If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know by now that I'm a big fan of the Just Dance games from Ubisoft (you can read a recent review of the adults version here). A little while before Christmas, I was sent a copy of their kids version "Just Dance Kids" to try out.
The Just Dance games can be a little complicated for children so Ubisoft have created this version with choreography designed just for them. Just Dance Kids has an age rating of 3+ and on the Wii, up to 4 people can play at one time. The music is catered towards children with recent and classic pop songs as well as movie and tv hits, and nursery rhymes. There's a song to cater for children in all age groups. The simple layout of the game means that children can navigate the menus with ease and there's also a "parents corner" where mums and dads can choose a play list or see their children's progress in the game.
We first tried this at a Christmas party where the age range of the children was 4-8 year olds. As mentioned above, the game can take 1-4 players and we definitely thought that more was certainly merrier - although it's might be wise to clear a big space as there's a few arms and legs flailing around in different directions! All the children really enjoyed playing it and it was good to have a game that got them off their bottoms and doing something a little more energetic!
What makes this different to the original Just Dance games is the use of real children in the videos rather than the outline/animation that the adult versions use. I think this makes it easier for the children to grasp and to follow. There are also a few fun features like the "freeze mode" where you have to freeze when it tells you (not always so easy for children!) and the "shake mode" where you have to shake the Wii remote.
This is a great game which we used at a couple of parties over Christmas and it was always a real hit, with one song being a particular favourite...
Aside from the Gummy Bear song, other favourites from the track list were Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, Song 2 and Jingle Bells.
If I was to offer one criticism of the game, it would be that I think it is targeted slightly towards the US market - I think the recent pop hits featured on the game are ones that American children will know better as my 6 year old didn't really know any of them and it would have been nice to have seen some songs on there that she is more familiar with from our own UK acts like JLS, The Saturdays and Pixie Lott.
All-in-all, Just Dance Kids is a great, fun game that is suitable for kids of all ages (even the adult ones!) and will provide hours of entertainment. It's also extremely good value as it's currently available at Amazon for only £14.99!
Thanks to Ubisoft for providing this game for review.
love & kisses
Mrs M x