Dance Paradise

 
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Rhythm dance game misses a few steps.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Despite some songs that are questionable for young players, the game's focus is about getting up off the couch and moving to the music.

Positive role models

There's not really a lead character in the game. You simply mimic the moves of onscreen icons.

Ease of play

The game has a fairly good tutorial and eases you into gameplay, but the game can get challenging quickly -- and the controls to navigate back to the main menu are very confusing.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Many of the female singers in the videos are in suggestive attire, and the videos can feature choreography that is very sexual in nature. Some of the song's lyrics are also risque, including Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax."

Language

Lyrics in many of the songs contain the occasional objectionable word, including "bitch" and "hell," as in "I'm a free bitch baby" from Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance."

Consumerism

You learn to dance to a lot of popular music, which showcases these artists' work.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Performers and actors in the videos shown on screen sometimes smoke or drink alcohol. Some lyrics also glorify alcohol (i.e. "We gon' sip Bacardi like it's your birthday").

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dance Paradise is a dancing game for the Xbox 360 that uses the Kinect motion capture controller. Players can learn a variety of dance moves, but the music has some lyrics that might be objectionable, and the music videos might be too mature for young players. There are, however, other "Teen"-rated games that push the envelope much further.

What's it about?

DANCE PARADISE is a dancing game that monitors your movements as you attempt to replicate the moves shown by onscreen avatars. The game follows in the footsteps of the incredibly popular Dance Central in that Kinect watches the movement of your entire body -- arms, legs, and torso. It features a wide collection of music, with over 40 songs and music videos.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Dance games are quickly becoming the best titles of the Kinect crop, but Dance Paradise seems to forget that a lot of the players might have two left feet. It's a fun game that gets a lot right, but many of the dance moves are complicated and confusing, especially for newcomers. The tutorial sets up the initial premise of the game, but doesn't help you learn any of the advanced moves. If you've got rhythm, though, this might be a good game for you. It comes with a variety of game play modes, and local multiplayer lets you play with a friend in the same room. (Multiplayer matches through Xbox Live are not supported.) The visuals, meanwhile, are good, and the song collection is robust, ranging from Lady GaGa and Rihanna to Gloria Gaynor and Kool & the Gang. Onlookers will appreciate the music videos that play in the background, but players probably will be too focused on their next dance move to pay much attention.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the dance moves they're learning would be popular in the real world .

  • Does playing the game make you feel like you're getting exercise? Are you more or less likely to play for a long time since you're moving around so much?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:February 15, 2011
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Lyrics, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco (Xbox 360)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byemilyskull February 28, 2011
 

THIS GAME IS AWESOME

Come on people this is the best game eva i confess there are bad words but it gets kids movin while having fun
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