Zwilrz

Common Sense Media says

Girl-power dancing game tries to bring motion to iDevices.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The dance moves the game requires aren't hard to learn, but there are a lot of them -- certainly too many for very young players. There's no ramp up to the game, either. It throws you into the full song rather than giving players a chance to build confidence in early levels. 

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Consumerism

Two add-on packs to the game are listed in the main play menu, which could confuse some players into thinking they're included with the app. Rather, they are $.99 in-app purchases.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zwirlz is a different sort of app from most, relying not on players touching the screen or tilting their iDevice, but by learning a song and dance moves and performing them in the real world. The app can't watch you, of course, so the honor system is required. Two add-ons are mentioned in the main menu; they appear to be included with the app but are actually in-app purchases, which may confuse some players.

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QUALITY
 

Zwirlz tries hard to bring Wii sensibilities to iDevices, but it ultimately falls a little short of that lofty goal. It's laudable for encouraging kids to get off the couch and move -- and tweens may have a blast with it -- but it doesn't do a great job of easing people into the performance. The app features over 20 simple dance moves that players have to memorize, but instead of introducing those at a steady pace, it asks players to learn them all before playing the meat of the game, which requires more memorization -- this time of a song. That's asking a lot of an iDevice user. The message of the app (girl power) is a good one, though, and the dance moves are fun. It's a good app for sleepovers or when you've got a house full of young kids and it's raining. Just be sure to make sure no one steps on the iPhone!

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subscription price:$.99
Release date:July 13, 2011
Category:Music
Size:51.30 MB
Publisher:Zwirlz
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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