Just Dance 4

Common Sense Media says

Popular dancing game continues to entertain with new music.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a dancing game that requires players to move their bodies in front of the television. This is positive because it makes exercising fun.

Positive role models

The game doesn't have any main characters, just faded silhouettes of dancers against a colorful backdrop. The game does have men and women, different races and skin colors, and different body types.

Ease of play

As with the previous games in this series, Just Dance 4 is very easy to play -- for many of the beginner moves -- but the more advanced choreography can be tough to master. You can unlock new and challenging dance moves based on your skill level.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

There are some suggestive lyrics, such as Alexandra Stan's "Mr. Saxobeat" ("Hey, sexy boy, set me free, don't be shy, play with me...my dirty boy") and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" ("Take me by the tongue, kiss me 'til you're drunk"). The dancing moves in this game aren't very suggestive. The game gets a "Comic Mischief" warning because a rabbit-like cartoon character (a Rabbid) rips his shorts off comically, but there is no nudity.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The games features top pop and dance songs from multiple recording artists. Just Dance 4 also promotes other Ubisoft's games, like the Raving Rabbids series with various cameos. While not in the game, Just Dance 4 also has tie-ins with New York's Fashion Week and the game is also the official sponsor of Justin Bieber’s Believe Tour in North America.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the lyrics reference drinking alcohol such as Jennifer Lopez's "On The Floor" ("All I need is some vodka"), Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" ("She never drinks the water...makes you order French champagne") and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" ("Kiss me 'til your drunk").

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Just Dance 4 is a music dance game where players follow moves presented by dancers on the screen. The songs feature some content that is mildly sexual and makes some references to alcohol. The "Comic Mischief" warning by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is tied to a cartoon rabbit who rips off his clothes in a silly fashion. This game supports players dancing together around the same console.

 

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • counting

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm
  • dance

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • applying information

Creativity

  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • fitness
  • movement
  • exercise

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • counting

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm
  • dance

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • applying information

Creativity

  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • fitness
  • movement
  • exercise

Kids can learn how to dance to various kinds of music. There are a number of routines and choreographies to mimic in front of the television. Kids can also learn that exercising can be fun and social. Just Dance 4 makes learning to dance and exercise into a fun, social game.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Just like the many Just Dance video games that came before it, JUST DANCE 4 from Ubisoft is a rhythm-based music game that challenges players to dance in front of the television, and their movements are picked up by the Kinect sensor (Xbox 360), PlayStation Move controller and camera (PlayStation 3), or wireless Wii Remote (Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U). While selecting one of many songs and dancing along with the on-screen professionals, the moves you bust are graded in real time. The game offers new modes not found in its predecessors, many genres, varied skill levels, and depending on the mode, the ability to shoot video and upload it for friends to see.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Just Dance 4 is very fun for players of all ages. While it's not very different than past games -- Ubisoft is obviously employing an "if it ain't broke" mentality -- there are more than 40 tracks to choose from, mostly from contemporary pop stars like One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, and Carly Rae Jepsen; there are classics, too, from Elvis Presley, the B-52s, and Barry White. Noteworthy new features include Battle Mode (friends go head-to-head over six rounds); unlocking alternative dance routines for some of the tracks; and an expanded Just Sweat mode that counts calories. Aside from the "deja vu" likely experienced by seasoned players, this game is a fun way to spend a night in with friends or family, with good pop music and exercise, too. Note: The Kinect for Xbox 360 version lets you create and share a music video.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game can make exercising fun. It challenges players to dance to popular songs in front of the television, plus it's also social as it encourages group play instead of solitary play.

  • What is your favorite dance game and why?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:October 9, 2012
Genre:Music and Dance
Topics:Great boy role models, Great girl role models, Music and sing-along
ESRB rating:E10+ for Comic Mischief, Lyrics (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byJEDI micah October 15, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

AS FUN AS THE THIRD GAME!

One thing that is really impressive about this latest game in the series is the special effects that surrounds the dancer! They, along with the dancers, look fantastic! This game is as fun as the third game! It may take a while to learn the dance moves, but it's worth your time to follow the dancer! Challenge your friends to a duet and see who has the better moves! PARTY 'TIL YOU CAN"T DANCE NO MORE!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old November 30, 2012
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Best JD Game Yet =)

I really found Just Dance 4 the best in the series and its amazingly better than Just Dance 3. Whether you don't like or do like Elvis, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Flo Rida, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, this game makes you want to dance no matter who's there sitting and watching you. I found the signal to be increasingly better compared to the original Just Dance, although as hard as I try I can't get five stars on some of the songs. This game has songs like Beauty and a Beat, Moves Like Jagger, Gangnam Style, Good Feeling, Call Me Maybe and other songs that have been admired of the year 2012. There really isn't any worry on cussing on this game cause they censor it all out; during Nicki's rapping, Pitbull's rapping, Flo Rida's rapping and other stuff that are explict. Personally I find this better to play with family member rather than playing it alone. The gameplay is way better than the previous games in the past three years. I give Just Dance 4 five stars.
Teen, 16 years old Written byhockeyguy October 13, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

great songs, dirty moves

some sexy lyrics and dance moves
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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