A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game's goal is to develop a health-conscious fitness routine, with planned workout regimens designed for individual players. The game is upbeat and positive and tries to make working out inviting and fun.
Positive Role Models
The in-game trainers are nice, complimentary, and present clear instructions.
Ease of Play
While the instructions seem clear, actually pulling off the movements and scoring 'good' on the meters can be challenging. The game has a caloric goal for each workout, which is achieved by accurately pulling off the moves in time to the music. The game can be played with one Wii remote, but two is recommended to get the full range of motion in each exercise.
Violence & Scariness
There is mild cartoon violence, such as boxing a kangaroo, or an alligator chasing a canoe, but nothing that shows blood or is intended to be frightening.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The trainers and in-game dancers wear tight clothing and some of the dance moves might be interpreted as mildly suggestive. Note, too, that it features pop radio songs with lyrics containing mild innuendo.
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Products & Purchases
Gold's Gym branding is apparent throughout the game. Plus, the box contains a complimentary seven-day pass to a Gold's Gym. It's a clear example of cross promotion.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gold's Gym Dance Workout melds aerobic exercise routines with dances to burn specific calorie amounts. It has a positive, upbeat vibe, and promotes physical fitness. Note that the aerobic-style workouts that this game offers can be intense; players with pre-existing physical conditions should go easy, not play for too long, and be supervised.
Is It Any Good?
The instructions are clear and easy to understand, but keeping up with the trainers can be challenging. Gold's Gym Dance Workout will make players generate a sweat, and while the game is certainly not the end-all of fitness routines, it is a fun way to work off a few calories. There is a enough variety here to keep the game from becoming overly repetitious, but we suspect that it will start spending more time on the shelf than in your Wii within about a month. Like any fitness routine, it takes dedication to achieve results. That said, Dance Workout does a nice job with its presentation and encourages players to achieve the goals they set.
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