What a great opportunity I have gotten from Clever Girls and Ubisoft. Not only did they let me try out Just Dance 4, but they have also asked me to review Just Dance Disney Party. My middle daughter could not wait to get her hands on this game. When she found out it was coming every day she would ask me is it here yet. It took longer than I expected to get here, but my children still got to play it a few times so I could write this review for you.
What It Is
As I’m sure you can imagine it’s just like Just Dance 4. A video game that gets you up and moving and more than just your fingers. Screen time takes on a whole new meaning with these interactive games from gaming systems like Wii.
So just like in Just Dance 4, Disney Party has you hold on to the Wii remote and you follow the dance moves on screen. The on screen people actually resemble the characters from the show the song is. It has all of your Disney favorites from Lilo and Stitch to Cinderella. Plus it includes songs from the shows on Disney Channel. Everything like A.N.T. Farm, Shake It Up, Good Luck Charlie, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock, Phineas and Ferb, and so much more.
There are a few different ways you can play this game. Much like in Just Dance 4 this is for up to 4 players. You only need the Wii remote. No special dance pad or other equipment.
You begin by selecting how you want to dance. You can choose one song to play and just begin dancing, you can create your own playlist of songs, you can do a non stop shuffle which plays through a mixture of songs for a certain amount of time without interruption, or you can o select a son where you’ll choose each song you want to dance to between songs.
You select which mode you want to play in. There’s team high score where you work together with another player to try for a high score. Freeze and Shake is fun. It’s kind of like red light green light. When a stop light appears on screen you have to stop moving the Wii remote until a shake icon appears. You will lose points if you don’t follow those directions. Balloon Pop requires players to dance to inflate a balloon. When the balloon pops you have to shake the Wii remote to get the stars and earn points.
You can even choose what language you want the songs to play in. And on top of that on the bottom of the screen it shows the words to the song. My girls liked that about the game because they could try to sing along.
This game has a section just for parents. At first when I saw it I thought oh is this to get the parents up and moving too. Because honestly I don’t need a separate game play mode for that. It honestly looks like so much fun I generally grab a remote and jump in when they’re playing anyways.
But what it is is a place where you can keep track of your child’s progress and how much they are playing. I actually thought this was pretty neat. While I don’t restrict their game play on this one because it does get them moving. And with the weather getting colder sending them outside to play isn’t much of an option. We just had a physical in this house too and the doctor as always was encouraging less screen time and more exercise. Well, while this is screen time when I mentioned that my kids love playing this game she was all for it because it does get them moving.
But it shows you how long they played, when they played, calories burned, and how many times a song has been played. It also shows the progress of each song by top score or times played. You can also see the medals which have been earned. They even give you some health tips to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. I thought that was pretty neat.
However, I can’t tell who has earned what. So while it might be getting played I don’t know who has burned what for calories or who has played a certain song 20 times or who earned what medal. That would be nice information to know having more than one child to make sure they are all working their hardest and exerting enough energy. Of course since the Wii is right here in the living room I can see when one of them is not playing and is just watching from the sidelines, but it’s nice to see how many calories they are burning.
So, What Do The Kids Think Of It?
That’s the important part, right? Do the kids like it? Well, my kids say yes they do, but they like Just Dance 4 better. They do like that the words for the songs are there to read along with and really it’s not much different.
They don’t like the different modes of play like the balloon pop and the stop and shake. They found those both to be stupid.
They liked the selection of songs better on Just Dance 4. They also preferred the moves on Just Dance 4. My oldest said Just Dance 4 was more active. They definitely worked up more of a sweat trying to do Just Dance 4.
There are plenty of things for them on Just Dance Disney Party though. They enjoy watching Shake It Up and Wizards of Waverly Place and songs from there are on it.
Here is a video of the girls playing the game though. It really does just look like they are going through the motions.
On a side note, I have been expressing to my family and friends that thanks to Just Dance games the baby now thinks she needs a Wii remote in her hand to dance. She grabs one every time she wants to get down and boogie. It is really cute, but I hope she doesn’t need a Wii remote the rest of her life to dance.
Where To Buy
If you are interested in purchasing this game though then you can get it from Amazon for $41.20. This game is available to be played on Nintendo Wii and XBox 360 with the Kinect.
It is rated E for Everyone and is really another great addition to the Just Dance group of games. If you are looking for a way to get your kids moving and going outside to play is not an option, then this is a great game for that. The kids recognize the songs and the dance moves are not hard to do. So even the youngest of players can get into it.
What’s your favorite Just Dance game?
Thank you again Clever Girls and Ubisoft for providing this game to me free of charge. I have not received any other form of compensation and all views expressed here are my own.