I like to work out at home, I like an opportunity to pry the Wii-motes out of my children’s clutches, and I love to dance. Wait, that sounded like SJP in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and what I am going for here is more In Living Color Fly Girl.
Because this is a review for the latest in the Just Dance series, The Hip Hop Dance Experience. Although other dance games may feature some hip hop songs and moves, every track and choreographed step in this game is hip hop all the way.
The skinny — pun intended — is this game is the best work out I have yet found in the dance game genre. My heart rate is kept up the entire time, and all of my “teeny tiny muscles,” as Tracy Anderson is always going on about, are constantly engaged. The dance moves are complicated enough to keep my mind off the clock so that I can dance full-out for a good hour. Note to parents: These songs are not as Kidz-Bopified as the traditional Just Dance series, meaning they are all the radio edit versions, but the lyrics may not pass your mom-o-meter.
If you are looking for cutting edge music, this is not the game for you. Although the song selections are great quality beats, they are dated. Some are Top 40 hits from the past couple years, some qualify as vintage and top-shelf old school, but others are just dusty. For instance, I personally tend to skip over the songs by Chris Brown and R. Kelly, jam out to ones by new favorites B.o.B., Pitbull, Drake and Rihanna, and have fun with old favorites like Q. Tip, New Edition, Da Brat and TLC.
Bottom line — again with a body pun! — The Hip Hop Dance Experience by UbiSoft delivers a serious hip hop dance work out whenever you want, no drive to a gym required.
Disclosure: As a Clever Girls Collective #UbiChamps member, I received the game for review but no other compensation was received. My kids and I enjoy being “game testers” for fun and hope that you all personally benefit from our reviews.