“Can I play the Wii?” is a question that will always get a “yes” out of this Mom. This is because nine times out of 10, my kids choose an active game to play. Back when I was young (yes, I just said that), video games were exercise of the fingers and I fully admit to partaking in my own fair share of ‘the trance’. Yet now, a lot of games are so interactive that you can get a real workout!
One of my kids favourite games of all time is Just Dance; they have enjoyed it for years. Yet, it’s a version that doesn’t have a lot of songs that kids know, and most are too difficult to keep my 5- year-old twins entertained for long. While they are still faithful players of the game, they tend to choose the same few songs over and over.
We recently received a copy of Just Dance Kids 2014 by Ubisoft, and just like that – my kids have a new favourite Wii game. This version features sections of songs for adults, older kids and even younger children. Now, that hits all ages of players in my household. You got it – it’s one game for everyone!
Isabelle was the first to choose a song and had a hard time picking with choices like One Direction, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. She immediately noticed a new feature of Just Dance Kids 2014, Balloon Pop! During this kids mode, doing correct moves inflates the balloon and then the player shakes the Wii remote to pop the balloon, raising the score.
The twins were up next so we browsed the list of songs for younger kids. ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’, ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’ and ‘Fraggle Rock’ – they were excited to recognize all of the songs in their category and had a lot of fun taking turns at dancing along.
Watching all three of my kids made me realize that the level of difficulty was bang-on for each age category. The dance moves for younger kids had a lot more repetition and simple choreography than ones for older kids.
Some parts for both kid’s levels were trickier than others, but as a whole not so much that they would get frustrated. The difficulty level was just enough for them to have fun yet learn, which is the point!
In all, Just Dance Kids 2014 has over 30 tracks that include dance routines for the whole family. Adults will appreciate the classics such as ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ and ‘ I Like To Move It’ – which, yes I really moved it!
For 1-5 players, I love that this version is one that the whole family can enjoy. In fact, it’s perfect for the holidays when all ages want to have a game, simply pass around the remote and take turns choosing from a category.
There is a feature of this game that allows parents to track activity, songs played and skill level – yet this is not something I would use often at this time. I do like the idea of turning on the calorie counter, though. I’d much rather dance off the holiday treats than dust off the boring treadmill.
Of course the object of playing with others is to get the highest points, yet we always play for fun and exercise. Perhaps one day we’ll get serious enough to keep score and have our own little dance-off, yet for now Just Dance 2014 is one really great way to warm up a cold winter’s evening with the family!
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