We had already had the Nickelodeon
series of dance titles and the Just Dance Kids
series, so it should come as no surprise that another Kinect franchise has decided to create their own title for children. Publisher Majesco Entertainment has, once again, teamed up with developer Zoe Mode to create Zumba Kids
, a Kinect-required game designed to cater for gamers aged 7 to 12.
The game features over 20 dance styles that have been incorporated into routines and other activities that have been designed specifically for the target age group. The four different game modes include Quick Play, Full Class and Family Jam, the latter featuring a guest appearance from Gina Grant, the Zumba instructor who is known for her fitness program that has adapted the Zumba philosophy for young children. The four mini-games let players "go freestyle, mimic animals, freeze dance and power-up the music". While we're on the subject of music, the soundtrack features 30 songs from artists such as Justin Bieber, Willow Smith, and Ozomatli, as well as including several original Zumba titles. To encourage kids to stay motivated, a range of rewards, such as stickers, videos and buttons, can be unlocked.
Alberto Perlman, co-founder and CEO of Zumba® Fitness, had this to say about their new game:
Zumba® Kids makes exercising fun and is a step in the right direction toward combating and preventing childhood obesity. With millions of children facing weight issues around the world, we are introducing a high-energy video game to the market that we hope will help decrease the global obesity epidemic and provide kids with a new opportunity to move and get fit. It’s the perfect opportunity to replace snacking on chips and soda with something healthy and fun.
The game supports multiplayer for two players. Bear that in mind when viewing the screenshots below.Zumba Kids
is due to be released this holiday season.