Published on January 31st, 2011 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor
Zumba Fitness (KINECT) Review
Release Date: November, 2011
ESRB Rating: E
Publisher: Majesco Entertainment
Developer: Majesco Entertainment
Genre: Dance / Fitness
Platforms: XBox 360, PS3, Wii
I’m not one for different workout games. Never was a huge fan of Wii Fit, although it was innovative and spawned a lot of “crap” for the Wii, but now with the inclusion of Playstation Move and Xbox 360 Kinect it’s clear that the other two consoles are going to see similar crap released to its platform as well. So looking at the list of Kinect enabled games, “Biggest Looser”, “Your Shape Fitness” and “Zumba Fitness” I chose the game that showed the most promise. Zumba fitness is just what you would expect from a Zumba fitness routine that you would get from an aerobics center. I tried the Wii version and the 360 version and I have to say that I felt more connected to the program using Kinect due to the fact that I didn’t feel constrained by holding a controller, or having one tied to my leg using the cheap leg strap the game is packed with. Zumba is engaging and is a fitness game to the max. There is one question to ask. Does it stand the test of time?
I’ve read some forum posts in the past of people stating that Zumba is not a gamers game. Neither Core, or Hardcore gamers will find interest in a title like this. Correction. Open minded people that are looking for a fitness program that they can utilize instead of paying $50 a month to see an instructor who will take them through Zumba classes weekly, will find good use for this title. You can see a sorry example of what I mean below. . . .
( This is Deeply Disturbing )
I believe those forum posters have got the wrong idea about Zumba Fitness. This game was not intended for you. This game was intended for parents, grand parents, and overall fitness seeking people that are looking for a solid workout from the comfort of their own homes. Not only will you loose weight playing this game regularly, but you will have some fun doing it as well.
Zumba features a slew of Latin mix downs and instruction from Tanya, Gina, and Zumba Creator, Beto. It would have been nice to see a little bit more instruction during the practice modes, but theon-screen movements are clear and can be mimicked very easily. Trust me, if I can do it, anybody can. The tempo is very fast, so be sure you are well hydrated (learn from my own personal mistake). The routines are constantly switching up and will always keep you engaged with something new every time. There are three different difficulty modes for you to choose from. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. There is also a practice mode that will teach you (some what) the steps needed for the routines you choose to play. The routines are timed base so choose the workout that best suits you.
Zumba does feature a four player multiplayer allowing more than one person to join in on the dance routines. The downfall to this is you are going to need an awful lot of room. The moves themselves will have you all over the place. You are going to need plenty of room for multiple players to participate. There is also online functionality (which does work much better). Join up with a friend over XBox Live and do a fitness routine together in real time. The game is color coded so you know whether you hit the correct move or not. Green means your are performing well, Orange or Red means…well the opposite.
To complain about graphics here is like calling a mentally challenged kid for a double dribble foul in a basketball game. You can’t bring yourself to do it. If you do and can, you are just cold hearted. The only major problem with the Kinect version of Zumba is the menu system is a complete mess. Yes your options are there, but like some other Kinect titles, navigating the menus is a chore in itself. Zumba is painful to navigate, but once you are in the game, there isn’t much else you need to do. To pause the routine, hold your left hand out until the pause menu appears. You can then walk away from the Kinect sensor at that time.
(Multiplayer works very well)
The Final Truth:
Zumba is a very good fitness game. Forget about what you heard about Wii Fit, The Biggest Looser or Jillian Michaels but Zumba is a unique interactive way to loose weight without having to head over to a gym. Dance to some of Latins hottest music in a very fast paced way. Leave yourself plenty of room, drink plenty of water and let yourself go. The routines do work and think of Zumba as a serious exercise program that you can play anytime you wish from the comfort of your living room. Don’t look at this like a “gamers game” because it is not directed toward that audience. This is directed to the serious exercise enthusiasts that are looking to loose weight in video game form. If you want shooters, stick to Call of Duty because this isn’t for you.
[xrr label=”Rating: 7.5/10″ rating=7.5/10]
+ Fast Paced Dancing
+ Accurate reading from Kinect
+ Tough and challenging routines
– Horrible Menu System
– Unclear instructions