Just Dance Kids 2014 (X-Box 360)

October 23, 2013 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In Just Dance Kids 2014, the popular dance series lets younger players groove like a champion. Thanks to Kinect’s innovative tech, Just Dance Kids 2014 can get players up and dancing like never before. The game opens with a simple, effective tutorial that makes sure players of all ages can get into the mix, which was a wise inclusion. The players can dance solo, dance as a team, or use more simplified gestures instead of full body movement. In the latter, players just need to match the poses on screen, which is a good way to get them acclimated to the experience. The routines are tailored to the target ages of the songs, so Yo Gabba Gabba songs have a simpler set of moves than Footloose, for example. This also lets players progress from the easier songs to more challenging ones, another terrific mechanic. In all cases, the routines feature fun dance moves, the kind that people of all ages will enjoy, but especially the younger ones.

The list of songs is creative and impressive, with wide age appeal and plenty of songs everyone can appreciate. The roster runs from The Wiggles to Selena Gomez, or The Hustle to One Direction. The list covers timeless children’s favorites like Mary Had a Little Lamb and Skip to My Lou, classic standbys like Do You Love Me and I Like to Move It, and more contemporary hits like Give Your Heart a Break and Make It Shine. So there is a wide selection of songs to choose from, enough that players should be able to find plenty of favorites to dance to. With over 30 songs to choose from, the playlist options are quite welcome, as players can dance to up to 10 selected songs in a row. The Kinect sensor also allows you to record your performance, add in some visual flair, and have your own music video to show off. Just Dance Kids 2014 is quite a workout as you can imagine, so the game even allows you to track your total time played, as well as total calories burned. A fun game that is also good exercise, Just Dance Kids 2014 is a wonderful addition to the Kinect library, so it earns a high recommendation.

Video: How’s it look?

The game uses a similar visual design to other Just Dance games, but with a brighter, more colorful presence. The dancers on screen are also young children, which should help more nervous players relax a little. After all, if those kids can move it, so can they, right? The backgrounds also tend to be more kid-centric, so the whole experience has been tailor made to make younger players feel right at home.

Audio: How’s it sound?

This is a game that is all about music, so of course the soundtrack is important. The songs all sound terrific, with a good amount of presence. The sound effects are mostly limited to the menus, but they’re well done and suit the game to a tee. The main element is the music however and since it sounds great, that is what matters. One cool inclusion is that you change the language of some songs, so English, Spanish, French, and German are all available.

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