Just Dance Kids 2: Exercise-in-disguise for the purple dinosaur set

I received a free copy of Just Dance Kids 2 for Kinect through the Amazon Vine program, so the following is a copy of the review I wrote for the game.

Vine reviewers with kids between the ages of 3 and 8 were asked to review this game, and I think that’s a good age range for Just Dance Kids 2. My 7-year-old enjoys this game, while my 10-year-old prefers the “big” Just Dance 3 Kinect game.

This game is structured slightly differently from JD3. When players jump in front of the camera to play, it takes a picture of your face, and with gestures you can select a cartoon avatar that’s either boyish or girlish. (That’s an important distinction for young kids!) The videos show actual kids dancing against colorful backdrops, and the steps themselves are much simpler and more repetitive than the regular Just Dance dances. The songlist is more kid-oriented than JD (“Lollipop” here is the “lollipop, lollipop, oh lolly lolly lolly” song, NOT the “sucking too hard on your lollipop” song in JD3) although not as large, and so far there’s no downloadable songs. It’s very easy for players to jump in and out mid-song, but make sure there’s plenty of room for them to jump around – it can get pretty chaotic! The “create your own dance” feature is also included and a lot of fun.

This would probably have the most appeal to the Barney and Yo Gabba Gabba set. The controls are easy to use even for the youngest gamers, provided the camera can see them. If they’re older and already listen to a lot of pop songs, Just Dance 3 may be a better buy.

Here is the song list, from the description on Amazon:

Hot Pop Songs for Older Kids!

  • Alright
  • Burnin’ up
  • Dumb Love
  • Feeling Good
  • On Our Way
  • I’m Gonna Catch You
  • Intuition
  • Just The Way You Are
  • Love Me
  • Positivity
  • Rocketeer
  • Whip My Hair
  • Song 2
  • Start All Over

Songs from kids’ favorite movies and TV shows

  • Accidentally in Love
  • Despicable Me
  • Hold Still – Yo Gabba Gabba
  • I Am A Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)
  • Jump Up!
  • The Robot Song – Yo Gabba Gabba
  • Follow The Leader – The Wiggles
  • The Shimmie Shake! – The Wiggles
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  • Something That I Want

Fun Songs for Younger Kids

  • Party Goes Down
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Five Little Monkeys
  • Mah Nà Mah Nà
  • Girls Can Too
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Summer School
  • Hand in Hand

Classic Kid favorites!

  • Barbara Ann
  • Crocodile Rock
  • Istanbul
  • Jingle Bells
  • Lollipop
  • Shake Your Groove Thing
  • Hand in Hand
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Posted on January 19, 2012, in Console games, Exergaming, Game reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I just need something fun. The songs on Just Dance were exactly what I needed.

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