Get Up and Dance

Game review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Musical variety, but questionable controls make a mixed bag.

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Positive Messages

The game encourages kids to be fit and healthy, in part by dancing, but also by including a "Shape Up" mode that tracks calories burned. On the other hand, suggestive lyrics and dance moves may send inappropriate messages to kids.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game includes music videos that can contain sexual lyrics and content, as well as skimpy/revealing clothing. 

Ease of Play

The game has music videos playing in the background. They are clear in the center of the screen behind the dancers, but blurry around the edges. The whole effect is distracting, making it difficult to watch the actual dancer and the upcoming moves. The game also has questionable tracking for whether you're completing a dance move correctly.

Violence
Sex

The game includes skimpy/revealing clothing, suggestive dance moves, and suggestive song lyrics, such as, "Hope you don't see me blush, but I can't help but want you more, more" (Timbaland), "Dont cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me" (Pussycat Dolls), and, "Cuz tonight I need to kiss a sexy little dirty scream" (Nicole Scherzinger). It's more suggestive than explicit, and is on the tamer side of what you would see on a music video channel.

Language

Language is relatively mild, but you'll hear words like "hell" and "ho." 

Consumerism

This dance game showcases many famous artists.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of the videos show people drinking.

What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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