Rez is novel for its use of music and vibration feedback to create a sense of...

Rhythm Doctor

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: 7 th Beat (@7thBeat)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Rhythm Doctor is a rhythm game about shocking patients' hearts back in sync with their heartbeats to save their lives. You press a single button on the 7th beat to defibrillate each patient. It sounds simple but each level has a unique illnesses based...

Rhythm Paradise

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2016

Price: 70% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: tsunkuboy (@tsunkuboy)

Players: This is a single player game

Rhythm Heaven (also known as Rhythm Paradise, Rhythm World and Rhythm Tengoku) is a Japanese rhythm game where you perform everyday action in time with a musical beat.

We Are OFK

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Developer: OF Kband (@OFKband)

Players: This is a single player game

We Are OFK is a narrative game about the indie band OFK. Reminiscent of Gorilla's virtual persona's it's part video game drama and part music video. You play four friends, who are releasing their debut EP. You make choices about their relationships and...

A Dance of Fire and Ice

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: 7 th Beat (@7thBeat)

Players: This is a single player game

A Dance of Fire and Ice is a one-button rhythm game where you control a pair of spheres. You press a button to the beat of the music to progress through the mazes. Each press pivots the direction of motion of the paired spheres to make turns and cross...

Elite Beat Agents

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/07/2007

Platforms: DS

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Developer: i Ni S corp (@iNiS_corp)

Players: This is a single player game

This simple rhythm game requires you to tap the screen in time with the music to advance a story. Each song matches the pictorial narrative that intersperses each verse: getting a pregnant woman to the hospital; materialising a Christmas gift to a...

Fuser

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play this with 12 players online

Fuser is a rhythm game where you are a DJ at a large concert. You can combine four songs from a list of records. Each of the records has four tracks represented by colours and instruments: drums, guitar or vocals. You build up an evolving mix of music...

Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/04/2012

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

Players: This is a single player game

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is a more substantial story told with cartoons interwoven with rhythm-action challenges. You play an 18-year-old boy with a secret identity as an art-thief. He’s searching for his father and, in order to find...

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/10/2014

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fantasia is an Xbox Kinect camera dancing game using your whole body. Its narrative follows Disney’s Fantasia film as you take a musical journey to earn your sorcerer’s hat. Sweeping your arms to trigger the orchestra, pointing out high notes with...

Bam Fu

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2013, updated in 2015

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Bam Fu is a competitive puzzle game where you must change coloured icons to match your colour by tapping them. The novelty is that you play with up to four other people on one device. Each person competes to turn the tiles to their colour. It's an...

Child of Eden

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/06/2011

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)

Players: This is a single player game

Child of Eden is a dance and motion game that uses the Xbox Kinect camera. You use your body to shoot and move. Rather than fruit, however, here it’s beautiful firework-style visuals and music that are the challenge.

Fru

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 29/06/2016

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Physically Active and Platform

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Aparaitre (@Aparaitre)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

This is a platform game with a twist. One player uses a controller to run and jump around the level; a second player stands in front of the Xbox Kinect camera and appears on the screen in silhouette. This person must use the outline of their body to...

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Superbcorp (@Superbcorp)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso is a rhythm game where you play classical piano music by pressing buttons in time with each note. This starts easily but builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.

Super Sports Beat

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds

Release Date: 28/10/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Sports

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Super Bear Sports is a sports rhtyhm game where you move your character in time with the music to swing, volley, and score points in different events.

4 Games Like Dance Central Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Dance Central. This includes games from the Action, Rhythm, Physically Active and Sports genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

6 Easier Games than Dance Central

If you like the sound of Dance Central but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating required.
 

10 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Dance Central

If you like the sound of Dance Central but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Dance Central Accessibility Report.
 

Dance Central is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Dance Central in the following lists:

Get Fit Playing Great Games

There are lots of games that help you exercise and stay fit. We've pulled together a list of the best of these; games that don't just incentivise activity with on-screen rewards but that integrated the workout into the gameplay. We all know about Wii Sports but there are so many other ways that video games can help you stay healthy and active while you can't get out as much.
 

Explore Physicality

Video games offer an opportunity to inhabit another body. Whether we step into the powerful frame of a trained marksman or brave adventurer, while we play we have a different sense of our physicality.

This is not only an enjoyable way to escape the reality of daily life but a chance to reflect on and understand ourselves, and our bodies, better. Stepping into the shoes of a vulnerable, small or endangered character can help us understand for a short while some of what it is like to be someone else.

Whether this is into the awkward teenage years of Mord and Ben in Wide Ocean Big Jacket, the grandparent-escaping Tiger and Bee in Kissy Kissy, the fractured heartbroken body in Gris or the haphazard movement of Octodad we have a chance to reassess our own physicality and how we respond to and treat other people's physicality.

More specifically, to use body therapy language, games offer us a chance to discover the inviolability of our bodies, personal autonomy, self-ownership, and self-determination. In travel, as Andrew Soloman says, we go somewhere else to see properly the place where we have come from. In video games, we step into other bodies so we can better understand our own and those of the people around us.
 
Sifu
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Qomp
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

We’re supporting the Every Mind Matters campaign from NHS and bringing you some games that help you connect with friends and family while you look after your mental health.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as much as how to win the next race in Mario Kart.
 
Piggy
PEGI Rating 7 for Piggy
Haven
PEGI Rating 12 for Haven

Ease Loneliness With Intergenerational Games

There are many reasons, stages of life and circumstances that can leave us feeling isolated and lonely. Being unable to be in the same place as loved ones. Not understanding the modern world. Barriers of mobility or impairments. Social anxiety and other mental health issues.

Video games are one way that we can reconnect with each other, without needing to be in the same place. Finding games to play online with grandparents and carers is not only a good way to keep in touch but a lot of fun.

Image 171 The games on this page are part of the PLAY&TALK Weekend, which has launched in time for National Loneliness Awareness Week, aims to reduce feelings of isolation by getting people to talk with friends or family safely online. Backed by over 30 companies in the games industry, the Play&Talk weekend hopes to initiate 10,000 extra conversations across the UK through the power of games.

All the games have been select to be easy to play for new gamers and many of them have been used in a broad range of cultural settings, being incorporated into Cathedral services, arts festivals, well-being retreats and educational contexts.
 

Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Sifu
Pyre
PEGI Rating 7 for Pyre
Hitman
PEGI Rating 18 for Hitman

Hope Through Play

Games that embed a sense of hope by playing them. Sometimes a hopeful story, sometimes a hopeful interaction, and sometimes just an uplifting aesthetic to spend time in. These are games that leave you with an uplifted spirit, maybe not immediately (like Horizon Zero Dawn) but by the time you have finished them.

There is something innocent and childlike in play, and video games each have a slice of that in different ways. Sometimes simple and sometimes complex, games can help us return to the hope we had as children, or call us on to the wisdom and perspective of older years.
 

Get Children Listening

Of the different senses, it's easy to overlook the importance of hearing. We encourage children to read, watch and observe. But just as important is to develop more than just cursory listening.

Despite their name, video games use sounds just as much as visuals to create their worlds. As well as this, audio is often a crucial aspect of interactions and clues for puzzle solving.

Because of this, video games (like walking in nature) are a powerful way to learn to notice and use the sounds around us. Playing a game with headphones helps the player focus on the sound. Doing this intentionally can help younger players discover a new world of sound in the games they play.

There are games like Limbo, Hellblade, Overboard and Super Mario Odyssey that use sound to set the mood and aesthetic of the play. This is more than just background music as it reacts and integrates with the sounds the player is making while they play.

Then there are games like Uncharted, Alba, Fortnite and Sea of Thieves that use audio to indicate things happening in the game. Not only what is happening, like the sound of someone boarding your ship, but where that is happening in relation to your character with spatial audio.

There are games where you create the audio with your actions. Touching petals in Flower adds notes to the classical music. In Mini Metro you add to the ambient sounds as you place stations and new tube lines.

Finally, there are games where sound is your main way of navigating the world. Games like The Vale and Frequency Missing can be played with just sound. This not only offers an accessible experience to those without sight but a chance to engage with a virtual world using just our hearing.
 

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Blur
PEGI Rating 12 for Blur

Digital Nutrition

Jocelyn Brewer coined the phrase Digital Nutrition to introduce a way of thinking about technology that went beyond screen time worries, drug analogies and detoxes. Instead, she encourages us to think about the variety, context and patterns of digital consumption.

"Digital Nutrition is a guilt-free philosophy that guides you towards healthful technology habits and improving your digital literacy and wellbeing. Rather than digital detoxing and unplugging, Digital Nutrition is about intentional and intelligent use of devices and the conscious consumption of news, media and information."

I’ve worked with her on this list of games that provide particularly underserved aspects of our digital play diet. These are the vitamins of the gaming world. Essential to a healthy diet and easy to overlook if we just follow where video game advertising leads us.

Unlike the other lists on the site, it’s an eclectic collection of games. But this is for good reason. These are the games that supplement your digital diet with variety, fibre, vitamins and minerals. They are the “digital super-foods” as Jocelyn puts it.

Digital Nutrition is a brilliant antidote to the guilt, muddled advice and finger-pointing of screen time focus advice. Instead, we can consider what specific games have to offer our children and our family.

This leads to other questions about how, where and when we play. Grabbing a Pizza on the street isn’t the same as sitting down to share a slice around the meal table. Only eating Kale is as problematic disordered eating as eating too many sweets. The same is true with video games, so this list is here to offer a varied diet.
 

Virtual Reality Games

Video games take you to virtual worlds for adventures, challenges and stories. Virtual Reality games extend this experience by putting the world right in front of your eyes and then matching your motions and head movements with the game.

VR is an experience that's hard to describe. Putting the headset on is like stepping into another room. This not only makes existing games more immersive but also opens the door to new types of experience.

While this can be quite expensive, it has become more affordable over the years. The main options for VR are as follows:
  • Oculus Quest 2 - Is self-contained so doesn't need lots of wires or setting up. You can also purchase a (costly) cable to tether the Quest to a PC for more demanding games.
  • HTC's Vive Cosmos - Is a PC-tethered system that supports motion controls. It supports games on SteamVR as well as its own Viveport online store.
  • Valve Index - Is a high end PC-tethered system with more advanced controllers.
  • PlayStation VR - Uses PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 hardware to offer a wide range of interesting highly polished experiences.

 


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