Kidz Bop Dance Party: The Video Game
What parents need to know
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.
What's it about?
KIDZ BOP DANCE PARTY: THE VIDEO GAME is a music-based rhythm game that challenges you to follow along with on-screen choreography while dancing to modern pop hits sung by children. The moves are represented by both your dancing avatar and by onscreen arrows that show you which ways to move the Wii remote. Each song you complete earns you points that you can spend on new clothes and accessories for your avatar.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about marketing. Does this game work as an advertisement for Kidz Bop? Would it be just as good of a game if it didn't have the Kidz Bop brand on it?
Families can also talk about active video games. This one is well designed to get players up and moving. Can (or should) you consider this real exercise?
This game allows you to customize your own avatar. Why did you create the avatar you did? Do you want your avatar to look like you? Or completely different?