Kidz Bop Dance Party! The Video Game

A Dance Game For Kids By Kids

What It Is

Kidz Bop Dance Party! The Video Game came out last September, but it was somewhat overshadowed by all the other dance games arriving around the same time; so I figured I’d go back and check it out. Like other dance games for the Wii, Kidz Bop Dance Party is a collection of songs with choreographed dance numbers that players have to follow in order to score points. The Wii eliminates the need for a dance pad controller as the motion-sensing remote allows the Wii to “see” the players’ movements and award points for hitting the dance moves at the correct time.

Why It’s Fun

What separates Kidz Bop: Dance Party from other dance games is that the songs are sung by kids, and they are contemporary tunes rather than nursery rhyme favorites. Just like the Kidz Bop CDs, Dance Party contains current and classic pop hits including “Paparazzi”, “Evacuate the Dance Floor”, “Thriller”, “Get The Party Started” and “Hey Ya!”.

The game’s level of difficulty is designed with young gamers in mind so they can easily and quickly start playing. Kids love having a dance game of their own that allows them to feel “grown up” like the older kids who are playing Just Dance or Dance Central.

Kids also love the ability to create a custom character to be their in-game dance instructor. There are multiple options to allow kids to create the character who will perform the moves that the kids have to follow. The options include hairstyles, costumes, outfits and accessories. Additionally, kids can choose the background locations for each song.

Who’s Going To Love It

This game is strictly for the youngest gamers in your household—generally between the ages of four and eight. Tweens and teens have probably already moved on to Just Dance, and adults may find the kid versions of songs like “Party In The USA” a little annoying. (Or perhaps a lot annoying depends on the individual parent.)

What To Be Aware Of

Kids are awarded points for performing well and there is no penalty for missteps. The idea of the game is to have fun and try to earn a high score without frustrating the kids with a lot of negative feedback.

The game only comes with 24 songs, which is a little disappointing.

Replayability

Because of the low number of songs, kids might get bored with Kidz Bop: Dance Party after playing it a few times, so replayability is low.

Fun Scale

2 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

Kidz Bop Dance Party! The Video Game
Publisher: D3
Rated: Everyone

System: Nintendo Wii
Genre: Dance
Players: 1 to 2

SRP: $39.95
Launch Date: September 21, 2010
Date of Review: March 9, 2011

*Rating determined by the ESRB

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