Dancing Stage in earlier games in Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Oceania, and also some เกม konami games in Japan, is a music video game series produced by Konami. Dance Dance Revolution has been met with critical acclaim for its originality and stamina in the video game market.
The core gameplay involves the player stepping their feet to correspond with the arrows that appears on screen and the beat. Additional arrow types are added in later mixes. Freeze Arrows, introduced in DDRMAX, are long green arrows that must be held down until they completely travel through the Step Zone. Each of these arrows awards an “O. Successfully hitting the arrows in time with the music fills the “Dance Gauge”, or life bar, while failure to do so drains it.
If the Dance Gauge is fully exhausted during gameplay, the player will fail the song, and the game will be over. Aside from play style Single, Dance Dance Revolution provides two other play styles: Versus, where two players can play Single simultaneously, and Double, where one player uses all eight panels. Depending on the edition of the game, dance steps are broken into various levels of difficulty, often by colour. In addition, each difficulty rating would also be labeled with a title.
Beginning in DDRMAX, a “Groove Radar” was introduced, showing how difficult a particular sequence is in various categories, such as the maximum density of steps, and so on. The step difficulty was removed in favor of the Groove Radar. 4th Mix Plus Maniac stepcharts as the default Heavy stepcharts. Later on, DDR SuperNOVA2 removed the foot rating and replaced it with bars. However, all songs from the previous games remain identical, with very few changes to certain song difficulties. 1-20, the first 10 represented by yellow bars, and the second 10 represented by additional red blocks shown in place of yellow bars. All songs from previous versions were re-rated on the new scale.
The foot-rating system was completely removed for 6th Mix, and replaced by the Groove Radar. The Groove Radar is a graphical representation of the difficulty of a song based in five different areas: Stream, Voltage, Air, Chaos, and Freeze. Stream – Indicates the overall density of the steps of the song. Each game usually has a song that max out a category within the radar. If a song in a following mix or update has a higher category measurement, then the groove radar is renewed so the new song can max out that category, while all previous songs are re-rated in respect to the new radar.