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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game encourages kids to be active and get fit in a fun and age-appropriate way.
Positive Role Models
The characters show that it's fun to exercise and be healthy. They tell players to keep moving and are positive no matter how the kids are performing.
Ease of Play
The game includes plenty of on-screen instructions and prompting for navigating the menu system. The actual dances often transition quickly from one move to another and, without any instruction mode to learn the moves, preschoolers will struggle to keep up.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nickelodeon Dance is a dance game for young children. Its goal is to engage young kids in fitness. The game includes several difficulty levels and can be enjoyed by up to two players at the same time. Several songs are unlocked only after certain achievements are met. At various times during a song, the game will take pictures of the players as they dance. These pictures are replayed as the score is revealed and kids always enjoy seeing themselves on the screen. This review was conducted on the Kinect for Xbox 360 version of the game. Other versions may be slightly different.
Is It Any Good?
Nickelodeon Dance will appeal to preschool and early elementary kids who are fans of these Nickelodeon TV characters. They will enjoy dancing along with familiar songs. With a multi-player option, the game creates a social/family fitness activity. For kids who just enjoy the dance and pay little attention to their accuracy or the score, this game will be fun. But for those who are focused on scoring, this game may be frustrating. Even the easiest dances have some moves that will be foreign to most kids, and by the time they realize a change in moves has happened, it's time for the next one to arrive. The more advanced levels have moves that are very difficult for young kids (and some adults) to pick up on their own and the workout mode is fast and furious. Without any kind of tutorial for the dance moves, Nickelodeon Dance is best played by kids and an adult who can lend some extra help. The menus on the Kinect version of the game may also be tricky for younger players. It's easy to select the wrong song, but difficult to back out of it.
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