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 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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