I was expecting that playing this would be somewhat akin to being sent to hell and having my private parts flayed and soaked in vinegar. Surprisingly though, the experience wasn't half as unpleasant as I'd have thought (even though Ginger is still in there in all her obnoxious glory). It's still not my cup of tea, but I can appreciate why Spice World works. Clearly aimed at young, female Spice fans (and not mid 20-something, male games journos) this is less of a game and more of a sort of "toy" where you get to play with the Spice Girls in a number of different environments. Mess up one of their tunes in a mixing studio with the aid of a nauseating South London D), practice your dance moves with the superfly dance instructor and then it's off to the TV studio with a camp sounding director to put your video together. It's like a stripped-down, humorless PaRappa with the irritating Spice Girls thrown in for good measure. Add to this a "multimedia" presentation of the Girls talking about embarrassing moments, their movie, and all sorts of other rubbish and you have the perfect example of a "cash-in" product. Little girls everywhere will nag their parents rotten to get ahold of the thing. Let's hope that this opens their eyes to video games rather than just the mighty Spice Girls franchise.
Man, Psygnosis used to be the s***. The once-hip company that brought us WipeOut XL, G-Police and Colony Wars has sunk to a new low with this license. Even huge Spice fans may be disappointed in this title--the shallow interactive dancing and mixing games get very tiresome and repetitive after about five minutes, and the multimedia bits and interviews are short and sometimes hard to follow. P.S.--the Spice Girls suck.
Hmm...Let's see here. I'm not a 12-year-old girl. I don't hang out at the mall on Friday nights radiating Girl Power. My walls at home aren't covered with posters of the Backstreet Boys. I guess you could say I'm not exactly this game's target audience. Less a game and more a flashy piece of Spice Girls propaganda, Spice World just doesn't do anything for me. All I know is that I really needed to play NFL Blitz after finishing this game.
Are you 14? Are you female? Do you like the Spice Girls? Do you own a PlayStation? If you answered yes to all of these questions, give us a call--our News editor would love to meet you. No, I'm kidding. Actually, this "game" would be perfect for you. Otherwise, you'll have to be a pretty big fan of "Girl Power" to enjoy it, because Spice World isn't too hot. PaRappa and the upcoming Bust-A-Groove are much, much better.
Download Spice World
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
More a non-competitive experience than a game, Spice World lets you choose your favorite Spice Girl and one of five Spice "hit" songs. You then remix it by bouncing around nine sampling buttons. You'll use your song throughout the game (you'll need a memory card) while learning the Girls' dance moves via PaRappa-style button sequences. Eventually, you'll choreograph all five Spices (yes, Ginger is still on the Spice rack) and watch them perform. There's also a lengthy video segment featuring the real Spice Girls.
Visually, the polygonal Spice caricatures would terrify even Scary, and the dance moves are neither clear nor exciting. Clunky, confusing controls don't help, and the sound is...well, Spicy. Even devoted fans will exit Spice World quicker than Ginger did.
- Your mix must be at least 17 samples long to be saved.
- Are you feeling lazy? One dance sequence can be duplicated for all five Spices.