A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Just Dance: Disney Party is a music dance game specifically made for younger Disney fans and particularly dedicated adult fans. As in the other Just Dance games, players mimic the moves of onscreen dancers -- and can play against each other in the same room. One song mentions alcohol briefly and kids might be drawn to the commercial aspects of the game, but there is no real objectionable content.
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What's it about?
While its focus is on Disney songs and characters, Just Dance: Disney Party is very similar to previous Just Dance games. Players dance in front of the television, mimicking the moves of characters onscreen (typically kids or young adults dressed up as the characters from the film or show providing the music). The movements of Xbox 360 users are picked up by the Kinect sensor, while Wii players use the Wii remote to let the game track their movements. Kids can play songs in a non-stop shuffle or make their own playlists. Wii users have an added game mode, letting them pop onscreen balloons to earn more points.
Is it any good?
Kids and parents alike will find something to enjoy with Just Dance: Disney Party. The music is a good blend of classic Disney tunes (ranging from "The Bare Necessities" to "Under the Sea" to "It's a Small World") and Disney Channel favorites from acts like Camp Rock and Wizards of Waverly Place. The game features 25 songs, which is notably lower than other installments in the franchise, but they're all tailored to younger players. The dance moves are easy and the game is forgiving with its scoring, which will keep young kids from getting frustrated.
Veterans of the series might bemoan the lack of innovation, but it's a game meant to bring younger players into the fold -- and they're likely to be delighted with the familiar songs and the chance to dance around the living room with abandon.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about alternative ways to exercise -- and how to enjoy doing it. Kids might not realize that by dancing they're also getting healthier.
Which song is your favorite -- and why? Does listening and dancing to these songs make you want to watch Disney movies?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Arts: dance, movement, music
- Skills: Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: October 23, 2012
- Genre: Music and Dance
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Lyrics
For kids who love dancing and being physical
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