Just Dance 2015

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Updated game doesn't add much but still gets you moving.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to dance as well as get exposure to different kinds of music. Players learn that exercising can be fun, as they need to move their bodies in front of the television. Players' movement is accurately tracked via a camera, although they may also need to hold a controller to play. They'll even sing along in one optional mode. There's healthy competition between gamers in person or online. Just Dance 2015 wasn't designed to be educational, but its mix of music, movement, and healthy activity will encourage both kids and parents to get on their feet.

Positive Messages

The game is all about dancing, exercise, and having fun in groups -- all very positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There isn't a protagonist, because the game is focused on dancing. But the characters look fit and dance well, which is worthwhile for kids to see.

Ease of Play

Similar to past games in the series, Just Dance 2015 is easy to play because a camera or sensor by the television monitors your movement. You do need rhythm to gain points, but it's not difficult to play.


Some lyrics have sexual references or innuendos, such as Katy Perry's "So let me get you / In your birthday suit" or Aerosmith's "School girl sleazy ... Little skirt hangin' way up her knee."


Most of the songs are based on pop hits from famous artists, plus you can pay to download additional songs (teased as additional downloadable content in the game).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One or two references to alcohol in songs. Examples: "It's mix Moscato," "Pop your Perignon," and "La cerveza y el tequila (the beer and the tequila)." 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Just Dance 2015 challenges players to follow along with professional dancers who are on-screen. The game heavily promotes having fun with other players by dancing in groups, as well as getting exercise by moving your body in time to the music. Based on your game console, a sensor or camera tracks your body movement and provides a score related to the accuracy of your moves. The biggest pop songs of today are included, with others available for download, which could entice players to spend a lot of money for extra content. Some lyrics have references (usually mild) to sex and alcohol. Players can dance with friends or strangers online, but there's no communication available between dancers

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOddball20 January 25, 2020

Just Dance 2015

As with the previous Just Dance games, Ubisoft's JUST DANCE 2015 is a rhythm game that challenges players to mimic the moves of on-screen dancers. Dependin... Continue reading
Adult Written byDfdea2019 July 9, 2019

2015 doesnt connect to controller app

When we bought it was able to connect now the app to control the points or activity with the stars will only work with 2016 through 2019 models. You would have... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old September 23, 2019

super fun but very adult

that first review i read by Philos- something i really agree with 4x4 was a bit Ya know but very catchy Bang Bang was talking about hourglass figures soooooooo.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPhilosoraptor July 19, 2016

If you're used to JD 2014, it will feel a little empty at first, but still great!

While this game is great, I thought they overdosed on Ariana Grande songs. I mean I know 2014 was her year, but still though. This game got me a little dizzy... Continue reading

What's it about?

As with the previous Just Dance games, Ubisoft's JUST DANCE 2015 is a rhythm game that challenges players to mimic the moves of on-screen dancers. Depending on the console you own -- Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Sony PlayStation 3 or 4, and Xbox 360 or Xbox One -- a camera or sensor just above or below the television monitors your performance and awards you a score based on how well you match the pros. Even more fun than dancing solo, players can have friends or family members join them to play with or against each other (or with others online). Just Dance 2015 features more than 40 songs, and gamers can download Ariana Grande's hit single "Break Freefor free right away (some additional songs cost money). The 2015 version of the game offers some additional modes, features, and improved graphics on the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

Is it any good?

There's a lot to like about this game, even though it's not much different from what came before. It encourages exercise and social play (up to six friends on the Xbox One version) and is one of the rare video games that's appealing to young girls. Music and dancing are fun, plain, and simple, and this game features all of today's top pop stars, including Grande, Iggy Azalea, Calvin HarrisKaty Perry, Maroon 5, and more (as well as some older "classic" tracks). Parents just need to be OK with some light sexual references and alcohol-related lyrics.

Ubisoft has added Dance VIP/Challenger to the 2015 game, a mode that lets you dance against saved high scores and performances from other players around the world. This mode adds more of a competitive angle, which is good, as it gives you a score to aim for rather than having you compete with your own high score for each track. Returning to the mix is a Karaoke mode, which lets kids sing while dancing at the same time.​ Those who've played previous games in the series won't find too much new here, but it's still packed with great songs, energy, and many modes. And, perhaps most importantly for parents, it encourages kids to get up and move.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of franchises such as Just Dance 2015. Ubisoft has sold more than 40 million of these games so far. Why do you think this dance series is so popular?

  • Talk about exercise in gaming. Do you like getting exercise by playing video games? What are your favorites?

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For kids who love dancing

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