The dance style is a cross between futuristic and Egyptian. The routine contains a trio of a leading woman, and the backup dancers are women and men, switching around.
She is supposed to represent Katy as Katy-patra in the official music video for the song. She has blue hair with red highlights, an egyptian crown coloured in the shades of the outfit, a red like bra shaped top, a blue long skirt with no fabric on front and a big red design, tied with gold chains like a belt. As footwear, she has gold bejeweled sandals with heels on. During the chorus, she is in a golden bodysuit bejeweled with decorations. During the bridge she has the same outfit as in the verses but this time with a neon colour scheme.
The backup dancers begin as female cat dancers similar to the music video. Their skin is reddish brown and they wear light blue tops and skirts with dark blue and gold highlights. Their hair is dark blue cut in a bob style having an ombre effect changing to light blue.
During the chorus, the cat dancers turn into the male servants (but with blue skin) similar to the music video and are wearing necklaces and purple shorts and shoes. They appear as shirtless. During the bridge, they have neon colour schemes with neon red and purple pants and black skin with red light shadings.
The background seems to have come from the music video. There's a red carpet within a sand fortress and it takes place within a desert. During the chorus, pyramids appear with a color blue in the top and bottom of a pyramid in a dark sky in the background.
There are 3 Gold Moves in the Classic routine, all of which are the same: All Gold Moves: Cross your arms over your chest and then shake your head during the line. The third gold move is the final move for the routine.
Gold Move 1
Gold Move 1 in-game
Gold Move 2
Gold Move 2 in-game
Gold Move 3
Gold Move 3 in-game
There are 3 Gold Moves in the Mashup: Gold Moves 1 and 2: Bend over and put both your hands behind you while semi-crouching. (She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)) Gold Move 3: Cross your arms over your chest and then shake your head. (Dark Horse)
In the picture of the full song list, Dark Horse was not listed.
The gameplay takes many elements from the music video.
The background resembles the one in the music video a lot.
The dancer is wearing an outfit similar to Katy Perry in the music video.
The beginning is just like the second verse of the music video.
The painting at the beginning and at the end of the routine is inspired on the one from the teaser of the official music video.
The choreography uses a move from the music video.
The song's avatar is one of the few to have eyebrows.
There is a total of eleven dancers in the Classic mode. However, only three are playable.
In the song selection menu, four backup dancers can be seen instead of the two playable ones. This is the first time non-playable clone backups are seen in the background of the song selection menu for a song with backups. It is followed by Hey Mama.
In the gameplay, the line We're down to earth is misinterpreted as But down to earth.
On the World Dance Floor, whenever this song is chosen for play without voting, the backup dancers are not selectable. Instead, the player will choose between two topics (like solo routines that were chosen without voting or VIP), and the player will be advised to follow P2.
In the Mashup, the coaches seem to have been enlarged.
In the Mashup, the unfinished pictogram for Iko Iko appears. This same pictogram also appears in The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)’s mashup.
Similar to the VIP of It's My Birthdayand the Community Remix of The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?), the Community Remix does not include pictograms. This is because it only counts scoring for the lead dancer.
In the Just Dance Now files for Dark Horse, there are four beta pictograms that use the default pictogram colours (green, red, and magenta).
As of September 2016, Dark Horse is the only song by Katy Perry that is not available in Just Dance Unlimited or under the "Katy Perry" Playlist on Just Dance Now.
In the Mashup of Fatima, the pictograms for P2 are pointed to a more orange colour.