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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2009
... and when I say "wow", I mean it as in "how could something that has The Biggest Loser franchise behind it be so bad?!?"
Let me start by saying two things: 1) I have a Nintendo DS, and not a DSi, so I will not be reviewing those functions involving the camera and internet connectivity, and 2) If you own the Wii version of this game, DO NOT PURCHASE THIS ONE! There is very little this game has that the Wii game doesn't have and the majority of it is repetition.
After you create your profile (by giving your name, gender, birth-date, height, weight, goal weight, and activity level) you create a little avatar with a few functions to change it's appearance. This is where the game immediately went downhill for me! It calculated a basal metabolism rate of 2205 calories and suggested as a sedentary person I eat 2145 calories a day - that's a deficit of only 60 calories! At that rate (barring exercise) it would take 2 months to lose a single pound! Moreover, in the "quiz" section of the game (more on that later), it says that the Biggest Loser doctors recommend eating no more than 7 times your weight in calories. Following that would be about a 500 calorie deficit - which makes more sense - however when you enter your calories in the calendar section, it still says "Suggested Calories: 2145". Already I'm finding this game useless, and am convinced that my free app "Loose It!" for my iPod touch is a thousand times better than this for tracking my calories in and out.
After creating a goal of how much weight you want to lose, you are ushered into the main screen with the four main options which are Calendar, Exercise, Healthy Eating, and Progress. There is also an Options button for changing music volume, sound volume, voiceover on or off, edit profile and delete challenge.
From the calendar screen you can track your weight progress over time, use the calorie counter, exercise, and the weekly weigh in. The calorie counter earned this the second star since I thought it might be useful to some people. Many fast food and restaurant menus (34) are included... but it's far from complete. For instance, one shocking omission was McDonalds! Also, all the items in the calorie counter are current as of 2006 - fine for an egg that doesn't change its value over time, but bad if you are looking for a restaurant menu item that was introduced in the past 3 years. Again, my free app for my iPod is considerably better and up to date.
Exercising with this is truly unrealistic and perhaps the biggest disappointment for me. The graphics demonstrating each move are two or three images in a loop. They look jumpy and hideously ugly. Moreover, you need to reach for your stylus and click a little check mark to advance to the next exercise every minute or 30 seconds (depending on the duration of that particular exercise). This is no different than exercising to a book - and having done that in the past, I can tell you it's just as interesting. Yes you can browse exercises, create a routine, or use a preexisting routine, but the execution is so terrible that these functions matter not!
This section includes Quick Tips (which seem to be repeated from the Wii game), a Cookbook (which is repeated from the Wii game), "Calculators" (which tell you your BMI, BMR, and suggested daily calories (rubbish)), Calorie Counter (the same 2006 edition as in the Calendar section), and two little quiz games. The first game "Choices" is where you answer 10 questions about which two items is the better choice. The majority of these questions insult your intelligence "French fries or baked potato? Soda or Water?" (I kid you not) and there doesn't seem to be much more than 20 questions total so replay is worthless. The same can be said about "Quiz" which asks multiple choice questions. These questions don't insult you as much and can be interesting, but far too few in number.
Here is a Progress Graph, a list of Accomplishments you've completed (lose a pound, skip desert etc. Mundane to the useful, could be motivating to some) and mini-biographies of past contestants (rather useless in my opinion).
My conclusion? Shovelware. If you are unfamiliar with the term it means "software that has virtually no value to a user, but that is packaged and/or sold as if it did" or "software that is inflated in value by "shoveling" in all kinds of information, usually free to anyone and generally worthless."