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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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?
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.
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