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Walk It Out

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Walking becomes a fun game of exploration and getting fit.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game sends the positive message that walking can be fun and good for you. It celebrates getting exercise. It keeps track of you steps and calories and encourages you to keep walking everyday.

Positive role models

Your trainer is tremendously supportive, telling you how far you have walked and encouraging you to continue. The trainer can be female or male. This has an avatar creator to represent you walking on the screen, and it allows you to customize you character's hair, skin, and clothes.

Ease of play

There are 3 ways to play this game: by walking holding the Wii remote with the nunchuk stuck in your pocket or waistband; by walking on a DDR mat controller; or by walking on the Wii Balance Board. The Wii Balance Board can't take the pounding as well as the other two options. The game has lots of options so that you can tweak it to fit your style and age.

Violence

Two of the three optional mini-games involve whacking humanoid-like creatures with a mallet. One is a whack-a-mole take-off and the other has you whacking creatures before they injure your health. No one is truly injured from all the hitting.

Sex

A few of the lyrics in the 120 songs contain sexually suggestive themes like "I can taste her on my tongue, she's the sweetest taste of sin." But playlists can be selected and offensive songs not played.

Language

Some songs that you walk to contain suggestive lyrics, which can be displayed on screen. You have the options to turn off lyric displays and to not have certain songs play. For younger children, select the Toddler Tunes playlist.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Walk It Out makes walking in place fun. While rated E10+, the game can be used by kids as young as age 3, as long as parents control the song playlist (some of the songs have suggestive lyrics) and exercise some of the options to make the game easier. If younger children are playing, don't explore the 3 mini-games because 2 involve whacking humonoid-like characters with big mallets. The game allows two people to walk together, so this is a perfect way for a parent and a child to take an inside walk when the weather is bad outside.

What's it about?

WALK IT OUT is a rhythmic walking game that helps families get fit by walking everyday. Kids create an avatar which represents them as they explore walking paths within the world of Rhythm Island. They start on a limited number of paths but the more they walk, the more the island expands. As kids walk in place in real life, their avatar walks in the virtual world. Each rhythmic step earns a chip to use to unlock additional walking paths, trees, buildings, landmarks, rainbows, new music, and even the ability to change the time of day. You choose what to spend your chips on by pointing your Wii remote at floating capsules. For example, if you click on a palm tree that costs 50 chips and you have earned that many steps, a palm tree instantly grows beside the path.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of getting exercise everyday.

  • Families can also discuss the creation of an avatar to represent you onscreen. Why did you choose the traits that you did?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:January 12, 2010
Genre:Exergaming
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E10+ for Comic Mischief, Mild Lyrics

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Teen, 16 years old Written byselena 123645 January 25, 2011

nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i hate it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old February 13, 2010
Kid, 10 years old March 1, 2010

positive messge

i like this game because you learn alot and you get to be a person in a new different world yo feel like your in the game
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