What parents need to know
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.
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?
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.