Zumba Fitness Rush

Common Sense Media says

Dance game makes staying healthy feel like a party.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game takes it easy on players when it scores efforts to duplicate on-screen moves and keeps the energy high and fun to create a very positive atmosphere for the dance fitness exercise program.

Positive role models

The on-screen instructors are always smiling and while they don't actually give verbal encouragement, their expressions provide incentive to keep moving throughout the songs and the workout routines.

Ease of play

Using Kinect, the menus are easy to navigate and the actual routines allow players to set up a drop-in screen that shows upcoming moves. The songs are keyed to the intensity level (low, medium, and high) and while the low intensity is more or less just stretching exercises (which are very nicely done), the high intensity songs can be a sweat-inducing workout -- if you can pull off all the moves. The Kinect sensor sees your moves and gives you a rating. Trying to pull off all the moves at the high level will accomplish the goal of exercising whether the moves are done perfectly or not.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Zumba Fitness Rush is a dance-centric title in which exercise is worked into dance routines. As such, there are dancers shaking their butts and upper bodies while performing the moves. The intent does not seem to be sexual in nature although the moves can be interpreted as such.

Language

The music is catchy, upbeat, and energetic -- and many of the songs are not in English. According to the ESRB, some of the song translations do contain mildly suggestive lyrics but if you don't understand the language and are only using the music to drive the beat of the routine, it really won't matter much. There are some suggestive lyrics in the English songs, though, such as Pitbull's "Pause," in which the lyrics "... if you say okay, we will play night and day, I'm such a dir-dir-dirty dog, my teeth will unsnap your bra" are heard.

Consumerism

This game comes with a free seven-day pass to 24-Hour Fitness, presumably to take real Zumba classes. There is also a feature called Zumba World in the game, which will help players find Zumba classes in their areas of the country. And once the game is established, the publishers may have new songs available to download for a price.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns. While there is an online element, there is no interaction with other users. Multiplayer is on the same machine and up to two players can participate.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zumba Fitness Rush is a dance fitness game that requires the Kinect sensor to play. It is a high-energy game that keys in on exercise and burning calories as part of the dance programs, and because it has a high level of exercise, those that participate should understand when to take breaks to avoid overdoing it. Because the game uses Zumba dancing, there may be some moves that parents may think are too grown up for younger players; this is a game that features adult dancers and so the routines are geared for adults. If two players are dancing, make sure you have enough room.

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What's it about?

ZUMBA FITNESS RUSH is a dance-oriented exercise program that uses the Xbox 360 Kinect to allow players to use their bodies to mimic the moves by the game's instructors. The game features 42 songs, six instructors, and allows up to two players to participate. As players dance, their movements are scored and there is a scrolling text-oriented commentary to tell them how well they are doing. Additionally, players can set up a custom playlist to vary their workouts, track their progress in terms of burning calories, and use the Full Class menu option to work through predetermined routines.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While the graphics may not be top-notch, Zumba Fitness Rush is certainly an exercise program that can cater to different skill or fitness levels. The low-intensity stretching routines target valid muscle groups and are excellent ways to warm up muscles. The high-intensity songs are challenging for Zumba novices and should not be approached lightly. The song list is a mixed bag, but most players will be more focused on trying to keep pace with the moves than listening to the songs. This title does provide a decent supplemental exercise routine and for those with 360 Kinect systems, it is worth a look.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to approach any exercise-oriented game in a safe and healthy way.

  • How can you tell which dance moves are appropriate, whether they are part of a game or seen in other media?

  • Parents can talk to their daughters about body image, and how not all images seen in the media are worth emulating.

  • Talk about healthy eating and how to get the right amount of exercise outside of playing video games.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:February 11, 2012
Genre:Exergaming
Topics:Arts and dance
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes (Xbox 360)

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