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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is all about dancing, exercise, and having fun in groups -- all very positive messages.
Positive Role Models
This game doesn't have a protagonist, so role modeling isn't explicit. But the characters on-screen look fit and dance well, which is good for kids to see. There's gender diversity and different body types, too. It's hard to tell whether there's cultural/racial diversity as the dancers' faces are more or less unseen.
Ease of Play
Depending on gaming platform, a compatible camera above or below the TV monitors your movement in front of the television (and/or motion-sensing controllers in your hands). You do need rhythm to gain points, but it's not difficult to play.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some song lyrics are suggestive.
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Lyrics that contain profanity are bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
Features songs based on pop hits from famous artists and/or their dance moves from music videos. You can download additional songs for real money and/or pay a monthly service for new tracks. Part of the Just Dance franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some songs contain lyrics that mention drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Dance 2020 is a rhythm/dancing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, and Google Stadia. The game, which is the latest installment in the Just Dance franchise, includes more than 40 pop songs from today and yesterday, and players can buy additional songs as downloadable content (DLC). Usually with a supported camera connected to the console (and/or motion-sensing controllers), the game tracks your own dance moves and provides a score based on how well you mimic the on-screen dancers. Some of the lyrics have mildly sexually suggestive references and profanity, and some allude to consuming alcohol. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Just Dance 2020.
Is It Any Good?
As long as you don't expect the experience to be different from previous games in this franchise, you'll have a blast, especially for those who like pop and dance songs. Along with dozens of today's popular tracks (like "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande) and yesterday's catchy tracks (like "Bangarang " by Skrillex ft. Sirah), Just Dance 2020 also includes "pop culture" favorites among little kids. Yes, even "Baby Shark." And it will soon have "Into the Unknown" from Disney's Frozen 2 available as a new downloadable track. That said, be forewarned that some songs have lyrics that allude to sex and drinking, so parents of young kids should select the Kids mode from the main menu for eight kid-friendly songs. It's smart of Ubisoft to include this option.
With the optional Just Dance Unlimited service, you can access more than 500 songs for $4.99/month (or less, if you commit to a longer period of time). A free one-month trial is included with the purchase of any version of the game. Options for your dance floor include creating a playlist with your favorite tracks and a challenging and online-only All-Stars mode (where you'll fly to virtual planets and perform 10 songs from past Just Dance games to unlock extra content). It also packs the return of "Sweat mode," which counts your calories; a co-op mode that lets you team up with friends; and an enhanced recommendation system that analyzes what kinds of songs you like and suggests related ones. While Ubisoft isn't offering anything new in the gameplay department, you can't beat the huge assortment of songs available, hundreds more with an optional song subscription, and several modes to indulge in. And it might just get kids off their tush and onto their feet with family and friends over the holidays.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.