Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Active game more about dancing than exercise routines.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about dance moves as well as how to do exercises for fitness. The game discusses burning calories and incorporating active habits. Kids can also learn about eating appropriate portions and figuring out how to set up a healthy diet. Players set up a profile so they can see statistics about themselves like their Body Mass Index (BMI) and what workout routines are best for them. With Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, kids learn and practice many traditional exercises -- like kickboxing, yoga, and calisthenics -- as well as dance to burn calories.

Positive Messages

This game encourages players to be as fit and healthy as possible. It provides encouragement along the way, in the form of medals that players can earn as well as a record of goals and accomplishments that have been achieved.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are virtual trainers on-screen that help players complete the various exercise moves and also help keep players motivated.

Ease of Play

This game is only as difficult as players choose it to be. They can take it easy and work of very light workout routines, or they can crank it up and do the most challenging exercises one right after the other. The only universal challenge with this game is trying to figure out exactly how to move the Wii Remote so it matches the on-screen instructions.

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One of the game's main modes has players dancing to various songs. One of the songs is LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem which contains the line "Now you home with me ya naked now." Another song is She Wants to Move, which is edited but still contains the line "her ... is a spaceship I want to ride, she's sexy."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 encourages players to be fit and healthy. The game's primary game mode involves dancing along to pop music. Players can also participate in more traditional workout routines, following along with instructions on the TV. Players are scored based on how accurately their movement with the Wii Remote matches the on-screen guide. There are also other features like healthy food recipes to help players live a healthy lifestyles even when they're not playing the game. The pop music songs have been edited and are similar to what would be played on the radio, yet there are still some, like Party Rock Anthem, that have provocative lyrics.

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What's it about?

YOUR SHAPE: FITNESS EVOLVED 2013 provides players with different ways to exercise. The main gameplay mode involves dancing along to pop music songs, providing players with an aerobic workout. There are also more traditional exercise routines, which players can participate in by following on-screen instructions. Players earn points based on how well they move the Wii Remote along with the instructions. Goals can be set within the game, and players receive rewards for reaching those goals. In addition to the gameplay modes, there is also a built-in cookbook with recipes for healthy meals. These recipes can be displayed on the Wii U GamePad, allowing players to take them into the kitchen for reference.

Is it any good?

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 tackles the daunting challenge of trying to make exercise fun. Players perform energetic dance routines to popular songs and then get a score based on how well they performed the dance moves. The more standard workout routines are a secondary part of the experience and as a result this feels more like a dancing game with a fitness component. It does incorporate the Wii U GamePad in interesting ways, namely presenting players with information on calories burned and the amount of time left in their workout routine. Also, the ability to pull up healthy recipes on the GamePad, which players can take to the kitchen, is pretty cool. In short, select this game if you want to approach fitness through dancing. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 provides players with a robust way to keep track of all their fitness and health goals, so anyone serious about getting on the right track will likely appreciate what this game has to offer.

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