Do you love family time but regular board games get boring week after week? Well take a chance with Just Dance 4. Just in time for the holidays you can get up, dance and hang out with the family after a huge Thanksgiving meal. Work off all that pumpkin pie while you dance to hits from Rihanna, Flo Rida, Carly Rae Jepson, Michael Jackson, and more!
Family night is also the perfect time to dance and break a sweat, trying to keep up with the younger crowd, but it’s a lot of fun and perfect for family bonding!
About Just Dance 4
Just Dance 4 is a music video game, developed by Ubisoft as the fourth main installment of the Just Dance series of dance games. It was released for XBOX for Kinect, Playstation 3 with Move, Wii, and Wii U.
With over 40 tracks from a variety of top artists, like “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson, and “Moves Like Jagger“ by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera. The tracklist also features legendary artists such as Michael Jackson and The B-52’s to get the whole family up and moving.
Selecting a menu option requires you to physically reach out with your hand and then pull your hand back to confirm the selection. Reaching forward makes it very easy to tap the wrong song, and pulling your hand back only registers properly about a third of the time. It’s hardly intuitive, and should act as a model for future Kinect developers on how not to do their menus. Trying to continue the fun was hard and laughing and joking came to a screeching halt as frustration set in with failed attempts at selecting a song.
Skip past finding a song, Just Dance is really awesome. Up to 4 friends can hop on and battle in front of the Kinect while mimicking the on-screen dancer’s moves.
Don’t be shy if you are rhythmically challenged because Just Dance wants you to join is so there is no loser here and Just Dance 4 isn’t afraid of handing out encouraging scores.
What I love is that all 43 songs are available instantly. You don’t need to go through single-player mode to unlock all the songs just so you have a huge list when it comes time to play with your friends.
While the full song list is available from the start, additional modes can be unlocked as you progress. Alternate dances can unlock for certain songs and dance mash-ups return from Just Dance 3, along with the new dance battles mode. Dance battles pit two players head to head in five rounds of dance-offs.
Just Sweat exercise mode also returns in Just Dance 4. As the mode suggests, it will definitely get you sweating in 10, 25, or 45 minute routines across a handful of musical genres. There is even a calorie counter this time around to tell you how much you’ve burned, but it doesn’t take things like age, weight, or heart rate into account so I don’t take it too seriously.
My Final Thoughts
I would rate this game pretty high up if the annoyance of the menu screen weren’t there. But even with that being said, the menu hasn’t stopped us from playing this almost every day. Both girls love dancing around even if they aren’t exactly hitting the mark on the correct moves. It’s a great way to get the kids up and active on a rainy, or cold day, or just get some great family time in.
My 8 year old Daughter Dancing
As of Friday, 11/16 Ubisoft released an automatic update to the game that will allow you to use your Xbox controller to navigate the menus and select songs. Provided your Xbox is connected, the update will happen automatically when you load the game. We have tried out the update and what a difference it makes! This game now gets 5 Stars from my family!
Disclosure: I’m a Ubisoft UbiChamp. As such, I receive sample products in exchange for review and no other monetary compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions are mine.