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Game Module: dance

About

History:

This mode was added from the very beginning of the history of the StepMania project, having several different tweaks and fixes done throughout the years.


Introduced:

This history does not include the original years before the project was announced and given to the community. If you know of any builds or information missing, do let us know! you can find some of these earlier builds at the archive here https://josevarela.xyz/SMArchive/Builds/index.html

4 Panel (Up/Down/Left/Right):

First Seen:

  • DDR PC Edition m1 - (single) (21 August 2001)
  • DDR PC Edition m1 - (double) (21 August 2001)

Replaced by:

  • Between StepMania 0.64 and 0.9 - (single4) (17 October 2001)
  • Between StepMania 0.64 and 0.9 - (versus4) (20 November 2001)
  • Between StepMania 0.64 and 0.9 - (double4) (20 November 2001)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (dance-edit-couple) (17 August 2002)
  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (routine) (17 June 2006)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania 1.64 - (single) (19 March 2002)
  • StepMania 1.64 - (versus) (19 March 2002)
  • StepMania 1.64 - (double) (19 March 2002)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v3.0 “compatibility test” - (dance-single) (27 May 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 “compatibility test” - (dance-versus) (27 May 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 “compatibility test” - (dance-double) (27 May 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 “compatibility test” - (dance-couple) (27 May 2002)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (DDR Single) (6 September 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (DDR Versus) (6 September 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (DDR Double) (6 September 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (DDR Couple) (6 September 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (DDR Couple) (6 September 2002) (Note: Edit Couple)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (single) (15 September 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (versus) (15 September 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (double) (15 September 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (couple) (15 September 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (couple (edit only)) (15 September 2002)

Replaced by: (dance-)

  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (single) (15 September 2002)
  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (versus) (15 September 2002)
  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (double) (15 September 2002)
  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (couple) (15 September 2002)
  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (couple (edit only)) (15 September 2002)
  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (routine) (17 June 2006)

6 Panel Up/Down/Left/Right/UpLeft/UpRight:

First Seen:

  • DDR PC Edition m1 - (solo6) (21 August 2001)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania 0.94 - (single6) (20 November 2001)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania 1.64 - (solo) (19 March 2002)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v3.0 “compatibility test” - (dance-solo) (27 May 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 “compatibility test” - (dance-solo-versus) (27 May 2002)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (DDR Solo) (6 September 2002)
  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (dance-solo-versus) (6 September 2002) This style was commented out for removal

Replaced by:

  • Project OutFox alpha 4.13.0 - (solo-double) (31 January 2022)
  • Project OutFox alpha 4.13.0 - (solo-versus) (31 January 2022)

3 Panel Left/Right/Down Arrangement:

First Seen:

  • StepMania v4.0 SVN - (three) (15 February 2010)

Replaced by:

  • sm-ssc v1.0 beta 3 - (threepanel) (2 May 2010)

Replaced by:

3 Panel UpLeft/UpRight/Down Arrangement:

First Seen:

  • StepMania 5.2 - (threepanel) (circa 2015)
  • Project OutFox alpha 4.2.0 - (threepanel) (5 February 2020)
  • Project OutFox alpha 4.13.0 - (threepanel-double) (31 January 2022)
  • Project OutFox alpha 4.13.0 - (threepanel-versus) (31 January 2022)

Supported Parser Types:

This mode is parser agnostic. It will load 4k charts from a variety of formats.

The table below lists the supported files and their types that dance supports, their panel/key value and the original mode the parser is used for (if any).

File TypeLabelOriginal ModeKey Values SupportedNotes
.bmsBMSdance4k / 6k / 8k4k dance / 6k dance / 4k dance doubles in be-mu charts
.dwiDWIdance4k / 6Klegacy dance with intensity charts
.sm/.sscSMdance3k / 4k / 6k / 8k3k dance / 4k dance / 6k dance / 4k dance doubles

Project OutFox added double and versus modes to solo and threepanel at the beginning of 2022 due to community request and demand. These charts will not parse on legacy builds of StepMania.

Gameplay

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