Michael Jackson: The Experience

Common Sense Media says

Ideal for young King of Pop fans who enjoy dancing.





What parents need to know

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

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.


Not applicable

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.



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Kids say

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.


Families can talk 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

Platforms:Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 23, 2010
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:E10+ for Lyrics, Suggestive Themes (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written byBasn December 2, 2010

Fun to dance with Michael Jackson

If your kids love to dance - this is a fun, exciting game that celebrates Michael Jackson's dance moves and music but also it encourages kids to get up and excersize.
What other families should know
Great role models
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 upside down, showing hatred for all things evil. I also love how they had his arm band in the game since the arm band is supposed to symbolize the suffering children of the world. Overall, He was a good role model and wouldn't have gone to drugs if he hadn't suffered third degree burns on the scalp during the 80s and several serious injuries during his dancing in the 90s and if he wasn't so physically unhealthy (false heart attack, lupus, vitiligo, and constant inflammation of the lungs) The child molestation cases have no evidence to support that MJ did anything wrong.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old April 29, 2011

Mj fever

Whoo hoo u go M-dot Jackson lol my fav game whoo hoo awesome
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models


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