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Just Dance Kids 2 - Playstation 3
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 22, 2011
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
As a parent and Vine reviewer, I popped it in alone and navigated through the menus. An eyebrow did shoot up...given the diverse nature of the songs (all kid-friendly mind you), ranging from The Wiggles, to Yo Gabba Gabba, to older fare provided in the form "Just The Way You Are" (Bruno Mars), what did Ubisoft intend to do with a Just Dance Kids 2 title? Were they trying to straddle age groups and make it work?

With something as nebulous as the word "kids", I wondered exactly how Ubisoft was going to handle a target demographic of, say, a 5-year old and a 10-year old in the same room. However, Ubisoft manages to do exactly that.

As soon as my daughter (who is 8) entered the room along with a younger friend (6) and another older friend (10), I let them have at it, intending to review this product through THEIR perception, not mine. Here, we're able to find a game that a group of kids aged 6-10 can play together with and are eager to get a turn at it. I have 2 Move controllers (only 1 Move controller and Eye is required as a minimum), although the game will support up to 4 players simultaneously; if you have 4 Move controllers, I hope you have a wide area to play in! "Fun!" "Awesome!" "This is so cool!" are what I can relay from the kids. However, the 10-year old might be stretching the song choice a little bit hard; I'd say that kids 9 and younger are an extremely safe bet. Older than that and you risk the possibility of success to bomb in a heartbeat with the included playlist; I'm sure that you'll know your children well enough to make an informed decision. Like Christmas, the kids ripped through the various menus and tried to uncover whatever they could.

The menu system is relatively easy to get through and the kids managed to seem to get through the menus quite well with no input from me. You can string together songs if you want to, play them individually, start an endless shuffle, etc. It's not terribly heavy in the customizable department, but I think that's a good thing. The kids thought the menus were easy to get through and relayed as much. While all songs can be selected by default, filters exist for younger/older kids as well as easy/hard songs to dance to. You can turn lyrics (subtitled on the left-hand side) for the songs on/off. This more advanced customization is not as bold as other menu selections, reducing the apparent importance of those choices to kids but leaving it up to adults to filter as needed. Beyond that, however, it doesn't have too many frills. But, despite the lack of frills, the kids keep coming back to play it some more.

Controls are pretty tight; Move controllers are well-integrated to the live action kids dancing in front of whimsical backgrounds. Songs sound pretty good, too; however, just to warn you, not all songs are sung by the original artists. Some are and some aren't for reasons that elude me. However, the kids don't care and that's ultimately what the game is all about!

As a parent, the playlist does suffer from some unusual eclectic taste. "Barbara Ann" and "Shake Your Grove Thing" will sound like an era away for today's kids and, although they like it, they won't get the same smiles of recognition that parents will give. Take a look at the overall song list if you'd like, but I'm willing to bet that parental perception of the song choices will be completely contrary to what the kids ultimately enjoy. Ubisoft has done a remarkable job here.

I only wish that "Dance" gaming titles would learn their lesson from Activision's mistake in the Guitar Hero series and make it easier to just simply download titles rather than machine-gunning us with additional discs. One could say that there is hardly the space, but given the AVCHD (video) compression out there these days, one could easily make a single using about 100 MB of memory which on a hard-drive enabled PS3 is hardly a taxing amount at all!

I'd highly recommend this game for kids aged 5-10. It sounds/looks great, the menus require minimal parental input, and the kids are getting a workout by having fun. I'd give it a solid 4.5/5 (rounded to 5). Enjoy!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
In this video I show you the following:

-Dance mode
-Playlists mode
-Non-Stop Shuffle mode

-Single player dancing
-Team high score dancing
-Medley dancing

Here is the full listing of songs in Just Dance Kids 2:

Accidentally In Love
Alright
Are You Sleeping (available in multiple languages*)
Barbara Ann
Burnin' Up
Crocodile Rock
Despicable Me
Dumb Love
Feeling Good
Five Little Monkeys
Follow The Leader (The Wiggles)
Girls Can Too
Hand In Hand
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (available in multiple languages*)
Hold Still (Yo Gabba Gabba)
I Am A Gummy Bear (available in multiple languages*)
I'm Gonna Catch You
Intuition
Istanbul
Itsy Bitsy Spider (available in multiple languages*)
Jingle Bells (available in multiple languages*)
Jump Up!
Just The Way You Are
Lollipop
Love Me
Mah Na Mah Na
On Our Way
Party Goes Down
Positivity
Rocketeer
Shake Your Groove Thing
Something That I Want
Song 2
Start All Over
Summer School
The Hokey Pokey (available in multiple languages*)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (available in multiple languages*)
The Robot Song (Yo Gabba Gabba)
The Shimmie Shake! (The Wiggles)
Whip My Hair

*Multiple languages include English, French, Spanish and German

I hope this helps. Happy Gaming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 19, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
JUST DANCE KIDS 2

The Playstation 3 is really a cool little system, actually a really cool system and has had some cool games. Everything was good and then they came with the move. A little device that picks up movement, well you know what it is. So naturally these dancing games came out and why wouldn't they, these things are really popular. In fact the "Just Dance" line is really popular and all versions of it sell well. So when I was able to get this I jumped all over it. I knew my little cuz would love this and since it is for kids it worked out.

The song selection here is actually really good and features songs that kids of multi ages would enjoy. Even us adults can turn the brain off and have a good time here with the kids. It can play with up to four people although we have only done it one at a time thus far. There are songs made for kids on here that come straight from the radio and ones that are from TV shows. If you have kids you will most likely recognize a lot of these tracks.

This is a cool little game with something like 40 songs to choose from so it works out. If you have kids or around them for work or relatives or something then this is the game for you. Everyone can play and dance around with the youngens. It is a fun game so check it out if you get the chance, plus it is more for the kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 28, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Just a quick tip since I couldn't figure it out until I compared the on-screen ratings with a wikipedia listing of the songs for this game: the stars are a difficulty rating (one star = easy, three stars = difficult), and the hearts are an effort rating (one heart = relatively relaxed, three hearts = energetic). I had assumed one of the two referred to an age rating (since this has everything from the infantile "Itsy Bitsy Spider" to the for-kids-but-not-toddlers "Party Goes Down" and "Whip My Hair"). So in case anyone else was wondering too, there you have it: stars = difficulty and hearts = effort, not age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 15, 2011
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This game is good, but the selection of songs for younger children is better in the first game (Just Dance Kids). Still fun, though, and I'm sure my kids will get a lot of use out of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Ubisoft's Just Dance Kids 2 can be played by children and parents together. The routines are flowing, not complicated, from easy to follow to more challenging depending on the character, and well choreographed. The filter allows to select easier or harder songs, which can satisfy children with any gaming skills, from the 40-track list including hot pop songs, those from TV shows & movies, classic favorites, nursery rhymes, and more. Up to 4 players (a) compete for the most points, (b) maximize team score, (c) freeze & shake on second's notice, or (d) adapt to short segments of multiple songs in quick succession - medley selected from categories of interests. Unfortunately, not all medleys are smooth. Always displayed lyrics can be sung. Max. 10 playlists of 10 songs can be set up in addition to pre-loaded ones allowing long uninterrupted sessions. Time spent on playing and calories burnt are recorded. Progress pane shows the most popular songs. Lyrics, move indicators and animations can be switched off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
I have the adult "just dance" games so I thought this would be of the same nature. It almost seems like a cheap knock off. Most of the songs are not even by the real artists like in the adult games. My 6 year old niece does not seem to notice it is not the same, and my 3 year old likes to watch is so it is not a total waste. If I could go back in time I would get a different one maybe one that has the real artists sing the songs. My niece loves the adult "just Dance" games so I should have just gotten another of those or added more songs to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My gaming days are getting behind me now as I just don't have the time for it anymore. I do get into the mood every so often to just blow off all my responsibilities an take a day to myself for some guilty pleasure. This game is quite fun and addictive, but having played the original game I didn't think it was all that much different, so not a huge upgrade.

I'm more of an arcade racer and horror strategy gamer, but this one is certainly fun and worth checking out, maybe a rental before buying?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
I bought this for my granddaughters 6th birthday. It has been a big hit with her and her 2 year old sister. They are having a lot of fun using this game. It keeps them occupied and is great exercise when they can't be outdoors this winter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I got this for my 4yr after I caught him trying to imitate us when we played Just Dance 2014. He was hesitant at first but once he recognized a few songs and saw that there were kids dancing along to the music, his face lit up and he got pretty excited to play. Now after 4 months of playing, he's a little pro with those moves!
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