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Just Dance Kids 2

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Dancing game sequel is great fun for younger kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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Consumerism

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.

What's it about?

How do you follow-up a massively popular dancing hit? Crank out a sequel or two, of course. That's exactly what Ubisoft has done with JUST DANCE KIDS 2. As the name suggests, this is a dancing game that focuses on younger players, with a number of songs from kids' TV shows, movies, and pop charts. Gamers follow onscreen dance moves and are judged on their performance. The colorful, animated graphics include actual kids dancing. Featuring tracks including \"Whip My Hair,\" \"Just The Way You Are,\" \"The Gummy Bear Song,\" and classics like \"The Hokey Pokey,\" this sequel is available on all three motion platforms for the first time (Kinect for Xbox 360, PlayStation Move, and Nintendo Wii). Different versions of the game each have something unique. The Kinect for Xbox 360 game doesn't require you to hold a controller and lets you star in your own music video. The PlayStation 3 version can support song medleys and can snap pictures of kids' routines. And the Nintendo Wii version has a new multiplayer mode called Balloon Pop that lets players earn points by shaking the Wii Remote while dancing.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which songs they liked the best and why. Are there any songs you wish they would have included? Do some songs lend themselves to dance moves more than others, or is it fun to learn a new routine regardless of the music?

  • Is it more fun to just dance or to dance within a dance game?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:October 25, 2011
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Educator Written bycrisarrow March 6, 2012

For BOYS too!

This was a present for my daughter's 6th birthday and since we have #1 we were sure it would be a hit. I love that we can sort it by "older" and "younger" and difficulty so that her little brother can play too. Although dance is marketed as a very "girl" thing, this portrays LOTS of boys dancing and having fun exercising as well. We really like the silliness of the 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed and other classic nursery rhymes, but then also can enjoy the pop favorites too.
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 27, 2012

just dance kids 2

wish they would have included? Do some songs lend themselves to dance moves more than others, or is it fun to learn a new routine regardless of the music? Is it more fun to just dance or to dance within a dance game?
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Parent of a 2, 5, 7, and 8 year old Written byshonda29 November 15, 2011

mrs.nicholson

i think it would be a good game for kids because it give them something to do over the summer

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