We are all huge fans of the Just Dance series of games by Ubisoft. Dance games are a fantastic way to have fun, enjoy music, and lose weight all at the same time. There are six Just Dance games available with Just Dance 3 being the latest release. Like most dance type games, the goal is to dance along with the figures on the screen and match your movements and rhythm as closely as possible to theirs.
There are over 40 songs on Just Dance 3. I was thrilled to see that a number of my favorite artists were included such as Cee Lo Green (“Forget You”), Nelly Furtado (“Promiscuous”), and Katy Perry (“California Gurls”). There are also a few songs that I’m not sure fit really well in the song list including Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” and Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Still the blast from the past id fun although I did enjoy the newer songs much more. I have no idea why they chose to include some of the songs they picked. I think the game would have been even more attractive had it included more top hits, but maybe they were trying to reach a larger target audience of people who actually remember listening to people like Donna Summer.
The game does beep out the inappropriate words which is sort of odd, but definitely appreciated considering the target audience is 10+. You can also download new songs from a catalogue of new tracks online for an extra charge on some versions of the game.
There are two basic options with Just Dance 3. You can choose Dance! or Just Sweat. In the Dance mode, you simply dance along with the person on the screen. The Wii remote will sense your movements and will compare them with professional dancers to give you a score. They also take into consideration the amount of energy you put into your dancing. Some moves are worth more than others and are called Gold Moves. When you do a Gold Move correctly, you get a lot more points. You can now have up to four concurrent dance routines with different moves for each player. The game also includes the Classic Mode, Duet Mode, Medley, and Simon Says Mode like in previous versions.
Just Sweat lets you enjoy the same songs as Dance! however the main purpose is to work up a sweat and get in shape. You can do a free session of one workout or choose to do a seven day challenge that will track your progress. If you choose the seven day challenge, you are asked to choose one of three versions depending on how many “sweat points” you want to burn off. I’m not sure why they didn’t use calories burned as a reference when trying to keep track of how you’re doing on your workouts but they didn’t. I can tell by how tired I am how good a workout I am getting, but I’ve no clue how to translate sweat points to calories. As you improve on your workout, you can unlock new songs as well which is fun.
We definitely enjoy playing Just Dance 3 as much as the Just Dance Summer Party, although I think we liked the song selection better on the Summer Party game. However, I love the option of either dancing for fun or working out and it’s great fun for the whole family.
Just Dance 3 is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB for Lyrics. This game can also be found on: XBox 360 Kinect and PS3.