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Just Dance 4: A Review of a Great Family Game

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Just Dance 4: A Review of a Great Family Game

Just Dance 4 is the newest addition to our home video game collection. My grandson Luke has been playing Just Dance 4 at school and has also rented it a few times from RedBox. He has been watching the game videos on YouTube and really enjoyed them, so we got him this as a present when he graduated from Kindergarten.  Our new first grader is becoming a dance machine.

Just Dance 4 is a lot of fun, the gameplay requires you to move to a series of choreographed steps and a very good beat. It can also be an exhausting endeavor which is very good exercise. The verdict depends on a persons age and fitness level. The almost 7 year old in our home can dance and dance, while this grandmother can make it through one half of one song without collapsing into a rather large heap in the floor.

Just Dance 4

The Playlist

  • I’ve Had The Time Of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

  • Asereje, which is also known as The Ketchup Song by Las Ketchup

  • Beauty and the Beat by Justin Bieber and featuring Nicki Minaj

  • Beware Of The Boys by Panjabi MC

  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Boys Town Gang

  • Crazy Little Thing by Anja

  • Crucified by Army of Lovers

  • Disturbia by Rihanna

  • Everybody Needs Somebody to Love by Dancing Bros.

  • Good Feeling by Flo Rida

  • Hit ‘Em Up Style by Blu Cantrell

  • Hot For Me by A.K.A.

  • I Like It by The Blackout Allstars

  • Istanbul by The Might Be Giants

  • Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley

  • Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

  • Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez and the Scene

  • Maneater by Nelly Furtado

  • Mas Que Nada by Sergio Mendes and featuring The Black Eyed Peas

  • Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 and featuring Christina Aguilera

  • Mr. Saxobeat by Alexandra Stan

  • Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley

  • Oh No! by Marina and The Diamonds

  • On The Floor by Jennifer Lopez and featuring Pitbull

  • Oops!…I Did It Again by The Girly Team

  • Rock Lobster by The B-52’s

  • Rock N’ Roll Will Take You To The Mountain by Skrillex

  • Run The Show by Kat KeLuna and featuring Busta Rhymes

  • So What by Pink

  • Some Catchin/ Up To Do by Sammy

  • Super Bass by Nicki Minaj

  • Superstition by Stevie Wonder

  • The Final Countdown by Europe

  • Time Warp by Halloween Thrills

  • Tribal Dance by 2 Unlimited

  • We No Speak Americano by Hit The Electro Beat

  • What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

  • Wild Wild West by Will Smith

  • You’re The First, The Last, My Everything by Barry White

  • Umbrella by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

  • Good Girl by Carrie Underwood

The Top 10 at Our House

The B-52’s and their song “Rock Lobster” are on the top 10 list in this household. It is a fast paced song and Luke enjoys both watching the video and dancing to it. One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” is another favorite. The choreography is easy and he learned it quickly. The scores and encouragement on the screen as he dances makes him feel accomplished. ” Wild Wild West” by Will Smith would also be on our top 10, as would “The Final Countdown”. “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything” by Barry White is there due to my own addition. Why? Well, because it is Barry White. At the top of the list for Luke is “We No Speak Americano”. The song is by Hit The Electro Beat. His excellent scores as he hits every move keep him dancing to that song over and over again. “Jailhouse Rock”, “Mass Que Nada”, “Good Feeling”, and “Call Me Maybe” round out the Brook top 10.

Additional Downloads

By using XBox Live Points, additional songs can be purchased and then downloaded for play. Luke chose Katie Perry’s “Part Of Me” as his first download. He chose it for the dance moves and not the song. These additional downloads will keep the game fresh and new for an extended period of time.

More Than Just Fun

If parents and grandparents are concerned about their children spending too much time in front of a game system and not enough time in physical exercise, this game on the XBox 360 Kinect is a perfect choice for fun and exercise this summer. Who knows? I may even try it again myself when nobody is watching. Just Dance 4 is also available for play on the PS3, Wii, and WiiU game systems.