A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The positive message of the game is that music and dancing are fun. Some of the songs have less positive messages (stalking, paranoia, sex -- though nothing spelled out too explicitly).
Positive Role Models
The Kidz Bop kids, who are introduced in bio videos, appear as wholesome, earnest kids who love music. When they pop up in the game, they are there to encourage and cheer on the players.
Ease of Play
The motion-sensitive controller, which is supposed to pick up the accuracy of your dance moves, actually works quite well. The moves themselves are demonstrated very clearly onscreen by your avatars, making them relatively easy to mimic.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Despite the lyrics being cleaned up for youthful consumption, there is still innunendo in some of the songs. "Hey Ya," for instance, still says "I want you in my Caddy" and "Give me some sugar." Mild, certainly -- but worth noting.
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While several of these songs contained profanity in their original versions, any genuine swear words have been replaced in the Kidz Bop versions.
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Products & Purchases
This game is a tie-in to the long-running and popular Kidz Bop series of children's CDs. On the game disc, kids can watch videos from Kidz Bop DVDs. The game's packaging is stocked with ads and coupons for Kidz Bop CDs and DVDs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kidz Bop Dance Party: The Video Game works pretty hard to push the Kidz Bop brand. But frankly, if your kids want to play this game, they're probably already familiar with the Kidz Bop brand. The game asks players to dance along to recent pop hits sung by kids with edited lyrics (though some of the songs still contain somewhat mature themes). It's worth noting that the clothing you can use to dress your avatar is all age-appropriate.
Is It Any Good?
Kidz Bop Dance Party: The Video Game is what other less successful dancing games, like Just Dance, hoped to be. Basically, all you need to do is hold the Wii remote in your hand as you follow along with the onscreen choreography -- but what's different here is that the moves are very clearly demonstrated for you (in two visual ways) and the controls really work well at picking up your movements. It's much more fun to play a dance game like this when the game can actually register your moves. It's relatively easy to earn points, and fun to use them to buy either fashionable or whimsical outfits for your avatar. The game is not without flaws, though. For one thing, the career mode doesn't let you skip any songs. And then there's also the music itself. This is subjective, of course, but many of the cutesy kid renditions of these pop songs may grate on adult ears.
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