Parents' Guide to

NBA Baller Beats

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Rhythm game about dribbling a real basketball to music.

Game Xbox 360 2012
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The game is a mixed bag. On one hand, gamers (and their parents) will appreciate the physical activity by dribbling through each song -- but on the flipside, parents, spouses, or siblings might grow annoyed by the constant thump-thump-thump on the family room floor. Those who live in an apartment or condo must also be aware of this. Another issue is if the ball gets away from you, and it will, you risk breaking something on, say, a coffee table, end table, or even your HDTV itself. And the game requires quite a bit of room (Majesco suggests 7 to 10 feet from the TV) so expect to see a warning about moving back further if you creep forward toward your television throughout the song.

But along with the 30-odd songs, the game offers a couple of different modes, including a Move Skill practice mode and a head-to-head multiplayer mode for up to eight players. There's a lot of gameplay here. Capable of making you a better ball-handler, NBA Baller Beats is ideal for those who love hoops, hip-hop, and rhythm games –- and you'll certainly get a good workout from playing it. But be sure to have a large playing space and move anything delicate or valuable out of the way before you begin dribbling to the beat.

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