A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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One song contains the word "hell."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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