iPhone App Review: Super Dance Elf Christmas

iPhone App Review: Super Dance Elf Christmas

November 23rd, 2010 by

Sometimes an app comes along that is so utterly ridiculous that you can’t help but smile. Super Dance Elf Christmas with Friends is one of them. I downloaded this app today and wanted to tell everyone about it before my feeling of silly, stupid elf-euphoria wore off.

The concept is simple: you take a picture of someone’s face with the camera or from your album, and that face is put onto one of four dancing elves. Well, three elves and a reggae reindeer, no joke. You then watch as the elf (or reindeer) dance to a jolly Christmas tune.

I know, it doesn’t get much sillier than this, but it’s a lot of fun if you enjoy Christmas-y type stuff or if you are in touch with your inner child.

Pros

One of the nicest things about this app is that the dancing elves are real video of a person dancing, not CG or animated. It gives the videos a classy, old-fashioned touch that you can’t get with animated dancing elves.

The app also does a great job of doing what we called in the business world “setting you up for success”. When you go to take a picture a face-shaped cutout is laid over the screen so that you can successfully line up your shot. Brilliant!

It’s also nice to be able to share the elves with other people, because otherwise what’s the point, right? There is a problem with the sharing feature though, which I’ll go into in the section on…

Cons

Sharing the dancing videos is great, but unless someone has the app installed on their iOS device then all you’re sharing is a still photo. You need the app to view the videos. It would be nice to somehow be able to at least upload the videos to a social networking service, or link to them on a server somewhere.

There is also a minor thing where if you delete a saved dancing elf video, the app crashes.

The only other niggling issue I have with the app is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to stop a video while it’s running, other than to exit out of the app with the home button.

The app starts up very quickly so the prior two bugs are annoying, but not show-stoppers.

Overall

Despite those annoying issues, I really loved the Super Dance Elf Christmas app.

Fixing those bugs would be great, adding a way to share videos outside the app would be terrific, or even just adding a VGA out capability so you can share the videos on a large screen would be a welcome addition.

  • Drew Lanning

    Well said, Cat, if a bit loud.

  • CAT

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEND THE APP TO COMPUTER AND HAVE THE ELF DANCE. ITS NOT FUN TO SHARE THE APP IF THE PEOPLE YOU SEND IT TO CANT SEE IT DANCE. WISH YOU WOULD LET IT WORK THAT WAY

  • Jeff33

    Man this app is too fun, my daughter won't stop playing it. Good Christmas apps are hard to find you should review more of them.

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