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Posted at 2:17 PM ET, 06/15/2010

A peek at Grease, the video game

By Jen Chaney

If a sing-along "Grease" movie with onscreen, bleeped-out curse words doesn't satisfy your Danny Zuko desires, perhaps "Grease: The Game" will.

Due out this August and playable on Nintendo Wii and DS systems, "Grease" the video game does exactly what you'd expect: it allows players to dance and sing along with digitally rendered versions of Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and the whole gang from Rydell High. But it does even more than that. More, I tell you!

To quote from the press release issued by developer 505 Games: "Grease: The Game is loaded with challenging mini-games that let players sing the movie’s iconic songs, dance the hand jive hop, race down Thunder Road and have fun at the Rydell Graduation carnival with Frenchie, Kenickie, Rizzo and the rest of the T-Birds and Pink Ladies."

But why read when you can watch this recently released video preview, featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John sound-alikes crooning "You're the One That I Want"?

As a "Grease" fan, I can't decide whether I should feel: a. horrified, or b. eager to start hand jiving with my Wii-mote as soon as possible. (Odds are I'll compromise and play the game while maintaining an appropriately horrified look on my face.)

505 Games and Paramount are promoting this as a party game, one that allows teams to compete against each other for "Grease" performance supremacy. I can only hope that my decision to pursue a college minor in "Rama Lama Lama" will finally pay off.

If this game becomes a major success, I suppose we should expect to see video game versions of other musical favorites in the near future. I personally can't wait to play "Mortal Moulin Rouge Kombat," "Call of Mamma Mia Duty: Finally Facing My Waterloo," "Wii Sports Resort: 'From Justin to Kelly' Edition" and the inevitable sequel to "Grease: The Game," "Grand Greased Lightnin' Theft." Game on, T-Birds!

By Jen Chaney  | June 15, 2010; 2:17 PM ET
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Movies, Video Games  
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i would love to see henry jenkins comment on this one...

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | June 15, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

As a gamer and a "Grease" fan, let me be the first to say "Dear Lord, why have you forsaken us?!?!"

(As an aside, I would play the hell out of "Mortal Moulin Rouge Combat". I'd bet John Leguizamo dressed as a mandoline could really do some damage.)

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | June 15, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

So why aren't you reporting about Al Gore's affair with Laurie David? Everybody else.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 15, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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