Parents' Guide to

Walk It Out

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Walking becomes a fun game of exploration and getting fit.

Game Nintendo Wii 2010
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Flawed But Fantastic

There are a few issues with this title: it often counts movements from a previous step as belonging to the next step, and despite this being a perfect opportunity to use Miis (you did spend a long time modelling your family and friends, right?), they use their own generic people models. It can also be really hard to aim at things to build or collect them, though some people might not consider that a negative :) On the plus size, this is a perfect way to tie physical activity in with rewards. Unlike an elliptical in front of the TV, exercise and rhythm are essential for progressing, and this game uses some common video game tricks to draw you in: steps taken are "money", which you can use to unlock paths, songs, times of day, and to build things in the map. 10 steps for a flower pot, 100 for a palm tree, 400 for a fancy house, 1000 for a flower field, and unlike a lot of video games, there's a natural termination when you get too tired (though you might make that extra little push to build that windmill, because points don't carry over) Personally, I find it motivating enough to clock 12,000 steps in a session easily, and the music is really good, though you may wish to go in and disable some songs (which you can) that have more adult lyrics.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (4):

Walk It Out makes it fun to hit the pavement, counting steps. By turning walking into a game, Walk It Out turns exercise into an enjoyable experience for kids. It is easy to start up, and hard to stop, which is a good thing because it makes you want to keep walking. You can walk just holding the Wii remote with the Nunchuk tucked into your pants pocket or waistband; or you can walk on a DDR dance pad or by using the Wii Balance Board – they all work. You can even walk with another person with two avatars showing on the screen, so that this game is a great way for a parent and a child to play together. It is a video game that can help combat childhood obesity.

This is a game all ages will enjoy from as young as age 3 to 99. But if you are playing it with little kids, select your own playlist from the 120 songs because some have edgy lyrics. And don't elect to play the two optional mini-games that involve whacking humanoid figures. Also, you will want to fiddle with the options so that little kids don't lose points if you miss a beat while walking. You can even set how hard it is to earn the capsules that decorate and expand this world.

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