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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Floor Kids is a downloadable rhythm music game that has players tapping buttons in time with funky grooves and beats across multiple stages. There's a cast of eight different characters, though they aren't developed much beyond showcasing their myriad dance moves. It's an all-ages game, with the only potential obstacle for younger kids: An expectation to memorize the names of 16 moves per character and have the ability to do them when called out by the crowd.
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What’s It About?
FLOOR KIDS is a distinct music game that lets players engage in break-dance battles. Its innovative controls allow you the freedom to play the way you like, with a dynamic scoring system that rewards your moves based on musicality, originality, and style. The overall goal is to build up your crew, unlocking new characters and locations as you make your way across the city, busting hundreds of moves and countless combinations on your journey from the corner to the club.
Is It Any Good?
This rhythm-based game is a rare treat that's both vivid and different but, unfortunately, it's beset with a couple of small conceptual hiccups that step on its toes. Younger players will, no doubt, find a lot to love about Floor Kids, especially if it's their first exposure to music as something to wholly experience on their own. Everything about music is active, not passive, in this game, with players needing to earn high scores by tapping buttons on the beat and experimenting with transitioning from one move to another by deploying different combinations of other buttons on the same controller. As the game's marketing proudly says: "Unlock 8 unique characters each with 16 moves and over 100 transitions between them." The problem with this, though, is after a brief tutorial, it's apparently expected that you've committed the names of all these moves to memory and can do them instantly. That is, although the game's scoring system wants you to win over crowds with musicality, originality, and style, people who watch you dance will shout out the names of moves or freeze-frame stills from them, with the hope that you'll go from what you're doing to what they want. It's a lot to ask, especially in a game that seems intent on being aimed at younger players.
This is also compounded by the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller being slightly more imprecise than the Switch itself. The millisecond delay that goes unnoticed in other games proves critical here, as you'll find even if you hit the moves people want, if you don't do it at the exact right second, you'll be too late. This is also most evident in each song's chorus, where you're expected to mash buttons right on the beat in funky successions. The scoring system here is a little more forgiving -- yielding confusing scores like "100 percent with 3 misses" -- but on the whole, the repetitive nature of the game doesn't help nudge you in building your own style. You'll do just as well mashing buttons as you will trying to show off, as long as you're on the beat with what you're doing. So, as it stands overall, the game is a fantastic introduction for kids being introduced to music and playing around with what it inspires them to do, but they might be better off actually dancing and moving around.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Why is it so rare to see video games without violence? Why aren't games like this more popular?
Discuss the ability video games have to impart teachable skills. If this game is your first exposure to rhythm and letting art inspire you to do something, where could that curiosity and openness lead you? What else does it make you want to learn?
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: MERJ Media
- Release date: December 7, 2017
- Genre: Music & Dance
- Topics: Friendship, Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
- Last updated: December 7, 2017
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