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03:43 CST :: 11/30/2005

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The answer to this question depends on which mix you are playing on.  Many of the original game modes still exist today, but a few of them have left the PIU scene, perhaps for good.  However, all of the song modes that appeared in Pump It Up will be described here in detail.  The best source of information for this answer will be both the Wikipedia article on Pump It Up and Koop's Exceed SE FAQ.  In addition I have also added info on which mixes the mode appeared in and made a few edits to the information.

Normal (Easy)

Koop Answer:
This is the beginners [mode]. Here newer players can get the hang of playing the game. Difficulty wise, there are still some songs requiring skill and understanding of the game, however most songs are very easy.  Also called Easy in pre-Perfect Collection mixes.

Appears in: All mixes

Hard

Koop Answer:
This is called the professional mode. Here songs are stepped to their best performance. You are required to perform trickier step patterns, and even turn or twist. Most songs in this mode are tricky however not impossible to do.

Appears in: All mixes

Crazy

Koop answer:
The Stepper Mode. Here you must know how to twist, turn, spin and have very quick stepping quality. Most songs are a lot harder then in hard and require you to be able to grasp the above skills. Leave this mode until you feel comfortable with the game.

Appeared: Every mix except 1st and 2nd Dance Floor

Division

Wikipedia answer:
In this mode the player(s) are presented with choice making sections during a song which give them choices to change the mode at the point (each side being separate):

   * G Groove Style: a sort of step chart for freestyling; most commonly resembles hard mode.
   * W Wild Style: a harder set of steps, resembles Hard mode and Crazy mode depending on the song it can also get more difficult than crazy if only Ws are pressed on certain songs.

If no choice is made during the choice making section the player who missed the choice making point is set to normal mode. It also to be noted that the songs have no set difficulty levels and instead the level is displayed as "??" due to the fact you can change the difficulty. This currently is the only way to have separate difficulties for two players on PIU, and was only present on Rebirth and Premiere 2. Andamiro only made 23 songs available on this mode, one of which seemed unfinished A Prison Without Bars.


Appeared in: Rebirth, Premiere 2


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Freestyle (Double)

Koop Answer:
This is the Double's mode. Here you are to step to both sides of the machine (and TWO pads.) This is a one player only mode. Step difficulties can range from somewhat easy to very difficult. In most occasions, songs can be given routines and new dance routines and free styling can be done (as the name suggests.)

This mode was called Double until Prex 3 when it was changed to Free Style.  There is a thread in this forum that gives more information about the name change.

Appeared in: Every mix

Nightmare

Koop Answer:
The Burning Mode. Take Crazy mode, and make it on two pads. This is what Nightmare is. These are considered the hardest steps for a song to have and require you to do all the skills you need to have learned from Crazy, as well as the ability to hit notes far apart. This is a one player only mode.

Appeared in: Prex 3, Exceed, Exceed 2

Extra Expert (XX)

Wikipedia answer:
Instead of featuring the traditional Crazy mode, the Extra version had the Extra Expert, where songs had a special difficulty rating. Other versions use the same steps from this mode in their Crazy mode.

One unique characteristic, though, is that songs have both single and double steps listed in this mode. The Extra Expert Double steps were, like the later-introduced Nightmare steps, harder than the original Double steps. However, these step sequences are not available in any other release even the songs that already had XX Double steps in Extra got brand new sequences for their Nightmare versions.


Appeared in: Extra

Half-Double

Wikipedia Answer:
In this mode, a single player stays in the center of both pads and uses the inner six arrows to play: the center and rightmost arrows from the left pad, and the center and leftmost arrows from the right pad.

Appeared in: Premiere 2, Premiere 3, Prex 3

Nonstop Remix (Remix Station)

Wikipedia Answer:
This mode appeared in Korean releases, and featured longer songs normally mixing two or three songs from artists featured in other songs of the game (most of the mixed songs also were part of the game). As the songs are longer, many people consider them also more tiring.

Just like Extra Expert, this mode also features single and double versions of each song.


In the newest mix Exceed 2, this mode is now called the Remix Station.

Appeared in: 1st Dance Floor, 2nd Dance Floor, O.B.G., O.B.G. S.E., Collection, Perfect Collection, Exceed 2

Battle Mode

Wikipedia answer:
In this game mode, two players compete on two songs in hard mode and a song in crazy mode. The winner for each song is the player who gets the highest score.

On versions up to The Premiere, a player could "attack" (cause the effect of a modifier, like speed up or vanish) to the opponent's scrolling arrows by accumulating a combo and then breaking it. The effect depended on the combo accumulated by the attacker. On The Prex and Extra this attacking feature was removed. Recently released Exceed 2 brought it back in a whole new "station" as it was referred to. There would be extra bonus arrows containing power ups activated by action steps that come up later which launches the attack. The battle could be decided in only 1 song in most cases.

Stage Break does not affect this mode.


Appeared in: 1st Dance Floor, 2nd Dance Floor, O.B.G., O.B.G. S.E., Collection, Perfect Collection, Premiere, Exceed 2

Combo Battle Mode

Wikipedia answer:
In this mode the players rack up combos and the highest combo count wins. The only requirement to win is to get a higher max combo.

This mode was introduced in The Premiere 2/Rebirth.


Appeared in: Rebirth, Premiere 2, Prex 2, Premiere 3, Prex 3, Exceed


These are all the game modes that have appeared in Pump It Up up to this date (Exceed 2).  If you have any questions, feel free to ask around or PM a mod or admin.


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