Zumba Fitness World Party

Common Sense Media says

Fun fitness dancing game not very original.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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.

Language

The word "damn" can be heard in one of the songs.

Consumerism

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.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • counting

Arts

  • choreography
  • dance
  • music

Skills

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • motivation
  • work to achieve goals

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • fitness
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The game is engaging because it makes exercising fun. It also rewards you for dancing with various unlockables. There's a lot of variety, in songs, dance styles, dancers, locations, and game modes.

 

Learning Approach

Gamers follow along with the on-screen choreography and earn points by moving in rhythm. There's a fun social aspect to the game, too, in its multiplayer modes.

Support

The game will give players direct feedback on their performance. Plus, there are tutorials and lessons to teach you the dance moves at your own pace.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • counting

Arts

  • choreography
  • dance
  • music

Skills

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • motivation
  • work to achieve goals

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • fitness
  • movement

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 Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

As the name of the game suggests, ZUMBA FITNESS WORLD PARTY is a dancing game that has you following the moves of on-screen professionals and traveling around the globe to exotic locations such as Brazil, Hawaii, and India. In the Nintendo Wii and Wii U versions, the sensor bar tracks your movement while you hold the Wii Remote for the game to judge whether you're dancing in rhythm or not, while the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles use the Kinect camera to gauge your performance. The game features more than 40 routines spread out among 25 to 30 dance styles. The soundtrack includes music from pop stars Lady Gaga, Pitbull, and Marc Anthony, to name a few, as well as some Zumba originals. In case you weren't aware, Zumba is often referred to as the ultimate "fitness-party," featuring classes that fuse upbeat world rhythms with relatively simple choreography. It's a real workout.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Has the dancing-game craze come and gone, or are these games still interesting? Titles like this one and the Just Dance series can always offer more tracks and features, but are these companies milking it or do you welcome each new version?

  • Discuss the importance of physical activity. How can dancing keep you fit? 

Game details

Platforms:Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99 to $49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:November 5, 2013
Genre:Exergaming
Topics:Arts and dance
ESRB rating:E for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Kid, 9 years old January 12, 2014
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for kids 9 and up

it's good for kids 9 and up because languge and mild suggested theams and some suggested dances
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
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