In just one year’s time Nintendo Switch has proven to be a sanctuary for indie fans, and developers alike. Hololabs studio has undoubtedly created the best rhythm game currently available on the eShop. Floor Kids is a breakdancing spectacle, simple but majestic, no other game in history compares to this one. Beautifully hand-drawn graphics courtesy of JonJon, complimented by its authentic character design, makes the aesthetic truly mesmerizing. The visuals go hand-in-hand with the audio, as the soundtrack is composed entirely by turntable scratcher Kid Koala, giving the gameplay a unique hip-hop backdrop. The music is far from the mainstream style of modern rap music, you can give NBA2K a look if that’s what you’re in search of. The Canadian DJ composed numerous fantastic tracks with an underground, and at times experimental, tone that perfectly resembles the thematic elements of Floor Kids.

The solo experience is as uncomplicated as one could ask for, an experience which could be compared to other titles that heavily rely on gameplay to carry the experience. You travel between the eight stages unlocking the next location while simultaneously earning new songs, and characters, designed to help you master each as you progress. The only narrative offered comes in the form of comic-panels where an anthropomorphic creature offers some whimsical quips. Though the dialogue is rather forgettable, there’s something unexplicably delightful about the animals you encounter, each more ridiculous than the last. Street Capybara, Electro Stork, Dumbo Octopus, Goliath Beetle, they sound like something pulled out of a scrapped Pixar film. The only aspect of the experience that’s inherently difficult is determining which of the eight playable dancers best suits you. Their appearance isn’t the only thing that sets them apart, as each have a completely unique repertoire of dance moves, and this mode encourages you to experience each style for yourself. A total of twenty-four original songs extends the play-time considerably, especially when accounting for the multiple attempts required to find a comfortable groove for each beat.

The local versus mode is the absolute Floor Kids experience, the sole feature that makes this a must-have portable game. Whether you’re in a car, plane, or underground bomb shelter, an impromptu dance-off against your friend is just a few clicks away. Boasting what makes the game so special, opposed to titles like Guitar Hero, or Just Dance, which also have you compete with your friends while simultaneously listening to the same song. However, those titles have you attempting to perform a pre-determined routine to perfection, whereas Floor Kids allows you the freedom to freestyle however your heart desires, capturing the true essence of breakdancing. You receive bonus points for keeping pace with the beat, and for fulfilling sporadic requests from the audience. As for the move grading mechanics, it’s akin to popular skateboarding titles (Skate, or THPS) where you earn more points based on the difficulty of your moves and combinations. Do you stay true to the rhythm for the sweet bonuses? Or do you try to chain together some sick combos at risk of falling flat on your face? The choice is yours, as there’s no punishment either way, allowing you to be as creative in your technique as the software itself. As of press time, Nintendo Switch is the only console this has released on, but this version of the game is without online capabilities, something you won’t have to worry about if you purchase the game on Steam. Although an official statement has yet to be made on a potential online update in the future, this is truly the biggest downside of an otherwise outstanding indie gem.

Floor Kids Review (Nintendo Switch)
Floor Kids displays a nice combination of originiality and simplicity. Easy to learn and fun to play.
Overall Score9.1
  • Hand-drawn graphics
  • Inventive gameplay
  • High replay value
  • Small character selection
  • No online multiplayer
  • Single-player lacks depth
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