Dirty Dancing



Nothing dirty about this G-rated Facebook sim.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

As a resort manager, the player's goals involve making guests happy and seeing to their needs.

Positive role models

Baby and Johnny give out helpful advice throughout the game. Guests of the resort are there to have a good time, which includes dancing, bobbing for apples, and watching movies.

Ease of play

The game is straightforward to learn, and easily controlled with left mouse clicks.

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Players run a romantic retreat and drop "Romance Waves" onto guests to make them fall in love. Guests who are in love will form couples and begin walking side by side, and will only take up one bed at the resort instead of two. Interactions between guests is strictly G-rated, and there's nothing graphic.

Not applicable

Players can purchase premium currency and use it to speed up quests and buy exclusive items. The game sends at least one email directly to the player unless the feature is opted out of. The game is based on the Dirty Dancing movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Players are prompted to share game achievements on their Facebook wall. Neighbors are beneficial -- though not essential -- to progressing in the game, which might tempt players to friend strangers to gain more resources, which, in this case, means dance partners.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dirty Dancing is a social game spin-off of the Dirty Dancing movie (starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey) that is played on Facebook. The game is free to play, but players can purchase and use a premium currency (called Watermelons) to speed up the game and buy exclusive items. Facebook friends are needed to staff dance shows, or else players can use the basic default characters or pay to unlock additional ones. There's nothing "dirty" about this game -- its romance theme is tasteful and fun.

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What's it about?

In DIRTY DANCING, Kellerman's romantic retreat has fallen into disrepair, and players must restore it to its former glory. Players choose a guide (either Johnny Castles or Frances \"Baby\" Houseman from the film), then set about achieving the game's main goal: to get the resort's guests to fall in love. This is achieved by dropping \"Romance Waves\" onto guest to increase their romance meters, which eventually causes them to form couples and pair off. Players can also build attractions for couples to visit to earn coins and experience, and throw dance parties by recruiting some Facebook friends (or spending real cash to hire dancers).

Is it any good?


Dirty Dancing is really only loosely tied to the movie, but there are enough nods to the source material -- including  a scrapbook of unlockable still images from the film -- that fans shouldn't feel totally alienated. Although the game's central theme is romance, there's nothing "dirty" or objectionable about its content. Romance blossoming between two guests is shown as hearts rising above their heads, and the game uses a pixilated art style that's quirky and cartoonish rather than steamy.

The addition of dance parties sets Dirty Dancing apart somewhat from similar social sims, but players must wait at least an hour of real-time in between dance rehearsals (unless they shell out real-world cash to speed things up), so it's easy to run out of things to do.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about where this is a satisfying tie-in to the Dirty Dancing movie. What makes a good license-based game versus a bad one?

  • Families can also talk about some of the dance styles mentioned in the game (such as waltz, foxtrot). Are you inspired to learn some of these dances in real-life after playing the game?

  • Families can talk about online privacy and staying safe while online. Players should consider putting strangers on limited profile so they can play the game together but not be able to view private and personal profile information.

Game details

Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Available online
Release date:September 14, 2011
ESRB rating:NR for N/A (Facebook)

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