Just Dance Kids and Just Dance 3 – Review

Two dancing games with the Just Dance name, but two very different gaming experiences.

Just Dance Kids is obviously the one that my youngsters gravitated towards first, but once they saw their favourite LMFAO track on the Just Dance 3 listing they decided that both needed further investigation (and there was me thinking I would get Just Dance 3 all to myself)

We started with Just Dance Kids which is just as you would expect, all the great things that the Just Dance franchise is renowned for just in a kiddified version. The main differences between JD Kids and its big brother version is a much easier difficulty level and a track listing full of child friendly hits like ‘The Gummy Bear Song’, ‘Head,Shoulders,Knees and Toes’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and even a few classics TV Classics from The Wiggles, Imagination Movers and Yo Gabba Gabba.

Despite being for the younger generation, Ubisoft have gone all out on the graphics and interface front making Just Dance Kids look pretty amazing. Before this review, I hadn’t actually played any of the Just Dance Franchise before (I think the last dance game I played was Dancing Stage, yes it was that long ago!) So when we finally settled on ‘The Robot Song’ from Yo Gabba Gabba as our first dance I was amazingly impressed with the onscreen presentation. The kids in the background showing you the moves are so energetic and comical, it’s so much fun just to watch even before you start doing the moves yourself.

The Boys and me had  lots of laughs working our way through tunes, and it certainly tires them out after a few routines. Great thing to keep on standby for when the kids are getting a bit too boisterous and need to let off some steam before bedtime, after busting a few moves they are out like a light!

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Just Dance 3 is very much the Grown up of the franchise, and it shows as soon as you get down to some gameplay.

Thomas and Jacob both decided that despite my protestations that JD3’s LMFAO hit was probably going to be a bit too difficult for them, they were going to be fine. Mummy however was right as it was way too difficult for their little feet to follow. That didn’t stop them rolling around laughing though every time they ended up falling over their feet.

There are 51 different tracks to choose from, with some brilliantly obscure and out their choices like Madness’ ‘Night boat to Cairo’ and ‘I was made for Lovin’ you’ by Kiss. Ever fancied feeling like an extra in ‘A Nightmare before Christmas’ and dancing around to ‘This Is Halloween’? Well with Just Dance 3 you can do just that.

My favorite gameplay experience is the newly upgraded Just Sweat Mode. This is where you get Sweat Points for your dancing, Dance Workouts and a very easy and enjoyable way for you to add some exercise into your daily routine.

It may surprise you but out of the two games even though it’s not essentially meant for me, I think I would still pick Just Dance Kids as my favourite. I suppose it’s probably just me still being a kid at heart, but I loved being able to dance around to the Wiggles with the kids. We could all do all of the routines, so there were no tears over missed achievements, and for me the wonderful children dancing in the background really made my day every time we played.

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Dream Toys 2010

Yesterday saw the Toy Retailers Association announce it’s annual list of Dream Toys.

The TRA complied their predictions of the Top 12 toys in 7 different categories, and then the best from all the list were combined to create the Dream Dozen.

I was pleased to see plenty of my favourite products making it onto the Dream Dozen, like the Lego City Airport, Kidizoom Videocam, Moon Dough and the Paper Jamz Guitar.

Here’s the full list of all the winners:

The Dream Dozen

Lego City Airport

Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station

FurReal Go Go Walking Pup

Jet Pack Buzz Lightyear

Kidizoom VideoCam

Monopoly Revolution

Moon Dough Barn

Nerf N Strike Stampede ECS

Paper Jamz Guitar

Pumpaloons

Sylvanian Families Motorcycle and Sidecar

ZhuZhu Grooming Salon

Girls Top 12 Toys for Christmas

AniMagic Tender Care Twins

Baby Alive Bouncing Babbles

Baby Born Magic Feeding Doll

Barbie A Fashion Fairytale Doll

Barbie Puppy Swim School

Bratz Party Dolls

FurReal Go Go Walking Pup

JLS Collector Dolls

Moxie Girls Art-titude Dolls

Ocean In My Pocket Coral Reef

Sylvanian Families Motorcycle and Side Car

ZhuZhu Grooming Salon

Boys Top 12 Toys for Christmas

Armouron Action Set

Bakugan Maxus Dragonoid 7 -in- 1

Ben’s Mark 10 Car

Beyblade Super Vortex Battle Set

Doctor Who Eleventh Doctor Sonic Screwdriver

Hot Wheels Dr Bones Colour Lab

Jet Pack Buzz Lightyear

Kung Zhu Battle Arena

Star Wars: Clone Wars General Grievous Lightsaber

Star Wars: Hoth Wampa Cave

Toy Story Collection Sheriff Woody

UNSC Arctic Rocket Warthog

Pre-School Top 12 Toys for Christmas

All Around Chuggington Train Set

Duplo Toy Story The Great Train Chase

Playmobil Fire Engine

Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset

Thomas Zip, Zoom & Logging Adventure

Kidizoom VideoCam

My Pal Scout

Peppa Pig Lullaby Peppa

Play To Learn Mr Colour Maker

Play To Learn Pic ‘n’ Pop

Storio

Toy Story Collection Lots ‘o’ Huggin Bear

Games Top 12 Toys for Christmas

‘Best of British’ Board Game

Boogle Flash

Cuponk

Elefun

Gator Golf

Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego Game

Jolly Octopus

Monopoly Revolution

Pig Goes Pop

Pumpaloons

Scrabble Trickster

Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It

Creative Play Top 12 Toys For Christmas

Bendaroos Creativity Centre

Lego City Airport

Lego City Cargo Truck

Crayola Color Explosion Glow Dome

Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush

Disney Princess Snow Globe Maker

Harumika Designer Dress Form Set

Moon Dough Barn

Noteez

Play-Doh Puppies Playset

Toy Story 3 Woody & Buzz to the Rescue

Zubber Jewellery Maker

Cool Toyz Top 12 Toys For Christmas

Air Hogs Lazer Zero Gravity

Air Hogs Vectron Wave

Animatazz

Barbie Video Girl

Battle Machines

Bladez Micro Helicopter

Bop It!

Loopz

Nerf N Strike Stampede ECS

Paper Jamz Guitar

Technic Buggy

Zibits

I had a great time at the show, and as you can imagine was in my element playing with all the new toys and gadgets, I also got loads of new ideas for toys to cover in the future. So be prepared for a Toybuzz deluge, as it’s look like Dream Toys is going to keep me busy all the way up until the big day itself!