What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that miCoach is a fitness-oriented program that requires the Xbox Kinect or PlayStation MOVE to work. It is a heavily branded game featuring Adidas. Players can set up a fitness regimen that spans several weeks and work through different elements of a designed program. For example, a fitness program may include exercising three times a week for three weeks. Some of the routines also require other materials, such as dumbbells or a stability ball (used for balance activities) that are not included with the game.
What's it about?
MICOACH is an exercise program that combines workouts with sport-specific games. There are eight areas (tennis, women's training, rugby, men's training, basketball, football, soccer, and running), and each area is broken down into sub-categories. For example, in running, there are two main areas: running stronger and running more efficiently. Kids will also be instructed in how to stretch and prepare to reduce injury. For women's training, the three main areas are get stronger, get fit and healthy, and get lean (with a total body plan). In soccer, you may work on core, leg-stretching, and strengthening exercises and then participate in a skill-based game that requires players to head or volley a ball launched at them back into the net. Workouts can be taken incrementally (in five minute or so portions) or in one long session (about 45 minutes).
Is it any good?
miCoach has a few stumbles in terms of the interface, but the exercise routines and plans and the games are quite well done. This will have users breaking a sweat in short order and having fun doing it. The addition of some recognizable professional athletes adds to the motivation and enjoyment value. While working out with a real trainer is preferable, this is a solid exercise program for home use.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the importance of remaining fit and developing a good exercise program. Here are some other fitness games that can help.
Talk about exercising in a safe manner and how to avoid overdoing it.
Why is Adidas so prominently featured in this game? How is this game selling to kids?
|Platforms:||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: following directions |
|Skills:||Health & Fitness: body awareness, exercise, fitness, gross motor skills |
Self-Direction: goal-setting, motivation, work to achieve goals
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||July 26, 2012|
|Topics:||Sports and martial arts|
|ESRB rating:||E |