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 Summer Party is a dance simulation game that can be played by one player or up to eight in a team battle setting. In addition to dancing for fun, players can also create workouts and monitor progress. Unlike the Zumba games, Just Dance Summer Party monitors hand motion. There is no online component. Since this is a game about aerobic exercise, the health of the players should be monitored. There are a few songs that require a frenetic pace by the player to keep up and that can really elevate heart rates.
What's it about?
Featuring a handful of game modes, JUST DANCE SUMMER PARTY is a dance sim that bypasses any character creation or progressive storyline and goes straight to the heart of \"dancing\" and working out. It features 23 songs -- by many popular artists, including Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, and Katy Perry -- and is as much an aerobic exercise program as it is a dance sim. This particular version is a compilation of the downloadable content featured in previous games.
Is it any good?
Just Dance Summer Party can leave the uninitiated huffy, puffy and feeling like their arms and legs have Jell-O in them. Of course, players can take the easy approach and just waggle an arm holding the Wii remote. The game also features some nice stretching techniques preceding a few of the dances that work rather well.
The music is a bit hit and miss at times, and the game certainly won't wow visually, though the dancing silhouettes look fine. Still, this is a decent dance title.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how games like Just Dance Summer Party can be physically taxing and should not be played for long periods without taking breaks and resting.
Families can also address how lyrics are used in songs and understanding the difference between what is and what is not appropriate.
Children can have a discussion with parents about why some dance moves are inappropriate in public because of the wrong messages they can send.