Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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TV exercise guru brings her tough love to Kinect.

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Positive Messages

Jillian Michaels takes on the role of a personal trainer and can actually have a bit of a stern voice in trying to get players to replicate the movements on the screen. While that may not be a positive takeaway from the experience, what is positive is that developing a fitness routine has rewards in wellness for the user.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jillian Michaels will exhort players to perform the motions without regard to how tired they may be; on the flip side of that, though, is the sense that she is speaking directly to the user and that she can be encouraging about the workouts.

Ease of Play

The movements are all demonstrated and then players are asked to replicate the various moves either in a circuit training run through a jungle, or in a single exercise setting. Building up endurance can be an issue at times -- depending on the fitness level of the player. The menus are easy to motion-navigate. However, Kinect doesn't always read the player's movements correctly, which makes Michaels ask for the moves to be performed again.

Violence

Players learn a variety of moves, such as side-kicks, as well as elbow and knee strikes (or thrusts, if looking solely at the move as an exercise), and while engaged in circuit training in the jungle, creatures such as spiders may attack -- which players fend off with the moves. Sounds of contact can be heard and the creatures tend to cringe from the attacks as though actual contact was made.

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Consumerism

Jillian Michaels is a fitness expert that has her name branded over a lot of things, from vitamins to weight loss plans and so on. This is another branded title that will certainly lead to name recognition.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure is a fitness workout program that combines fantasy settings with real fitness routines. This is an Xbox 360 game that requires the Kinect sensor to play. The workouts can be tailored for individual players by putting in age, gender, weight and height measurements (the game calculates body mass index and displays that information). A large area is needed to play this game because players may be asked to jump or do bridging exercises on the floor and the Kinect camera needs to be able to see both moves.

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What's it about?

JILLIAN MICHAELS FITNESS ADVENTURE is a fitness regimen tailored for players that allows for either single exercises, circuits, or the fitness adventure, which is a level-based exercise routine. There are 71 exercises available in fitness training mode. In addition to running one of the 12 included circuits, players can also create their own circuits. Times are recorded and can be uploaded via Xbox LIVE to leaderboards. The Fitness Adventure takes place in a temple, which has 58 levels and each level has four randomly chosen exercises. Players also have access to a fitness calendar to mark progress and view upcoming workouts.

Is it any good?

Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure suffers from the occasional disconnect between the Kinect camera and the player's motions; there is no doubt, however, that there are ample exercises to perform and each one can be demonstrated to the player prior to doing them to ensure that they are being done correctly. The routines can be used without standing in front of the Kinect, and that is a good thing. Of course, anything that gets players moving cannot be that bad; but a weakness with this title is that, after a while, the routines get old and the title loses its appeal. It is a good exercise game to add to a library of others.

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Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Majesco
  • Release date: November 8, 2011
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild violence

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