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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game features more than 40 songs, all of which are appropriate for kids. It encourages dancing, which equates to exercise, and delivers a fun social experience, too. Kids can also see onscreen lyrics, which may help bolster reading skills.
Positive Role Models
There are no lead characters in the game, but you dance along with kids who show you the moves.
Ease of Play
The game was designed for kids, and the dance routines are of a difficulty appropriate for this demographic. Since the game works with motion platforms (including the hands-free Kinect for Xbox 360) players simply move in front of the TV and are judged on their rhythm and timing.
Products & Purchases
There isn't any overt branding in the game but the tracks featured are well-known pop songs and classic ditties.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Dance Kids 2 is a dancing game made for young children and does not contain any inappropriate material. The hand-picked music doesn't contain controversial lyrics, and the onscreen dancers do not move suggestively and wear appropriate clothing. This game is safe for players of any age.
Is It Any Good?
Just Dance Kids 2 is a blast, but only for younger kids. We recommend it for ages up to eight years. The problem is that not all songs will appeal to kids of all ages. (Good luck trying to get a 10-year-old to dance to a song by The Wiggles or "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes.")
The lighthearted gameplay, which features simple instructions and multiple modes, makes it a fun party game to bring out when family and friends are over for the holidays. Including a YouTube hit like "The Gummy Gears Song" is a great idea, too, as is having lyrics for all songs on the screen. However, our young testers (twin nine-year-olds and a seven-year-old) mentioned they would’ve liked to see the music videos, too (like you can in Everybody Dance). All three versions include a handy feature called Nonstop Shuffle, where you can set the game to cycle through songs for a period -- 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes -- without having to push any buttons or wave through menu screens on Xbox 360. If you have tweens or teens, be sure to stick to Just Dance 3 but this value-priced disc ensures the young ones can get in on the music, fun, and exercise.
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