DDR Max 2

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Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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This aerobic game gets the whole family moving.

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No swearing, but some of the songs have sexy lyrics.


It's worth noting that there is special equipment needed, and this is part of a franchise of games. Plus, some of the songs feature actual videos (and their performers), which could encourage your kids to buy the music.

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.

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Adult Written bycheer mom April 9, 2008
Adult Written byraduran April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written bymovieman09 April 9, 2008


The game is fun and there is actually a mode that tells you how many calories you have lost. Some of the lyrics have innuendos that older kids would get but the... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

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).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game is different from other popular titles (like Grand Theft Auto, etc.). What are some other ways that games can be good for kids and teens?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 2
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release date: September 24, 2003
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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