A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Michael Jackson The Experience HD is a game that challenges players to dance (with their on-screen fingers) like Michael through a touch-and-tap rhythm game. The music and graphics here are high quality and include some altered footage from his actual music videos. There are several opportunities to make in-app purchases; parents can disable these purchases in their device's settings. The game itself is not all that easy to get the hang of and, unless your younger kid is a huge Michael Jackson fan or really into dance, the learning curve may be too steep to hold attention for long enough to master and progress forward. But for teens and Michael Jackson fans, this is an interesting app to behold. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is it any good?
MICHAEL JACKSON THE EXPERIENCE HD is a beautiful app just to watch. The developer's ability to animate Jackson's moves and facial expressions and incorporate his music videos as well as bring diversity of songs into this game make it a real treat for MJ enthusiasts. The game, itself, however doesn't soar to quite as high praise as the graphics and music. The rhythm part is intuitive and essentially just follows the songs, but the hand motions and "shape" that players are supposed to mimic with their finger swipes from Jackson's onscreen dance moves can be quite frustrating to master, especially for younger players. Parents may want to explain their policy about in-app purchases to their kids before they play because there are a lot of them here. Overall, a visually and musically impressive app.
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