Just Dance 2014 is a dancing game that sticks to a familiar formula, offering a simple, easy to pick up and play way to get your groove on to a collection of great tracks. With no button combos to remember, dual analogue sticks to master or fast reactions required, all you need to do is hold a Wii Remote in your right hand, and follow the moves of the dancer on the screen, shimmying about to a variety of well-known songs both old and new, each with their own over-the-top and silly dance routine. With little in the way of things to learn, and support for up to four dancers at once, it's the sort of game that everyone, from the young to the young at heart should be able to join in with - just make sure there's nothing breakable nearby before you start.
It's in the multiplayer that Just Dance 2014 really comes into it's own, though, with many of the dances being designed to work best with several people playing at once, often with slightly different choreographies for each player. It's all strictly competitive, with the aim of the game being to simply out-dance your family and friends in order to get the highest score, but it's also really good fun! Relying on all the high-tech gyroscopes and motion sensors packed into the Wii Remote, you'll find the game works best when you put a bit of welly into your moves - if you're too gentle or subtle you may find the game interprets your movements incorrectly, something which is worth bearing in mind if your youngsters tend to be a bit introverted, unsure or cautious. The youngest may also find the move diagrams that scroll across the screen come a bit too fast or are a tad too hard to decipher, although with zero chance of a game over they'll probably be having too much fun to care. The folks at Ubisoft do make a special child-friendly Just Dance Kids series with simpler steps and more kid-centric songs though, which may go down better with some.
As a dancing game, there's no blood, guts or swearing anywhere. Perhaps the only source of anything potentially questionable would be the lyrics in the songs, but Ubisoft have cunningly edited the songs to remove any naughty words, or even references (although we're still not sure why they chose to remove the word 'cherry' from the 'taste of her cherry chapstick' line in Katy Perry's 'I Kissed A Girl).
Even Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" has been edited down so much that it now contains very little that could be interpreted as being rude. With an entire verse removed, there are still a few lines you may not want a young child singing ("You wanna hug me? What rhymes with hug me?"), but even then, it's not the most obvious double entendre in the world.
Format Reviewed: Nintendo Wii