Parents' Guide to

Michael Jackson: The Experience

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Ideal for young King of Pop fans who enjoy dancing.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 11+

perfect for moonwalkers kids

this game is so good and looks very funny

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 10+

Michael Jackson: The Experience

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." — What’s in the game? Minor Language - 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). Suggestive Movements - The signature Michael Jackson moves include placing a hand over the crotch area and thrusting hips forward and back.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (16 ):

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.

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