Developed by Andamiro of Korea, Pump It Up first debuted in 1999 in arcades, and over the next 5 years became an international smash hit, selling a remarkable 20,000 machines over nine different versions. The first home version of Pump It Up for the PC sold more than 250,000 units, mostly in Korea, Europe and Latin America.
In 2004 Mastiff and Andamiro joined forces to produce a version of Pump It Up for sale on console systems. The vision behind the project was simple: without changing what makes the arcade experience great, add the features and modes that home users expect.
Songs - The PlayStation 2 version includes 101 songs.
Difficulty Levels - There are 5 levels. NORMAL, HARD, CRAZY, FREESTYLE, and NIGHTMARE. Note: FREESTYLE and NIGHTMARE are one player, two mat modes. Two Player Mode is available in NORMAL, HARD, and CRAZY.
Modifiers - Modifiers allow you to change how the game is played. There are twelve kinds of modifiers including hidden modifiers.Example of Modifiers:
Velocity (Arrow speed will increase by 2, 3, 4 or 8 times.)
Mirror (Arrows are displayed backwards. It will be useful, if you are performing with your back to the screen for an audience.)
Vanish (Arrows will disappear halfway up the screen.).
Unlock System - Some songs, modes and modifiers are either locked or hidden.
Internet Rankings: Do well in the game and you get a 16 digit code so you can register the score online and compete with players all over the world.
Bigger Music Selection: PIU features more music and a wider selection of music to choose from than other dance games. Included are popular dance tracks from Grammy nominees Crystal Method and Steriogram, Elvis vs Junkie XL, Sugarhill Gang and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Additionally, there is a large selection of K-Pop (Korean Pop) songs featuring well-known Korean acts like BoA and CLON, Latin music, and music from the Pump It Up 'house' band, Banya.
The game offers one player, one mat modes, two players two mat modes, and uniquely, one player two mat modes.