StepMania

Genre(s): Casual/Music & Dancing
Casual/Arcade
Casual/Party

3rd Party Rating: None found.

Price: Free. You may want to buy a USB dance mat.

Link(s): http://www.stepmania.com/

OR

http://sourceforge.net/projects/stepmania/

Description:
StepMania is a FREE music/rhythm “dance” game. A Dance Dance Revolution equivilent for the PC. The player presses different buttons in time to the music and to note patterns that scroll across the screen. Features 3D graphics, visualizations, support for gamepads/dance pads, a step recording mode, custom songs, and more!

StepMania is both a cross-platform rhythm video game and game engine. It was originally developed as a simulator of Konami’s arcade game series Dance Dance Revolution, and has since evolved into an extensible rhythm game engine capable of supporting a variety of rhythm-based game types. Released under the MIT License, StepMania is open source free software.

Several video game series, including In the Groove and Pump It Up Pro use StepMania as their game engine. StepMania was included in a video game exhibition at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image in 2005.

The primary game type features the following game play: as arrows scroll upwards on the screen, they meet a normally stationary set of target arrows. When they do, the player presses the corresponding arrows on his or her keyboard or dance mat. The moving arrows meet the targets based on the beat of the song. The game is scored based upon how accurately the player can trigger the arrows in time to the beat of the song. The player’s efforts are awarded by letter grades and a number score that tell him/her how well they have done. An award of AAAA (quadruple A) is the highest possible award available on a standard installation and indicates that a player has triggered all arrows with “marvelous” timing (within 0.0225 seconds under official settings) and avoided all mines and completed all hold (freeze) arrows. However, a patch is available that provides “ridiculous” timing (within a window of 0.01125 seconds, or half the timing of marvelous) and a top grade of AAAAA (quintuple A). An E indicates failure for a player to survive the length of the song without completely draining his/her life bar. Default scoring and grading for Stepmania is almost identical to scoring in Dance Dance Revolution; however, timing and scoring settings can easily be changed.

StepMania allows for several input options. Specialized adapters that connect console peripherals like PS2 and Xbox controllers or dance pads to one’s computer can be used. Alternatively, the keyboard can be used to tap out the rhythms using arrow or other keys. Many song charts designed for keyboard are unable to be passed using a pad. In addition, the game possesses the capability to emulate other music games, such as Beatmania itself, o2Jam and DJMAX’s 7-key arrangement, Pump It Up and Techno Motion – scoring however, remains identical to DDR-style play by default.

Publisher: Stepmania team

Developer: Various; Stepmania team

Release Date: 2001

Players: Single or 2-Player

ERSB: N/A, but likely “E” for everyone.

Sample Gameplay Video(s):

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