A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game focuses on dancing, moving, and having fun, all positive messages and activities for children.
Positive Role Models
The dancers on screen generally wear revealing outfits.
Ease of Play
The game gives good directions on how to figure out its mechanics and offers three levels of play per song, accommodating players of all skill sets.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the characters, including the one featured in the tutorial, wear revealing outfits, showing cleavage and exposed midriffs, along with short shorts. The camera will often sometimes linger on female dancer's buttocks. While there's nothing explicit, some song lyrics can be suggestive, with lines such as "Making love with you... is all I wanna do" and "Take a look into these bedroom eyes".
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Products & Purchases
The game offers downloadable content. This is expected to (but does not yet) include additional songs, which cost real world money.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DanceMasters is a dance game for the Kinect motion control peripheral for Xbox 360. The game lets players try to recreate the onscreen actions of dancer characters. Rather than actually teaching dance moves along the way, like Dance Central, this is a game where you strike dance poses to earn points and higher scores. Female dancers are generally dressed in skimpy outfits, and some of the song lyrics are sexually suggestive, but they're generally milder than anything you'll hear on commercial radio.
Is It Any Good?
DanceMasters is an incredibly fun game that puts no pressure on players to learn complicated moves. The point is less about nailing routines as it is about scoring points and moving. There's plenty of flailing about, but that's half the fun. The song selection likely won't be familiar to people who don't go to dance clubs, though, so you won't be able to dance to songs you're familiar with -- and only 20 of the game's 31 songs are initially available. (You have to unlock the others and DanceMasters isn't real clear about how to go about doing that.) Downloadable digital content will seemingly broaden the catalog, but we would have liked to have seen one or two familiar songs.
Online interaction: The game encourages you to play with friends online, but does allow children to play with strangers (or people not on their friend's list) via Xbox Live. However there is no chat.
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