Victorious: Taking the Lead
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Victorious: Taking the Lead is based on the tween/teen Victorious TV show from Nickelodeon. The characters are competitive, and not always very kind toward one another, and the one adult seems like a questionable role model. Most of the games are follow-me rhythm games where the kids are in dance-offs or rehearsals.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
What Kids Can Learn
Victorious: Taking the Lead wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
VICTORIOUS: TAKING THE LEAD follows Tori and Jade as they vie for the lead in the high school musical and the chance to kiss Beck on stage. Kids can play as either Tori or Jade as they compete in dance-offs, try-outs, rehearsals, and the final show. There are a few other levels that involve blocking sword attacks, flirting with girls (very mild), and trying to maintain the spotlight. In most of the games, you watch the other character do a few dance moves and then you repeat them in time with the music by drawing up, down, left, or right with your stylus (on the DS) or button-pushing and moving the Wii remote (on the Wii). Higher scores unlock new dance moves, different outfits, and stickers to decorate your virtual locker. You also unlock mini-games to enjoy outside of the story. The game is divided into chapters and it's easy to go back to try for a perfect score on a level.
Is it any good?
Victorious: Taking the Lead is a fluffy game with a mediocre storyline and a lot of repetition. Fans of the show will likely enjoy seeing the characters and listening to the music. It's very easy to navigate and move around in, and it's very difficult to lose a dance-off in easy mode. The biggest issue may be that the game is quite short. Kids with decent rhythm and hand-eye coordination can easily complete it in an hour or two, while still managing to unlock most of the content. The question remains if they will want to go back and play again to make it worth the purchase. Victorious: Taking the Lead is a fine game, but lacking in substance.