Parents' Guide to

Just Dance 2016

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Lively dance action, but too much pressure to spend, share.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Just Dance 2016

JUST DANCE 2016 has no story mode, but it has seven activities and 43 songs. The basic mode, Dance Party, allows one or more players to dance in a competition for points or in a cooperative mode to earn gems together. If a camera is present (Kinect, Move, Wii U Gamepad), players will get a silly recap of their dance they can save, share to Facebook, or upload to the Just Dance global servers. Showtime is a karaoke mode with several songs that you can freestyle dance to while singing along. If a camera is used, players end up with a music video complete with special effects. Dance Quest pits you against other "players" (game generated) while you perform several dances. Complete the criteria for each level to move on to the next level. Sweat & Playlists is the area for people who want to use Just Dance 2016 to reach fitness goals. You can use a built-in playlist or create your own. It gives you a rough breakdown of calories burned for each one. Just Dance TV allows you to view dance videos from other players around the world, as well as access special Just Dance content. World Video Challenge invites players to upload their dance videos to pit themselves against other players around the world. It's not a live dance-off but it is against other people. Lastly, UPlay rewards players for doing various in-game activities. It's part of UbiSoft's game-reward program. Throughout the Just Dance 2016 experience, players can unlock credits to buy more avatars, mash-ups, and special versions of the dances. — What’s in the game? Minor Language - "Damn" appears in some lyrics. Some lyrics are suggestive, including "You open the door, wearing nothing but a smile" and "Got your mind on my body and your body on my mind." Lyrics reference drinking, including "Takin' all the liquor straight" and "Champagne spillin', you should taste that."

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 6+

Great family game for all ages

As a family we love this game and since buying this one we have purchase da few more of the older Just Dance versions. My kids are aged 4, 8 and 10 and even though some songs can be challenging for my 4 year old daughter she still loves to have a go. Yes some of the dance moves may be a little inappropriate for the kids but nothing too extreme. As my 2 youngest take dancing lessons I find this helps with the dancing as well as gives them confidence to stand up and dance at school disco's e.t.c which I found my 10 year old was starting to feel uncomfortable to do. Both my husband and myself love dancing with the kids and it is great fun when our friends and our kids friends come over and we can all dance together. This game is definitely thumbs up for me as it gets the kids active and much more social then sitting down staring at the screen on a different game.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

With the addition of subscription-based streaming DLC content and a lot of social sharing options to the Just Dance franchise, UbiSoft has really ramped it up. For some players, this will greatly enhance their gameplay experience. Unfortunately, there's no way to drown out all the additional noise in the game, making safety and privacy a concern as well as putting additional pressure on parents to buy more content. A constant stream of video content from other players scrolls by in the Main Menu whether you want it there or not. The UPlay icon also appears prominently in the Main Menu, although it requires a UPlay account (which is restricted to ages 13 and older). A banner at the bottom of the menu advertises their streaming service, and kids who select a premium song from the list will be prompted to subscribe. It's a minefield for parents. On a positive note, the addition of the karaoke feature is fun for kids who want to dance their own moves and be the star on the screen. Song choices are limited, but it's a nice change of pace.

There is a nice mix of songs overall, including odd-man-out "William Tell Overture" and a seated dance version of "Under the Sea." You can even dance to some lively Irish music. Tweens and teens may not be impressed, but these song choices make this a more intergenerational play option. The ability to use mobile phones as controllers also make this accessible to those who aren't willing or able to splurge on expensive add-on cameras and controllers, although players need to be very careful as they wave their pricey phones in the air. The accuracy of scoring remains about where it has always been -- sort of mediocre -- but really no one cares. You're too busy trying to keep up and not look like a fool. Kids are still not being recognized properly on camera, so controllers with smaller children are recommended. All in all, there are some wonderful additions to Just Dance 2016. It's just unfortunate that UbiSoft cluttered them up with so many options that parents may not want their kids to access, rather than having a social section on the Main Menu to tuck those onto.

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