What parents need to know
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.
Is it any good?
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!