A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn not only different dance moves but also different dance styles. They'll be exposed to a variety of musical genres and introduced to various locations around the globe. They'll also learn it's fun to exercise. By playing Zumba Fitness World Party, kids learn different dance styles from around the world.
This is a dance-fitness game that encourages players to move in front of their TVs and to do so with other players. Although some of the lyrics and moves might be considered a bit "sexy," it's a positive game.
Positive Role Models
There is no main character; you're dancing along with the on-screen dancers. The male and female dancers are potentially role models: they're fit, racially diverse, and seemingly positive people.
Ease of Play
Although the game can be difficult for newcomers -- or the rhythmically challenged -- you essentially use your body to mimic the moves of the on-screen dancers, so there isn't a steep learning curve.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The tight outfits are revealing, both for women and men. Plus, some of the lyrics and videos contain suggestive words and images. This includes lines like, "Wanna feel you all night long,” as well as some suggestive dances.
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The word "damn" can be heard in one of the songs.
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Products & Purchases
In addition to heavily featuring the Zumba brand name, the game highlights many popular music tracks from big-name artists. Plus, there are Zumba-themed avatars and outfits to choose from on Xbox Live.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some lyrics refer to alcohol consumption, including the word "drunkenness" in English and Spanish.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zumba Fitness World Party is a physically active game in which players mimic the moves of the on-screen dancers while the console's sensor or camera tracks their movements in front of the TV. There are some suggestive dance moves, such as grinding hips, and some references to lovemaking.
Is It Any Good?
Zumba Fitness World Party is worth playing for the simple fact it gets you up off your couch and in front of your TV dancing, exercising, and enjoying music from around the world -- with visuals that compliment the music. Although it's not much different than its three popular predecessors, selling more than nine million games in total, the new "World Mode," enhanced graphics, and all-new songs make it a fun way to shed some pounds. It's even more fun to dance alongside friends, with two players on the Xbox platform and up to four for the Wii consoles, to see who can rack up the most points. Dance styles range from salsa, calypso, and Bollywood to hip-hop, reggaeton, and cumbia. Although the game won't win any awards for ingenuity, you can burn calories (there's even a Fitness Tracker feature), get fit, and have fun while sweating a ton.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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