What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?