A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this title not only gets kids off the couch, but it's a social game that may be best enjoyed when played with friends or families. There is a workout mode that keeps tracks of calories burned -- so parents, don't be shy about taking your turn! This title is appropriate for all ages, though children under 8 may lack the coordination, or the size, to work the large dance pad.
What's it about?
This particular version of the game features over 85 dance and disco songs from Dirty Vegas, Kylie Minogue, even KC and the Sunshine Band. While a portion of the song plays, videos or cheesy animation shows in the background, similar to karaoke videos (unless you're in the beginner level; then you are given an animated dancer to mirror instead). While you dance, a strange voice will encourage you (\"You are not an ordinary fellow!\") or perhaps admonish you by asking if you have a cold.
Basically, Dance Dance Revolution works like this: You choose your song, then use your feet on the gigantic dance pad to mimic the pattern of arrows you see on the screen.
Is it any good?
You can play DDR Max 2 alone, but it may be best enjoyed with friends and family. You'll be amazed at the fun you have laughing at yourself and each other, plus it may help kids (and shy adults) break free from some of their silly self-consciousness about dancing in public. Word to the wise: Start off with the "Lesson Mode." This will help your precision, and it will also teach you to look like you are actually dancing, instead of just stomping out of control all over the living room.
If you are considering using this as a fitness tool, there is a "Workout Mode" that will keep track of calories burned. You can set your own fitness goal (such as a specified workout time), and can save your results in a workout diary. The ignition dance pad is sold separately ($99.99 on Amazon), and you'll need two of them if you want to play against friends simultaneously (or dance on two pads yourself).
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