Go! Go! Break Steady

Go! Go! Break Steady

Go! Go! Break Steady

It's tricky to rock a rhyme (and then do a puzzle).

Microsoft Points: 800 (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60)

Games that attempt something new should always receive some small measure of praise, even if their innovation involves nothing more ambitious than squashing and stitching two genres together by the flappy bits. So it is with Go! Go! Break Steady, a game that's amusements are often overshadowed by the feeling that the developer is simply trying too hard to manufacture something new from old material.

On one hand, it's a rhythm game. You're controlling Hydro and his All-City Crew as they compete in a funky hip-hop dance-off competition with DJ Scruffy and the Beatniks. It's that safe version of old school hip-hop that you might expect to find in The Lenny Henry Show, but the music isn't bad provided you're not too demanding. Icons representing the face buttons swoop onto the screen in time to the music and, yes, you hit them as they pass through a circle in the centre. The better you do, the better you dance.

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Double update for Live Arcade tomorrow

Double update for Live Arcade tomorrow

Breakdancing and 1942: Joint Strike.

Microsoft is preparing a double dose of Live Arcade games for tomorrow.

1942: Joint Strike we already knew about; the Capcom top-down shooter from the brains behind Commando 3. This is being brought up to date with 3D graphics and new music.

Go! Go! Break Steady, on the other hand, is a rhythm-puzzle game which looks rather charming. Break Steady is by indie team Little Boy Games in Canada, and casts you as a cartoony breakdancer who pulls off moves by matching button presses to beats. There are around 20 songs to work through, on your own or with and against friends, online and locally.

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