Zumba Fitness

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Dancing fitness game for Kinect fails with poor execution.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

This game mixes high calorie-burning activity with gameplay. It doesn't feel like a "fitness" game because players mainly just dance along to a series of high-energy songs, but its focus on creating an intense workout shines through. The message of fun fitness comes across solidly, even though there are substantial shortcomings to the game's overall execution (detailed below in the "Is It Any Good?" section).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although there is no real story to the game, players are introduced to Zumba Fitness instructors who encourage them to work out, be active, and get fit.

Ease of Play

Hard to play. In theory, this game should be easy to play for all users. On-screen commands are basic and because it's a Kinect game, it requires no controller. However, the game is rarely successful in recognizing even basic maneuvers like spins and arm thrusts. Compounding this is the fact that there is no fleshed-out tutorial in the game, leading to a gameplay experience that is unnecessarily difficult.

Violence & Scariness

This game is based on the Zumba Fitness brand, which sells its own lines of fitness DVDs, exercise equipment, and workout clothes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zumba Fitness, an exergaming title for Xbox 360 Kinect, doesn't work well. While it should be a perfect game to get kids to be active and working out without even realizing they're "exercising," its poor execution of gameplay makes it a tough title to recommend. The game's collection of pumping, high-energy Latin music would make anyone want to get up and move, but there are other music-based dance/fitness games that function better.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMusicRock668 August 26, 2012

Zumba is Party hit Fun game !

Zumba Fitness is such Fun Game is very easy learn steps if use to play any of the just dance games songs Choice think is Awesome They are fun to dance too an... Continue reading
Parent of a 10, 12, and 14-year-old Written byGimmick March 3, 2011

This is possibly the worst game ever created

I'm sorry to say, zumba fitness is a very bad game. The movement detection just fails drastically. There is no swearing and stuff but even so I still would... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 23, 2011
I hate this game! It's very hard to play!! It's not fun either... I've played it 2 times and I absolutely HORRIBLE!!!

What's it about?

ZUMBA FITNESS promises a game that's unlike most other fitness or dancing titles out there. Unlike most fitness games, this one isn't just about doing exercise routines over and over again. And in contrast to the majority of dancing games, Zumba Fitness is filled only with very energetic, get-up-and-move songs. The entire catalog consists of fast-paced Latin music. As such, anyone who plays it is sure to get a good sweat, because it makes working out fun and there is no \"easy road\" to take. You have to use your body to play, and any song you choose is full of energy.

Is it any good?

It would be extremely easy to recommend Zumba Fitness if it functioned as it is supposed to. However, even after hours of play we still had difficulty with the game recognizing our movements. As such, it ends up being an exercise in futility instead of providing an enjoyable exercise experience. Additionally, even though the game's selection of music is designed to be fun and easy to dance to, some players may dislike the lack of variety of musical genres. The game does offer a lot of interesting features, such as letting four players dance simultaneously, competing for the highest fitness level, and a variety of background scenery to mix it up. Too bad it is almost impossible for the game to pick up players' movements.

Online interaction: Up to four players can compete online, just like in the offline play modes. This motivates players to do the best they can against their peers and encourages the idea of being active with a group of friends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about how to use video games as part of a healthy exercise routine. Would playing this game help you stay active?

  • Why is it important to get outdoor exercise in addition to playing exercise games?

  • What kind of music is your favorite to dance along to?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Majesco
  • Release date: November 18, 2010
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Lyrics
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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