A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Subjects: Arts: choreography, dance, music
Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
Self-Direction: goal-setting, motivation, work to achieve goals
- 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
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