Just Dance Summer Party

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Decent, very physical dance sim features popular artists.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The title prompts players with on-screen text cues when they are doing well, and the "Just Sweat" element goes through stretching exercises prior to beginning the dance. However, nothing is overtly stated about the importance of stretching prior to doing any kind of workout, even an aerobic one.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no narrative personalities in this game. However, parents may want to inspect the track listing to see whether they approve of the artists, which include Estelle, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Blur, and others.

Ease of Play

Just Dance Summer Party requires one Wii remote and the game monitors the movement of that remote to score the dancing. It is possible to score points seated and only making motions with an arm. However, getting up and dancing will create a decent aerobic workout and players should expect to break a sweat.

Violence
Sex

Some of the dance moves could be construed as having some sexual innuendo, but these moves are rare and mostly involve moving the hand across the body in a manner that is not provocative. Silhouetted dancers occasionally pose in a manner that could be viewed as enticing, but this is kept to a minimum. A few of the songs contain phrases that are mildly suggestive, including "kiss me here, touch me there" and "I'll make you hot."

Language

One song contains the word "hell."

Consumerism

This game features and promotes the music of popular artists like Katy Perry and Rihanna. Families should be aware that it is a compilation of tracks available for download in previous games in the series, and that they may already own some of them.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byfun4parker May 5, 2012

this is good & it is not sexual like it says above.

Just Dance Summer Party is fun & good exercise to play as a family.
Kid, 8 years old February 24, 2012

first review

woo hoo! first review!
Teen, 14 years old Written bym6204 June 18, 2012

respat

that thar kides cin have fun

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.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $24.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: July 18, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Lyrics

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