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Michael Jackson: The Experience

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Ideal for young King of Pop fans who enjoy dancing.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The message is generally a good one -- dance to familiar songs, with friends, and get some exercise at the same time. However, some of the song lyrics and the moves Michael Jackson performs are sexually suggestive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some believe Michael Jackson is a good role model as he preaches love, racial tolerance, environmental responsibility, and kindness to children. He was also one of the most successful pop artists in the world. But it's no secret MJ also battled with drugs, plastic surgery, and accusations of child molestation.

Ease of Play

The game is very easy to learn as you follow the onscreen prompts to perform the moves. This is especially true if you've played similar games like the Just Dance series.



Some mild references to violence in the song Smooth Criminal ("He left bloodstains on the carpet").


Some sexual lyrics and imagery are in the game. With the songs, words include "She said he's not coming back, because he's sleeping with me" (Dirty Diana) and "I got it coming and it's ecstasy" (from Streetwalker). The signature Michael Jackson moves include placing a hand over the crotch area and thrusting hips forward and back.



It could be argued this game is a marketing tool to sell more Michael Jackson music and other related merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Michael Jackson The Experience is rated "E10+" for some suggestive lyrics (mainly sexual, a little violent) and there are some suggestive moves, too, including thrusting hips and crotch-grabbing. But at its core, this is a dancing game that celebrates Michael's music and his dance moves. This is a review of the Wii version.



User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRockybalboa211 February 20, 2011

A good natured man..

I don't see what's wrong with crotch grabbing. I mean the way MJ did it was supposed to be an insult to dark forces. He had the devil hand symbol upsi... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 year old Written bytjsmom0818 December 18, 2010

Perfect for everybody

love it....great workout allows me and my son to play together..and just dance...
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2013

Fun For The Whole Family-Mostly

Anyone who is a fan of the music of pop legend Michael Jackson knows his songs aren't always fully kid-friendly, and playing this game without knowing what... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 28, 2014

What's it about?

As you'd expect from a Michael Jackson game and the folks who brought us the successful Just Dance series, Ubisoft's MICHAEL JACKSON: THE EXPERIENCE is a dancing game that lets up to four players perform like the King of Pop, and are each graded on his or her performance. More than 25 of the late Jackson's hits are in the game, including "Billie Jean," "Beat It," Bad and "Black or White." While the music is authentically Michael, the onscreen dancer is a MJ lookalike who teaches you the moves, which you must mimic (and aided by onscreen arrows to follow). Other dancers are in the game, too, dancing against backdrops that resemble classic Michael Jackson videos such as "Remember The Time," "Thriller," "Bad," and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."

Is it any good?

Michael Jackson The Experience is great fun, but you must be a Michael Jackson fan who likes dancing to get anything out of this game. While listening to more than 25 of Michael's biggest songs, you can try and dance like him -- including doing his signature moonwalk, the zombie dance from "Thriller," "the lean" from "Smooth Criminal," and yes, grabbing one's crotch (ahem) -- and compete for high score with or without friends. Some might not like that this game doesn't star Michael but a choreographer who looks like him (down to his skin, clothing, and hair style). The game is very similar to Just Dance 2, but with Michael's music and imagery -- but what it lacks in ingenuity it makes up for in a good time. Some versions of the game include a sparkling glove, which might also be a treat for fans.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Michael Jackson music, games, and other products should be released after MJ's passing.


  • Do you enjoy active gaming more than traditional gaming?

Game details

For kids who love musical games

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