A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Language is relatively mild, but you'll hear words like "hell" and "ho."
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Products & Purchases
This dance game showcases many famous artists.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A couple of the videos show people drinking.
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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.
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.
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