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My kids are 3 and 5 they are big nick jr. fans so this seemed like the perfect game to try out.
I popped the game in and the kids loved it right away. There was an instructional portion at the beginning of the game which taught them how to use the menus. It was effective because my kids figured it out right away. My 5 year old was able to navigate the game with ease.
The dance moves were fairly easy for a young child, but there were a few challenging moves too. The scoring system was easy for a child to understand. Also the game seemed to score the children very fairly considering their age. My 3 yr old was trying very hard, but not getting it right. It gave him 2 gold stars. My 5 nailed it so she got 3 gold stars. The game was very encouraging for both of them.
I read on a game review on a different site that some people didn't like to hear the constant coaching from Dora. It is annoying to hear, but then again the hole game sounds a little annoying. I've had the Aulete song stuck in my head all day. Two things to note though... you can turn off the coaching, but for a small child it's a great idea. Saves me from telling them 300 times to move right or move back.... I don't mind at all.
Overall, this game is great because the kids can play it by themselves. They don't need me to hover over them and help them do the whole thing.
The only thing that I didn't like about the game wasn't really the games fault. My children got tired of playing the game a little sooner than I had hoped. They also fought a lot about who got to be what color. The players can either be purple or blue. I don't know if you can change it or not, but if you have two boys, they may not want to be the purple player. Or maybe they both want to be blue.
I really had high hopes for this game to be something my toddler would enjoy. Unfortunately, I couldn't stand dealing with the overly sensitive menu controls long enough to find out. Kinect controls can be frustrating even on good games. On this one, they're Horrible! I can't even believe this game was tested before putting it on the market. The menus are so sensitive I could not control them at all, it either spun wildly thru the menu and chose something I didn't want at all or it didn't respond at all. And to add insult to injury, when I just gave up and danced with my daughter to "Alouette" of all things!, Dora would not stop yammering on with her "coaching". "move to the left blue player. Step back purple player. If you want to play dance in front of the kinetic sensor and raise your right arm" on and on and on, even after I managed to turn Coaching off in the options, which took way too many tries to get to while my daughter threw herself in the floor and cried because she wanted to play. An exercise in frustration. Back to the mailbox it goes!
Ok it recognizes the furniture and Dora yells player move forward repeatedly throughout the whole song. You would think it would stop at some point and realize there is only one player? Very annoying. The controls are way to sensitive and my grand daughter, who is two, has trouble with this. I guess it wasn't worth their trouble to fix the bugs? I have dance central and I does great so it not a calibration issue. It does not even appear to me that they even tested this before they put it out. I wont be buying this one.