A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The poor scoring methods unfortunately send the message that skill has no effect on winning or losing.
Ease of Play
The game seems to have the simplest rules of all -- simply mimic the dance moves you see on screen. But scoring seems entirely random and your ability to actually follow that one simple rule doesn't appear to affect your chances at success or failure.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mildly suggestive lyrics (phrases like "between the sheets"). There are also a couple of dance moves that could make some parents uncomfortable, including a pelvic thrust and a spanking motion. This is not the majority of the action.
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The phrase "pain in the a*s" appears in one lyric. Written lyrics can be turned off.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this multiplayer dance party game could be the cause of frustration and tears for kids who are sensitive to negative feedback. A child who feels they are doing reasonably well at copying the choreography, can become very discouraged if they are then be told by the game that they missed 86% of the moves. Add to that a younger sibling who wildly swings the remote and manages to receive a higher score, and you've got yourself the makings of a meltdown.
Is It Any Good?
So what went wrong with this game? Well, you can't fault the soundtrack -- Just Dance features a really nice selection of songs to groove to, including Irene Cara's "Fame," Katy Perry's "Hot and Cold," and Dee-lite's "Groove is in the Heart." The funky iPod-ad-style visuals are also pretty cool. And it definitely gives you a good workout. So why does this game potentially frustrate players? Because the scoring makes no sense whatsoever. In trying out Just Dance, players who appeared to pull of a pretty darn good imitation of the onscreen dancer got tons of X's in their score column, meaning they'd missed move after move. At the same time, a 3-year-old who grabbed a remote and jumped around wildly somehow managed to hit a series of "GREAT" moves. Dancing to these songs is fun, but if there's no sensible scoring being done, why play the game? You might be better off simply playing the music and just dancing.
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