|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Avalanche Software||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Disney Interactive Studios||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 6, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Nathan Meunier
As is often the case for young budding musicians full of determination and ambition, launching a successful tour is nowhere near as glamorous as it's frequently portrayed on TV (unless you happen to be among the rare few to be picked up by a major label willing to throw buckets of money at you). Sure it may seem like all fun and games, but it's also hard work. In reality, going on tour with your band typically means driving in an old junker of a van across country for many hours, playing in dives for barely enough money to eat or even fill the gas tank, lugging your own equipment back and forth, and hoping you'll make it back home without ending up broke. Of course that's not how it goes when Disney is involved.
In the case of the fictional carefree TV teen pop star Hannah Montana, going on a tour - a world tour no less - is more in line with many teen fantasies of pop stardom. Far from the average band's tour experience, this trip packs in heaping sugary spoonfuls of move-laden dance choreography, a bit of sass, and LOTS (with added emphasis on the lots) of shopping. Montana fans will find much to enjoy in Hannah Montana Spotlight World Tour, and other gamers may be surprised at what a little exercise can do for their button mashing skills.
Following the release of her newest CD, Montana hits the road on a global trek to put on a series of shows in major cities around the world. As you travel from one location to the next you'll have an opportunity to see the sights and work the crowds in-between performances. Each new venue, though they look suspiciously familiar backstage, provides new and somewhat exciting opportunities to further propel your career towards superstardom. Occasional cutscenes and dialogue featuring main characters from the show add a little comedic flavor, complete with bad puns and laugh tracks.
To peg Spotlight World Tour as a music rhythm game would be only partially accurate. Sure, there's plenty of music, 15 Hannah Montana tunes from the popular show to be exact, but during the bulk of the time you're on stage you'll have no bearing on how the tunes are actually performed. Instead, your job is to look cool by kicking out the funky dance moves to woo the audience, earn new fans, and put on a decently choreographed performance. This feat is accomplished by executing well-timed maneuvers with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to make Montana show off her signature moves. She'll be singing most of the time, but the focus of performance gameplay is really on the dancing.