Parents' Guide to

Just Dance 2021

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fan favorite rhythm game keeps the dance party going.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Much like previous games, just a few songs with questionable lyrics to look out for

While this game received an E rating versus the E10+ of last year's game, I would say the content is on the same level. There are a handful of songs that contain suggestive lyrics; The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" contains the lyric "You can turn me on with just a touch", Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's Senorita has the lyric "Friends don't know the way you taste", and The Girly Team's cover of Till the World Ends has the lyric "Get you off with a touch dancing in the dark". The most questionable songs here are BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez's "Ice Cream" and Billie Eilish's "all the good girls to go to hell". While young children may not pick up that "Ice Cream" isn't about actual ice cream, it will come pretty obvious to anyone older: "You can take a lick but it's too cold to bite me...You're the cherry piece, so stay on top of me, so...Like it, love it, lick it, do it like la-la-la, oh yeah." "all the good girls go to hell", while technically using the word in a religious sense, has a title alone that will be eyebrow-raising to conservative/religious parents. While written out here this might all sound like a boatload of objectionable content, this all ultimately adds up to a handful of lines in songs that are more censored than they are on the radio, which is why I have kept CSM's 10+ recommendation. It's up to parents to look at gameplay and consider whether they think the songs included are appropriate or not.
age 5+

Kids Mode is great family fun!

Our whole family has enjoyed this game. All four of us (parents and kids ages 11 and 7) can play together. The Kids Mode songs are lots of fun and get everybody moving. Kids younger than 5 might have a hard time following along, but there is no objectionable content. My only complaint is I wish there were more songs in Kids Mode. The "regular" game is probably more appropriate for the PG-13 crowd, with some (but certainly not all) dance moves and lyrics not appropriate for young kids.

Is It Any Good?

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They say music makes the world go round, and this series has helped fuel that movement for more than ten years. For Just Dance 2021, the series makes its "next-gen" debut alongside the current generation consoles. But rather than huge strides or revolutionary changes, the game sticks close to its formula with little refinements here and there. The World Dance Floor, for example, feels smoother when challenging other players to an online dance off. There's also a new quickplay feature that lets players choose a mode and jump right in the action with a randomized playlist. This is particularly fun when playing with groups, as everyone waits to see which track is next, usually to a room full of groans or cheers. Sweat Mode feels the same as before, giving players a running tally of estimated caloric burn and time spent dancing. It makes for a great little extra workout routine and, when done correctly, definitely leaves players "feeling the burn."

One big focus this year is integration with the Just Dance mobile app, available for Android and iOS based devices. The next-gen versions of the game don't feature camera support, leaving the app as the only available way to register movement. After syncing up with the game, players can use the phone to scroll through menus, choose songs, etc. Then, once the dancing is ready to start, players simply hold the device in their right hand and let it do its motion sensing work. The problem here is more an issue with the differences between devices more than anything. Some phones might be larger and less comfortable to hold while swinging around to the music. Others might have less responsive hardware that can occasionally throw off accuracy. Finally, connection issues can creep up if the phone enters sleep mode or a player accidentally touches the screen and interrupts play. But more often than not, things work great and, before long, you're tearing up the dance floor with friends and family in a fun, active, groovy sort of way.

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