Now you, too, can try to put Baby in the corner by playing Dirty Dancing, a new Facebook game to be launched later this month by developer Social Game Universe.
Even though 24 years have elapsed since the namesake movie, the Dirty Dancing page on Facebook has more than 10 million fans, more than what numerous more recent blockbusters enjoy; apparently it’s never too late to monetize a popular brand on the social network.
So the game Dirty Dancing uses pixel art in an attempt to bring back the feel of the 1987 film of the same name, and components of the game include:
- Hey, Baby: Characters representing game players and their friends learn and rehearse dance moves alongside Dirty Dancing characters including Baby and Johnny, unlocking new levels with each successful performance.
- Love Is Strange: Players wander around Kellerman’s resort and drop cupid-style grenades called “Romance Waves,” which cause gets to fall in love and stay longer, to the tune of songs from the movie’s soundtrack, including “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes.”
The pixel art gives the game a neat, retro feel, and players are encouraged to add and invite friends at virtually every break in play, so Dirty Dancing clearly takes advantage of the social aspect of Facebook.
Users collect money by performing certain tasks, such as enticing guests to stay longer using the Romance Waves mentioned above, and checking in cars and the guests they are carrying.
The money can buy attractions, decorations, and more lodges for the resort, and to unlock dancers. Facebook Credits can also be used to purchase watermelons, which serve as currency in the game, by using the actual currency of players (as in, their credit cards).
The guide — players choose Baby or Johnny at the beginning of play — is helpful throughout game play, and he or she constantly prompts users to take actions, keeping the game moving.
There’s a lot to digest when playing for the first time, but Baby or Johnny are there every step of the way.
Bottom line: If you’re a Dirty Dancing fan, you will definitely enjoy the Dirty Dancing game on Facebook, and even if the movie wasn’t one of your favorites, all of the different elements in the game should keep you interested.
Readers: Do you expect to have the time of your life when the Dirty Dancing game is officially released on Facebook later this month?