What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Get Up and Dance is an exergaming title that allows up to four players to compete or cooperate for the best dancing scores in a variety of different activities. The PlayStation version requires the use of Move controllers. Players can use two controllers for more accurate scoring, up to a total of four controllers in play.
What's it about?
GET UP AND DANCE invites up to four players to dance together. There are a variety of games, starting with simply following the dance moves on screen. Players can take on the lead dance role, or a slightly easier backup dancing role. You can compete in \"Tug-of-War,\" where your points \"pull\" the rope in either direction. \"Last Man Standing\" gives you 10 lives. Each failed move loses a life. The winner is the one who is still dancing when everyone else is knocked out. You can compete in teams and go for a winning team score. There is also a \"Talent Show\" mode where you'll need to impress the judges with your team dancing for five rounds. If fitness is your thing, select your level and the game will set goals for you to reach as well as songs to help you reach those goals. Additional features include a training mode where you can learn songs in segments, and a \"Video Jukebox\" option if you just want to watch the music videos without distraction.
Is it any good?
Get Up and Dance is a fun way to get active with friends. There are a lot of different options for game play, although most of them seem to be very similar. The one exception is the Talent Show mode, which adds an interesting level to the game. The lead/backup dancer option is a good idea in theory, but in practice, it makes the already busy screen confusing. It's far too easy to get distracted and end up following the wrong dancer, especially if you are new to games like these. Also, the scoring in this game feels inaccurate (more so than other games of the genre). The result is that this isn't the strongest option for a group dancing game.
On the other hand, the fitness mode is more robust (although still not phenomenal), so if that's your primary interest, you might want to give it a shot. There are no unlockables or downloadable content, but this comes in at a lower price point than its competition, so that may not matter.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about dance games as a form of exercise. What other types of exercise do you enjoy?
Families can also discuss appropriate clothing, music, and behavior for your family. What are the family rules? Are they different from appropriate behavior/dress in other locations like school? Church?