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Very good workout, not so good instruction
on June 11, 2011
This is a really fun game and a good workout tool. I happily work up quite a sweat using it. The controls don't seem terribly intuitive on the Wii and I feel like maybe it was actually made for a different game system and then ported, but it's not too bad.
However, I was greatly disappointed with the teaching factor of this game. Perhaps it's better for people who have done Zumba before and are familiar with the moves, but for a first timer it can be hard to follow. The instruction mode where you're supposed to learn the steps seems almost worse than useless. They register that the move is right whether it is or not and push you though the stages so fast that you don't really get it. Plus, in some of the steps it seems as if the person on the screen keeps moving forward without of course going anywhere, but if you try to emulate you'll end up running into the TV sooner or later. Since I wanted to use this to learn Zumba, it's been rather frustrating.
On the upside, the game play itself is actually easier and less frustrating than the tutorials. Here is where it's a good thing that the game is very forgiving about whether or not you're really matching what's on the screen since sometimes I can follow along and sometimes I can't figure out what they're doing, but as long as you keep moving in the general direction you're okay. Again, I feel disappointed because I actually wanted to learn Zumba and do the real steps and all, not just kind of hop madly in the right direction, but as long as I'm burning calories I suppose my actual goal is being met and if I set aside the frustration factor, then it's quite fun. I've only played it four or five times so far, so perhaps I shall slowly learn more of the steps as I continue to play, we shall see.
Long and short of it is that as an exercise aid I give this an A+, as a Zumba learning tool I give it a D. Not a good way to learn Zumba from scratch, but it is a good way to work out.