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Victorious: Time to Shine

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TV-based Kinect game lets kids stage their own music videos.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song lyrics, which players sing along to, reflect positive messages like self-confidence and friendship.

Positive role models

There's no story and very little dialog, but various characters and teachers from the show guide the player through the different sections of the game, offering tips and encouragement.

Ease of play

Players mimic the actions of the characters on-screen using the Kinect camera. The game's tutorial is lacking, and there's no way to isolate and slow down the more complex dance moves to practice them -- an oversight that will likely prove frustrating.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to the Victorious TV show.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Victorious; Time to Shine is a movement, dancing, and singing game played on the Xbox 360 and using the Kinect camera peripheral. The game is based on the TV show Victorious, a high school drama aimed at tweens. There's no objectionable content, and kids can sing along with song lyrics that promote positive messages.

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What's it about?

As a student at Hollywood Arts, a prestigious arts school, players cooperate with the other students to produce music videos based on songs from the show. Players rehearse each part of the video by clearing four modes: Acting, Music, Dancing, and Singing. The first three modes involve mimicking the movements they see on-screen, while the fourth mode requires singing along with the music, Karaoke-style (no microphone peripheral required since the Kinect sensor has one built-in). In the final sequence, players stage the music video itself, which involves performing sections from each of the modes on the fly. There's also a multiplayer mode where friends can either cooperate or compete with each other. By achieving high star ratings, players unlock new clothing and hairstyles for their avatar, which can be male or female with numerous skin tones to choose from.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Victorious: Time to Shine maintains the positive vibe of the TV show (you won't find any raunchy lyrics or racy outfits here), so fans of the show should enjoy the familiar songs, setting, and characters. In terms of gameplay, Time to Shine is a middling effort that lacks the depth of titles like Dance Central and The Black Eyed Peas Experience. The biggest thing missing is that players have no way of isolating and slowing down the more complex dance moves to practice them before incorporating them into the routines themselves. This lack of ability to practice could easily prove frustrating to players, despite the game's forgiving nature of mistakes. Time to Shine is a fun game for fans of the show, but it is unlikely to win over players who take their music games a little more seriously.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which of the activities kids enjoyed doing the most. How does this game stack up to other music and/or rhythm games you have played?

  • Families can also talk about whether kids think it would be fun to go to an arts-based high school.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:November 15, 2011
Genre:Music and Dance
Topics:Arts and dance, Music and sing-along
ESRB rating:E

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