Product Type: 505 Games Wii games
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Dance Away With Zumba
Zumba Fitness (Wii)
Member Name: stufflover
Zumba Fitness (Wii)
Advantages: fun to play, good workout, nice graphics
Disadvantages: Not able to tell you if moves are correct
I go to a Zumba clas at my local gym a couple of times a week, and I have done so for some time now, so when I was shown the Zumba game for the Wii, I was very interested and I decided to give it a go.
I enjoy the Zumba classes very much, so I was hoping that I would enjoy the game just as much. I love the music and the style of dancing that Zumba brings me, and if I could also recreate that fun at home, I would be even happier.
The game comes with a Zumba waist belt, which you fasted around your waist with the velcro on the straps, and this is basically where you need to store the Wii remote whilst you are dancing. There is a small remote shaped pouch on the front of the belt, where you pop in the Wii remote and this keeps it safe and secure whilst you dance around your room.
The belt is mostly black, with an edging of green. The green is a similar colour to the green you get on the Zumba logo, and this belt actually looks quite stylish. It is comfortable to wear, and it does not irritate the skin. I found it quite easy to put on and it does stay in place even when you are throwing yourself around the place to the music. It does get quite hot and sweaty underneath the belt though, which is a bit gross and probably the only downside to the belt.
The game itself is very easy to play, and once you have popped the game into the Nintendo Wii you can easily choose from a selection of songs and levels. There is a host of songs which are ready to be played from the start of the game, and each one shows you how difficult or easy it will be to play it. This is shown in a star rating system, the higher the star amounts, the harder it will be. There is also the words beginner, intermediate and expert underneath the stars to ensure you know exactly what you are letting yourself in for before you pick which song to play.
The only thing I do not like about the song selection process is the fact that you can not hear a sample of the song before you choose it, you can see the name of the song, but personally this didn't help me choose as I did not know what the songs were before I bought the game. I still don't a few of them by name, even though I have played this game many a time now. I think there should be some way to listen to the song first, like there is on many other music based computer games.
Once you have selected a song, you just pop the remote into the slot on the belt, and follow the figure on the screen. The dance moves are pretty simple and they are repetivtive, just like in normal Zumba classes, but I think some of them are a bit too simple. After you get used to the game, you get used to following the on screen figure, and it does become easier to work out the moves.
After a couple of times on each song, you do start to remember the sequence and timings of the moves and routines in the game. Even after a lot of plays on the game I still get a bit lost at times, but it is easy enough to get back into it quickly. Even if you have never done Zumba before, this can be easily picked up, and you soon learn how to play the game effectivley.
For each move you get right, you earn points into your coloured bar on the bottom of the screen. This keeps going up through the levels and adding points to your total score for each song. If you play well enough, you hit the bonus stages.
The figure on the screen is a coloured silhoutte of a woman, and she changes colours every now and then, including at times when you go up through the levels. ALso when you get to higher score levels, extra silhouttes appear in the background to make it look more like you are in a Zumba class, compared to playing it alone (or with friends) at home.
The game recognises your movements from the sensors in the Wii Remote, which you have in the belt supplied with the game. The only problem with it being like this, is that the game can not actually tell you that the moves you are doing are correct or not. It only senses when you are moving around, and we discovered that you can actually complete a song just by sitting on the sofa and shaking the Wii remote around!!
There is so much thought going into getting the game right and getting the dance moves going, you do not seem to realise that you are actually working out and burning calories. I found that time does pass quite quickly when I am playing this, and I usually end up very hot and sweaty, which is the desired effect.
It would be nicer to play this on the Xbox Kinect I think, as it would tell you if you have the moves correct or not, so you could learn to do the dances properly, as well as burning calories and losing weight. I do enjoy playing this game, and I still play it a couple of times a week in between my zumba classes at the gym. It does provide me with good fun, a good workout and a good calorie burn, but I would like to be sure I am getting the moves and routines correct, but sadly the Wii is unable to tell me this, and this is something that annoys me a little bit.
All in all this is a good game, that is good fun to play whilst working out, and it is available in many places. You can buy it in all game stores and even in places like Argos, Asda and Sainsburys. If you wish to buy it online, you can get some great deals on Amazon and Play. The game comes supplied with the belt, and I bought mine on Amazon for £25 although it does vary from place to place, so take a look around and make sure you get a great deal on it.
I give this game a 4 out of 5 stars, as I do not like the fact it can not tell me if my dance moves are correct or not, and that it is easy to cheat through the game. I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys dance games and has a Nintendo Wii.
*this review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
Summary: A good game for the Wii