Space Channel 5 is the finest example yet of the burgeoning dance-game genre. If you've ever played Bust-a-Groove or Dance Dance Revolution, this is for you. Heck, if you've ever played Simon Says, this is for you. At root, it's based on short-term-memory skills and the repetition of simple movements in precise rhythmical order. As any parent knows, that can be surprisingly enjoyable even without the outer layers of campy cool.
Word to Jane Fonda: Sorry, but it looks like Barbarella's reign as ageless queen of swinging 1960s space kitsch is over. Make way for Ulala, the instantly iconic heroine of Space Channel 5 (Sega Dreamcast, $49.99). Barbarella may have had a spacecraft interior covered in orange shag carpet and a wardrobe consisting mostly of plastic see-through numbers, but we never saw her dance a step. Ulala, on the other hand, jives and shimmies with every step she takes in her 10-inch-heel, thigh-high go-go boots and has lines of dialogue like "What's going on? I'm feeling kinda... funky!" No contest, Barb.