Just Dance 2019

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Catchy beat, but too many moves you've seen before.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Players are encouraged to get up, get active through dance, choreography. Can inspire an appreciation of music. Co-op play encourages players to work together, have friendly competition.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters in game are simply guides for players to mimic. They're more instructional tools than anything else.

Ease of Play

Game is simple to pick up and play, though also physically tiring if played in longer sessions. Controls aren't the most precise for mimicking the on-screen movement, with players easily able to cheat the system. 

Violence
Sex

A few songs in the game's library include mildly suggestive lyrics, and some outfits and dance moves might be considered suggestive as well.

Language

Very mild language (e.g., "damn") occasionally pops up in song lyrics.

Consumerism

Although game comes packaged with a library of 40 popular songs, there's a heavy push in-game to subscribe to Ubisoft's "Just Dance Unlimited" monthly service, which grants access to additional 400+ songs. Game includes a one-month trial to the service which, if used, must be canceled manually if you don't want to continue paying.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the song lyrics occasionally reference drinking alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Just Dance 2019 is the latest entry in Ubisoft's long-running and best-selling rhythm and dance franchise for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and Wii gaming consoles. Players use motion controls to try to mimic the dance moves presented on-screen. When played correctly, it can be very physically active. Although the game comes packaged with a library of 40 songs, it heavily promotes subscribing to Ubisoft's monthly "Just Dance Unlimited" service to expand the library to 400+ songs. Parents should be aware that some of the songs in the game's library include mild language, sexual inferences, and references to drinking alcohol in their lyrics. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHeathy November 12, 2018

Just Dance 2018

I think you should check the songs before someone plays it, it causes flashy lights bad for your eyes sometimes but not many it's still a children's e... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 year old Written byinkiadk October 31, 2018

Great game for just about everyone

The newest installment of the world's most iconic games is great! Great songs. However many songs have some swears and or references to drinking/sex. Words... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 18, 2018

Great release!!

I got the game for my birthday, and believe me, it's really fun. I will only mention the song content. There is a lot of sexual content in the lyrics (wat... Continue reading

What's it about?

JUST DANCE 2019 is the latest entry in Ubisoft's long-running, best-selling rhythm and dance gaming franchise. It's time to hit the dance floor once again and move to the groove of 40 different dance songs, featuring artists such as The Weekend with Daft Punk, Britney Spears, and K-Pop sensation BIGBANG. You can choose your dance routine or let the game learn from you and make personalized suggestions catered to your style and tastes. Parents can get the kids in on the fun and get a little extra exercise too with eight exclusive choreographed routines focused on healthy movements, created with the help of kids' development experts. And since no one should ever have to dance alone, load up the free Just Dance app on your iOS or Android smartphone and bring up to six people to the dance party.

Is it any good?

It's been nearly 10 years since Ubisoft first convinced gamers to hop off the couch and get moving to the beat, but the game is starting to lose a few steps in rhythm. The dance party is still going strong with the release of Just Dance 2019, the latest entry in the hit rhythm and dance franchise. On the plus side, after so many years fine-tuning the dance gameplay, the series has just about got everything dialed in. The flip side, though, is that after so many entries, there just doesn't seem like there's much in the way of innovation going into the formula anymore. At least, that's the feeling you can't help but get after playing Just Dance 2019.

Don't misunderstand: Just Dance 2019 is still a good way to get your groove on. The problem is, it doesn't feel much different from last year's entry. In fact, from a gameplay perspective, it feels like the only major difference is the new track list of pre-loaded songs. As before, you can get a pretty good bit of cardio in if you choose to try to follow the on-screen dance moves to the best of your abilities. But if you're just looking to top the house leaderboard, you can still cheat the system by making only minor hand and wrist movements to fool the game into thinking you've matched the moves. And once again, Ubisoft is hawking its Just Dance Unlimited service, pushing fans to spend a monthly charge to access a vault of 400+ additional songs. If you've already got last year's game and decided to subscribe back then, there's not much new for Just Dance 2019 to offer. If you're new to the series, though, and you're looking to cut a little rug, Just Dance 2019 is still worth at least one spin on the dance floor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about music appreciation. Can music affect our behavior or mood? What type of music gets you motivated or inspires you?

  • How do games like the Just Dance series encourage kids to get up off the couch and get active? Does dancing in a game encourage you to do more dancing in real life?

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