Music and city culture almost always go hand-in-hand with each other, which is greatly exaggerated in Floor Kids in the best ways. If you have an affinity for hip-hop music or grew up with the urban lifestyle around you, then you’ll appreciate the visuals and fun nods found throughout the game. Whether you were a b-boy back in the day or witnessed people break into stylish dance on the city streets, Floor Kids has a fun interpretation of that you will love. But the real star of this game is the music itself, which is fantastic and compliments the visuals in nearly every way. You’ll definitely feel the beat and get down with the rhythm once you start playing.
Floor Kids has a story mode that follows a simple plot. You’re traveling all over the city to demonstrate your breakdance skills to everyone, while also gather a crew behind you along the way. There’s not much beyond that, which is fine since the focus can remain on the music rather than a tacked on narrative. Completing tracks in the story can open up more areas and more songs to dance to. The better you perform, the higher your rating, and the more songs and characters you can unlock. You can unlock every song and playable character by simply finishing the story mode, which doesn’t take long at all to complete.
Playing the songs themselves is both fun and unique. You tap the face buttons to the beat in order to perform various moves, which can be changed with the directional buttons and holding down certain buttons. The more you string together different moves, the more hype the crowd gets and points you earn. Though you’re following the beat of the song playing, doing well is all about how creative you get free-styling.
What dance moves you can string together well determines your overall rating by the song’s end. This is definitely not difficult, but you need to get more creative and clever if you want to reach those higher ratings. Regardless of what you do however, you can feel real smooth and fly when you see your character busting out all kinds of crazy dance moves on the floor.
There is a multiplayer dance battle mode that is fun for those that want to play with a friend. It’s treated like a dance battle between two people. Each player takes their turn breakdancing to the beat, with short sections where you have to hit all the notes together. The player with the higher score is the winner.
It would’ve been nice to have variations of the battles to make them more interesting, like having certain moves either banned or encouraged by the crowd. Or what about taking the dance battle idea further by having both players dance simultaneously in a true battle? While the multiplayer is good, it makes one imagine what else could’ve been done.
The track listing of Floor Kids is all original music that sounds absolutely great. If you’re not a fan of hip-hop or upbeat music, then you’re probably not going to enjoy playing Floor Kids. But everyone else that listens to the music with an open mind will find themselves adding a few tracks to their MP3 player. The soundtrack is fun and compliments the urban visuals throughout the whole game.
However, there isn’t any additional tracks to unlock after the initial set featured in story mode, which is a shame for any music based game that has an enjoyable soundtrack. Having bonus tracks outside of the story mode for multiplayer or the single player Infinity mode would’ve been amazing, giving more to those who breeze through the story mode.
Floor Kids is a fun rhythm game that really takes its themes and concept far. The music is great and the visual style is just as cool as its selection of beats. While not difficult as other music-based games, you will definitely find yourself grooving to the game’s tracks again and again. It could definitely use more music tracks to keep the party going, but what is here is definitely stylish for everyone. Word up to all of this.
This review is based on a digital review code of Floor Kids for the Nintendo Switch, provided by MERJ MEDIA.