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Zumba Fitness - Kinect - Xbox 360
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
Platform for Display: Xbox 360
I really like the workout and the music. I had read all the bad reviews and was hoping that they were maybe just user error but the game is glitchy. I found that if anyone walked behind me or around me during play the game would sign me out. Which is difficult with young children. I could just sign in and hit continue but it was really frustrating and disappointing because the game itself seemed great. I have only played it once so far and did the 20 minute routine. I have never done Zumba but have always been interested in trying it. So far I am impressed, the music was great and the moves are so fun. They don't give instruction, it is more of a watch and learn type of thing. I read reviews for the dvds and they said pretty much the same thing and it is not as hard as I thought it would be to catch on. Plus, the game gives you a little feedback I am not sure how accurate it is since like I said the game did have some glitches. I read there might be an update coming to fix the bugs I hope it's true because then it would be a five star rating for me. I might also try to use the calibration card before my next use

Update: December 20- I did the update that fixes the bugs when it came out. I put the game in and the option to download the update pop up first thing which was cool. I saw major improvement right away. I can definitely tell when I am not hitting the moves right. The instructor lights up yellow and green when your doing good. Orange and red when you are off. Also it doesn't sign me out if one of the kids walks into the sensors view anymore, sometimes it picks them up and will say Guest 2 or 3 but it doesn't affect the game play at all. The only time I get signed out now is if I leave the area for a minute, like to go get a drink of water or something. Then all I have to do it hit "Done" on the sign in screen and "Continue Game" on the next and it picks up right where it left off. Basically it takes the same amount of time as hitting pause on the remote. So all in all I think that it is a great game and fun. It's a good way to try Zumba if you already have an XBOX 360 and Kinect, since the DVDs can be pricey and this game is only about $40.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2011
Platform for Display: Xbox 360Verified Purchase
I've been taking Zumba classes for a year now and was hesitant to by this after all the negative reviews. But I enjoy the moves and the music, so that won out.

INITIAL MENUE: The initial menu is AWFUL and clunky. Sometimes I get a workout just trying to sign in as it doesn't always register my waving right away. The section where you choose the classes is challenging as well. Trying to manuever that hand on the bottom is like trying to pick up a crumb on the floor with a pool stick. I'd say it takes a good 3-4 minutes from the time you turn on the disc to the time you actually get to dance. That's a long time compared to other Xbox games.

MOTIVATORS: Once you get to the actual routines, this is where your sense of humor has to be good. The music is great, the moves are fun, and that's what I enjoy. But if you pay attention to the motivators on the screen or listen to them, you have to laugh! "Great leg moves!" shows up when both the instructor and I are just standing there. At one point during the cooldown I read "give your arms a workout," but the instructor's arms were just down by her side. The best is "Nice Hip moves" that comes up when she is just standing there doing nothing. I think they just randomly throw those comments in to keep you motivated. You can't trust them, so just ignore them.

RED CIRCLES: Here's the other thing I don't undrstand - those red circles. All the Zumba instructors I've seen say to just do what you can and to add your own style. So to have to exactly match every shoulder and foot movement on the screen doesn't seem as important as just keeping moving. Maybe it's just to remind you to shake and move those areas, but you shouldn't get/lose points for them.

SIGNED OUT: I got signed out when I went too far out of range, so now I keep my water and towel much closer to me.

VARIETY: I also wish the different classes had more variety. There are three intermediate 20-minute classes and they are all pretty much the same. There are so many great songs and dance combinations, I just wish it wasn't so repetitive. Not sure how long it will be before I get bored of hearing the same songs all the time.

OVERALL: In the end, it's a great way to spend 20-45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise that I may have otherwise spent sitting on the couch eating and watching TV. My live Zumba class is once a week for six weeks and it costs me $60. I don't expect my instructor to slow down or stop if I'm not getting it, so I'm not bothered if it takes me some time to get some of the moves on this. Just keep it going and I'll get it when I get it. If I use it once or twice a week, it's a buy.

All in all, I enjoy the songs and the moves, and that I can do 20 minutes at the intermediate level whenever I want.

I hope Majesco has been reading all these reviews and is making good notes for the next Zumba game they make!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
Platform for Display: Xbox 360
Zumba Fitness is my second fitness game for Kinect. My first was Your Shape, so I was already familiar with how to use Kinect. I have never had a Zumba class in person, so Zumba Fitness is my first attempt. Right after I put the CD into the Xbox an update was downloaded, presumably the upgrade to improve bugs. Then I had to figure out what to do. The navigation was not intuitive and I could not "flip and wave" through the options like I can with Your Shape. So, that was disappointing. Then, I tried to do a tutorial, but it went too fast for me and I just bumbled my way around. Then, I went into the 20-minute beginner workout class. Again, too fast for me to pick up right away, but after a while I was getting the hang of it. I know the game was not registering my moves because the vocal feedback was too positive. But, that's ok. I was really working and I could tell that I was getting a good workout whatever I was doing (i.e., I ran to the shower when I was done).

I'll keep with it. Maybe I'll need to play around with the tutorials some more and do the workouts several more times to feel more comfortable. But, for now I'm satisfied with my first use of this game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Platform for Display: Xbox 360Verified Purchase
I purchased Zumba Fitness for the Kinect last month, in hopes that it would be better than the Playstation 3 version. I enjoy playing the PS3 version of it, but dislike having to either wear the strap-on belt to hold the motion controller (which never stays in one place on my body), or else I have to hold the controller the entire time that I'm dancing. Not a huge deal, but who really wants to hold a controller for an hour or even 30 minutes while you're dancing/exercising? I found the Xbox version of this game to have more glitches - some of the songs I played would temporarily freeze in the middle of the song. I also disliked the fact that the Xbox version does not keep track of how many minutes you danced. It would have also been nice if they would have allowed you the option to navigate through the main menu using a regular controller, instead of only being able to use your hand to select songs, etc. I was disappointed in my purchase, and may end up trading it in for another game. If you are looking for a dance game for exercise or just general entertainment, I think Zumba Fitness Rush & Dance Central 1, 2 or 3 does a better job at tracking your movement and with less technical issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
Platform for Display: Xbox 360
I have been using this game for 5 months now, and it is a great game if you can stay directly in front of the kinect sensor for the duration of your workout. I've been using this about 3-5 times a week combined with the "Biggest Loser" game and healthy diet and have lost 50 LBS in 6 months! (I gained 60 lbs while pregnant...) Zumba is a great workout, and this game provides a fun way to break into Zumba from home. That being said, kinect is getting better and better and same with the games that are coming out. This zumba game came out in the early stages of kinect and does have bugs that get annoying. If you walk away from the sensor area it will replace you with guest 0-1,2,3,4,5... Also, the main menu is very basic, but still annoying to use, if you don't have good coordination with the sensor you won't get past the main menu. I was also surprised that once getting to the "advanced" classes with Beto, that the classes were very different from all the ones prior, very segmented, his avatar also stops mid-dance many time to pose and point around the room, really annoying. I don't feel as though I get a workout from those and either make up my own dance just to progress the game or end up going back to the intermediate classes for a good sweat. I am looking forward to the new game that will be released in February of 2012, but will still use my current game to help me meet my goals until then.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2011
Platform for Display: Xbox 360
I have been looking for a fun workout, and this delivers! Usually, when I think I need to get more fit, I will work out once or twice and then get fed up with it and go back to being lazy. This, however, has captured my attention, and I actually look forward to doing it. The exercise routines are only 20 minutes, and each 20 minute routine is broken up into five short sections. Because it is broken up, I don't find myself looking at the clock during my workout, and it feels like the workout goes quickly. I work up a nice sweat during the workout, and I definitely feel like I am becoming more toned because of it.

However, this game does have a lot of problems. The menus are annoying to navigate. Most importantly, though, it does not use the kinect's technology well at all. I try hard to do all the moves perfectly, but it often thinks that I am not doing well (when I KNOW I am in sync), or it does not sense me at all. When my mother plays, on the other hand, she often just moves about like crazy and doesn't try her best to do the moves like the dancer on screen, and the game LOVES her (when it senses her). I don't know why they released a game that does not make proper use of the kinect's motion technology. The game might as well be a dvd in all honesty.

In the end, I gave it three stars because it HAS gotten me moving again. It is a lot of fun, and it does have a lot of routines to play with. Even though the game is ridiculous for how it completely misuses the kinect's motion technology, I can't knock the game down too much because it's the only kinect game that I play every, and I enjoy it immensely. If you're thinking of buying it, you can expect plenty of fun, but don't expect anything for how it uses the kinect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2010
Platform for Display: Xbox 360
I bought the game.. had been waiting for it. I love going to zumba class 5 days a week as is so I figured this would be great. I can say I am kinda disappointed in the game. It is not horrible but it does not get all the movements picked up. However, I am just glad I had a buy 2 get 1 free deal for the game so I am not out all my money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display: Xbox 360
An update seems to have resolved some of the glitch problems with the game before but the menus could definitely use some improvement. The Kinect seems to track my movements fairly well on the game. But my biggest problem with it is it's very difficult to follow the trainer. They don't walk you through the moves and "teach" you (for example the way Dance Central "breaks down" the moves) and the dances are complicated enough to be difficult to follow for someone with zero exposure to Zumba before this game. So I end up "winging it" and just doing the best I can, all the while wishing she would slow down and teach me so I can learn the dances and have confidence, not to mention more fun. As for the kind of workout you get, out of all the Kinect games that involve a lot of movement that I have (Your Shape, Dance Central, Dance Masters, and this) this game had me the most exhausted, sweating, and out-of-breath. You can definitely burn some serious calories here. But it really would be a lot more fun if I could learn to follow the moves accurately. Of course, if you've taken Zumba classes before this may not be an issue for you. The game looks good - I feel like I'm in a hot club and it's very colorful to look at, and the music is fun and motivating. But it is really confusing to try and copy the trainer if you have no experience with Zumba. I definitely would have given the game 4 stars if there had been a "break it down" mode to teach you the dances. Dancing is a fun way to get excersize compared to other methods - but not if you are confused and stumbling over your two left feet because you don't know the moves. By the way, I noticed other reviewers mentioned there are tutorials - there are but they go very fast and do a very poor job of teaching the moves. They really didn't help me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2010
Platform for Display: Xbox 360
So, I have been doing Zumba now for just about two years, going to classes twice per week faithfully for the longest time, then i started working full time and started missing classes. When I got this game I hadn't done Zumba in maybe two weeks, but before that I hadn't done it in close to a month- that is to say not with others, I wanted to become a ZIN so I started doing my own routines for Zumba, so I tried to keep pace with my love.

I had actually thought about buying the Zumba program but told myself to drag myself to a class instead. My husband bought the KINECT this weekend, and I jumped right in to the game.

PROS-
fun music, interesting dance routines, you will burn up a good sweat

CONS-
I do think its weird that the game doesnt recognize my movements. She keeps saying good job, nice leg work, good hip motion, even when I have stopped moving or am out of range BUT my thought was to use it like a regular fitness DVD, doing as much as I can, and perfecting my moves.
The moves do go pretty fast, but then some songs have super slow/wack choreography (BLA BLA BLA, I absolutely hate that one, and there's another one we do in actual class that the choreography is similar but not the same, and kinda badly done).

I think overall this product may be better suited to those who do Zumba alot and are acclimated to the moves. With Zumba the moves are very repitious and the instructors usually tell you just don't stop and put your own spin on the moves. I think that would help most people when the computer is not reading your movements or when you feel like she's going to fast, just swivel your hips do some salsa steps, do some squats and make the most of your time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2011
Platform for Display: Xbox 360
I have been to real a Zumba class with an awesome instructor (FULL of energy!). When I heard this game was coming out for XBOX I just had to buy the Kinect to see what it was all about. The game has tutorials if you want to learn the dances before starting. This is very helpful if you have never been to a Zumba class, or even if you have, because the dances are not always the same. Sometimes its hard to follow the steps of the instructor but as long as you are moving and having fun it is a good time. The only thing I feel is wrong is that I did not have enough room to move around for the camera. There is a lot of moving and somehow I always found myself too close to the tv where it would not register my movements, or too far to the side (but that is where the dance was taking me). I also tried to pause the game to get some water and I lost my spot in the game, there was no where to go back to exactly where I left off..that led me to turn off the game because I was not going to go through ALL the previous dances! All in all the game is a good workout because my body is hurting, and it's almost like a real Zumba class. Just give yourself plenty of room and get your water before the game starts!
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