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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Just Dance Kids 2014 is a kid-friendly dancing game with songs that don't contain any racy dance moves or inappropriate content, with the exception of one rum reference in the lyrics. The game encourages players to get up and move to the beat, and includes a co-operative mode where two to four players can dance simultaneously. The Xbox 360 version lets kids record their own dance routines via Kinect and play back the performances on TV. Even preschoolers can join the fun thanks to a setting that asks players to simply wiggle to the music or stop based on visual cues.
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What's it about?
JUST DANCE KIDS 2014 is the latest follow-up to the popular dancing game series geared towards kids. Gamers move their bodies to the beat and follow the dance moves on screen to earn points. There are more than 30 songs organized into three categories: children's songs like "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Hickory Dickory Dock" and themes from kids shows like Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Wiggles, songs from current pop stars like One Direction and Selena Gomez for older kids, and an "all ages" category with fun classics like "Walking on Sunshine" and "Magic Carpet Ride" that are designed to appeal to parents as well as kids.
Is it any good?
Like its predecessors in the Just Dance Kids series, Just Dance Kids 2014 is an energetic and entertaining dancing game where parents don't have to worry about their kids seeing or hearing inappropriate content. The diverse track list will engage toddlers all the way up to tweens, with a few classics thrown in for the parents to appreciate (and possible exercise to) as well. The motion sensors are responsive enough to reward players for performing the moves correctly, but kids who would rather goof around, or dive in and out of play aren't penalized for it either (they just won't earn any stars when the track finishes), so kids of all ages and abilities can have fun without being frustrated. All in all, Just Dance Kids 2014 is a fun, family-friendly way to get kids up and moving.
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- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Arts: choreography, dance
- Skills: Health & Fitness: body awareness, exercise, gross motor skills, movement
Collaboration: meeting challenges together
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: October 22, 2013
- Genre: Exergaming
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Lyrics
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