KidFit Island Resort

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Poorly crafted fitness mini-games with unappealing visuals.

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Positive Messages

The game's message is to stay fit and exercise, which is a good positive message. Several of the mini-games here, though, don't help follow through on that message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kids in the game are happy, smiling, energetic characters who enjoy physical exercise.

Ease of Play

Some of these mini-games are far too easy, and don't require much at all from the players. Other can be a bit tricky in terms of their controls.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that KidFit Island Resort is a collection of mini-games, which -- according to the packaging -- are fitness games. Some require the waving or pumping of arms, but others only ask kids to tilt a controller back and forth or point it at the screen. There's nothing offensive or objectionable in terms of content; KidFit just doesn't feel like it fulfills its promise of being a fitness game. The game is compatible with the Wii balance board, and using it will definitely make the game more of a physical activity.

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What's it about?

KidFit Island Resort is ostensibly a collection of fitness mini-games set on a tropical island. The activities include cliff-diving, surfing, tribal dancing, and a foot race. You'll get far more out of these games if you use the Wii balance board, instead of just the remotes. But several don't offer the balance board as an option. Games can be played in solo, two-player, or party mode.

Is it any good?

There's very little to recommend in KIDFIT ISLAND RESORT. In what is billed as a fitness game, you'll have activities like coconut catching, which only requires you to tilt your remote back and forth, and surfing, which you perform by pointing your remote at a circle on the screen. Most of the actual physical activity here comes in the form of shaking the remote. One activity, sandcastle building, is performed by wiggling the Wii remote in random directions. Some mini-games, which try to offer real activity, are still ill-planned -- like the "Treasure Race" which tells kids to put the Wii remote in one pants pocket and the nunchuck controller in the other pocket, and then run in place. Kids would have to have huge pockets for that to work, never mind the problem of the cord connecting those two controllers. Sadly, the game even has unattractive visuals. You can customize your character, but only have two faces to choose from. KidFit Island Resort simply doesn't deliver.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of fitness and exercise in real life. Why do we need to exercise? What are good ways to get exercise in real life?

  • What about exergaming?  Is that a good way for kids to exercise?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Red Wagon Games
  • Release date: November 18, 2010
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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