JumpStart Get Moving Family Fitness Sports Edition

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Good but not great collection of active mini-games.

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Positive Messages

The messages of this game are all very positive ones, urging kids to eat healthy snacks, get lots of exercise, and spend time outdoots. The game itself requires kids to be active.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As host of this game, Brooke Burke is an amiable fitness instructor, ready to play active games with kids -- and show them how.

Ease of Play

Ease of play varies from one mini-game to the next and also depends on the control scheme you choose to use. The game supports the Wii Balance Board peripheral, and for some games, the Board is a much easier control tool to use than the standard Wii remote and nunchuck (a flying game, for example, is almost impossible to steer without the balance board). For others, however, you may find it easier to use the standard controls.

Violence & Scariness

In a few of the mini-games, your avatar can get hit -- by a ball, by a thrown flower pot, by a defensive football player, by the big-gloved hand of a sparring partner. Whenever this happens, your avatar usually just reels about for a second while a springy "boing" sound is heard.

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Within the packaging, you will find a card with a discount code for use on the JumpStart.com website.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while JumpStart Get Moving Family Fitness Sports Edition does not require a Wii Balance Board to play, the game is much more fun for kids who own one. This is a game that requires your kids to get up and move to play. It also offers messages about the importance of exercise and eating healthy foods.

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What's it about?

In JUMPSTART GET MOVING FAMILY FITNESS SPORTS EDITION, real-life model/TV host Brooke Burke leads you through a series of sports-themed mini-games, all of which are designed to get you up and active during play. There are games based around volleyball, basketball, football, baseball, boxing, running, cycling, dodgeball, step aerobics, and more. The game is intended for use with the Wii Balance Board peripheral controller, but does not require it for play.

Is it any good?

Among the growing number of active-gaming mini-game collections, JumpStart Get Moving Family Fitness Sports Edition falls pretty squarely in the middle. It's got some cute avatars and whimsical fantasy settings (Atlantis, a volcano, a castle, etc.) that give the whole experience an extra layer of fun. There's also something very comical in seeing a realistically depicted Brooke Burke interact with round-headed, big-eyed cartoon avatars. The games are a mixed bag -- some humorous and enjoyable, other less interesting and somewhat repetitive. But on the whole, this is a mostly fun game with an admirable mission.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of exercise and physical fitness. What are your favorite ways to get exercise? Can you name some non-traditional ways to stay fit?

  • Parents can also talk to their children about the need for additional exercise beyond that which a video game can provide. Is playing an active game really exercise? Is it enough? What can you do to get even more active while playing this game?

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