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Zumba Fitness World Party (Xbox360) Review

 
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Formats: Xbox360 (Kienct required), Wii, WiiU, XboxOne
 
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Fast paced and fun, with a variety of songs to keep things fresh.

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Fun the songs and dances may be, but make no mistake - this is a tough workout that will leave you gasping.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Zumba Fitness World Party is a great choice for gamers looking to get that “healthier me” resolution off the ground. With tons of songs to choose from in a variety of styles, you won’t get easily bored with the same old routines. The World Tour elements use traditional gaming hooks like collections and unlockable songs to keep you coming back for that perfect score. Its fast paced, hard work, and genuinely fun.

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Posted January 2, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

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It’s the new year (already?!?), and time once again for a host of New Year’s resolutions – many of which will involve getting healthier and getting fit. But, you know – that’s not as easily said as done. Gym memberships are expensive for one thing (and that’s not even counting workout gear and transportation to get there), and many of us aren’t all that comfortable working out with a bunch of strangers. Besides – who has the time? If only there were a way to squeeze in some workouts at home without being stuck with the same old boring videos, day after day.

Zumba Fitness World Party may be just the game for you. Now, I’ve reviewed a few workout games in my time, and to be honest – a lot of them are really repetitive, and not all that much fun. After a few days of doing the same old thing, a lot of us will lose that motivation needed to keep going with any workout regimen. The thing I really liked about Zumba Fitness World Party is that is actually uses the video game aspect of it in a more traditional way. In addition to offering a ton of different workouts in different styles, this game has players collecting items and unlocking new elements – giving it that hook that will keep competitive gamers going for the prize.

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If you’re unfamiliar with Zumba, it’s a workout style that typically uses high energy dance routines in a variety of styles, combined with elements of martial arts and aerobics, to give a great workout that ends up being a lot of fun. With roots in Columbia, you’ll see a lot of Latin music used, but popular songs have their place as well. With Zumba Fitness World Party, they’ve taken this global influence and made it the focus of the game.

The main mode is called World Tour, and here is where you take your Zumba to another level. Basically, you’ll be traveling around to various locations around the world – Brazil, Los Angeles, India, Europe, and so forth. Each location starts with a short video entry about it (love culture elements), and then you start in on a Zumba playlist that fits the area you are visiting. In Hawaii, you’ll hear traditional music and lay down a sweet Hula. It’s a little slower paced than some of the other locations (in true Hawaiian style), but a fabulous workout nonetheless. As you dance along with the characters onscreen, the Kinect sensor tracks your movements and awards you based on accuracy.

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The world tour consists of traveling to all the locations, playing through the playlists of that country’s songs. When you begin, some of the songs are locked – you’ll need to collect Zumba miles to unlock the full list. You’ll also collect a variety of souvenirs from each “vacation”, including items like coffee mugs and postcards. It’s a neat touch for those of us who like a little extra motivation.

If you don’t want to jump right in to the World Party, you can take on a class. These are available in short, mid-length, full, and custom, ensuring that you get the workout that’s right for you. If you want to just choose random songs and dance along, you can do that too. Quick Play lets you cycle through all the songs and choose whichever you like. There are forty different songs to choose from, in a variety of styles. You’ll find everything from Lady Gaga and Pitbull, to Ziggy Marley and Marc Anthony, to traditional Bollywood. It’s a nice selection that keeps things fresh (and might just help you find some new favorite tunes).

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Zumba Fitness World Party is a great choice for gamers looking to get that “healthier me” resolution off the ground. With tons of songs to choose from in a variety of styles, you won’t get easily bored with the same old routines. The World Tour elements use traditional gaming hooks like collections and unlockable songs to keep you coming back for that perfect score. Its fast paced, hard work, and genuinely fun.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)