With its Wii Remote-wanging, stick-man following, family-friendly dancing fun, a large part of the Just Dance juggernaut's popularity is it's sheer accessibility. There's no button combos to remember, or dual analogue sticks to master - instead, all you do is hold a Wii Remote in your hand, and follow the dancer on screen, jigging about to a variety of well-known songs both old and new. Easy to pick up play it's a game that almost anyone should be able to enjoy, kids and grannies included - just make sure there's nothing breakable within arm's reach.
It's in the multiplayer, though, that Just Dance 4 really comes into its own, with many of the dance routines being specifically designed for more than one player - in fact, a few select songs allow for up to eight(?!) players at once, thanks to special hand-holding choreographies. Disappointingly, though, the multiplayer itself is pretty much entirely competitive, with the aim being to dance better than your family and friends in order to get the highest score - something which the new battle mode takes to a whole new level. In this, two songs and two teams of up to two players each battle it out to see who reigns supreme - perform moves better than your opponents and you knock a chunk off their health, with the person with the most health at the end of a section winning, causing play to switch to their song of choice instead.
This is a game that works best when you put a bit of meaning behind your moves - if you're too gentle, or subtle with your actions, the game may struggle to pick of your movements correctly. Unfortunately, this may cause a few problems if your child's a bit more introverted or unsure, as the more cautious the moves, the trickier it is for the game to tell what you're trying to do. Younger children may also find that some of the move diagrams are a bit complex, or appear too fast for them to follow - but as there's no chance for a game over, so long as they're having fun, it probably won't matter in the slightest. For the youngest players, we'd recommend taking a look at the child-specific Just Dance titles first, such as The Smurfs Dance Party, Just Dance Kids and Just Dance Disney Party, which have simpler dance steps and more kid-friendly songs.
Being a neon, cheesy dance game, Just Dance 4 has no bad language, gore or anything questionable - just a load of hilarious choreographies to popular songs both old and new. Besides, it gets them up off the sofa and active, which can never be a bad thing.
Format Reviewed: Nintendo Wii