Sweatin’ to the Newbies [Review]

March 10, 2011
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I’m not a fan of sweat. I don’t like exercising, but then who does? No, don’t answer that if you lurve exercising and can’t get enough of it. We can remain friends even if you are an exercise fiend. We’ll have to agree to differ on the “love of exercise” issue.

Is it me or is sweat just plain gross? OK. OK. I know I need to sweat to show that I am actually working out, instead of oh…I don’t know…leaning on an elliptical and shooting the breeze with someone. Not that I would ever do that. No, not me.

But, back to sweat… Last Saturday night my son was dying to play the wii with anyone. I’m not a wii player at all. I have dabbled with a couple of fitness wii games, played a shockingly bad round of Mario Cart, and even created a mii character. But, playing the wii leaves me bored.

Until Saturday evening… I had just had a shower. The reason I am mentioning this has everything to do with sweat. Read on. My son wanted to play wii with mii or should I say me. Really he needed a hot body. And by “hot body” I mean he would have played with anyone…and I just happened to be the one nearest to him. I put Michael Jackson: The Experience on.

After a few minutes of playing I WAS a hot body. I was sweating up a storm. Sweat was dripping down my neck. I needed a shower. I couldn’t get enough of the game. Did I mention I’m not a wii player? But, there I was sweating to the…can’t call them “oldies” as I will get an image of Richard Simmons that I won’t be able to shake. Let’s say “sweating to the newbies,” shall we?

Michael Jackson may be old hat to my son, but to me he was one of the first pop singers I recall listening to in the 80s. While I may have had issues with MJ’s lifestyle and his eccentric parenting style, MJ was and is a pop icon.

The Michael Jackson: The Experience game is a how-to “Dance like Michael Jackson” game. Here’s how it works…

  • You choose a song. 4 players can play.
  • You decide if you will be MJ or one of the backup dancers.
  • You start dancing.
  • The game scores your dancing. The comments are not critical like a Karaoke game. Players may see “Good” or something else on the screen. Each player is given points for each dance. Player with the most points…wins.
  • It’s a simple as that.

We danced to Billie Jean, Black and White, and one other song. On the screen you see Michael and the backup dancer doing their thing. Next to the dancer you choose to be, there is a curved line showing your progress. I was OK overall with flashes of brilliance on dances I recognized. My son was nonplussed. He asked why I was so good. I told him I lived through the 80s when Michael Jackson was on the TV and in the clubs and discos. All that dancing certainly paid off when I played Michael Jackson: The Experience!

Price: $45.96

Players: 4

Perks: Comes with a very cool and oh-so-quintessentially MJ white glove with silver sequins. Remember when MJ’s brothers each wore a single glove at his funeral? You can’t play with the glove on. The wii remove might slide off due to the slipperiness of the glove.

Negatives: Depending on the song, there’s a fair amount of crotch grabbing. I avoided all crotch grabbing myself, but my son is a stickler for details, so let’s say I was glad that a neighbor didn’t happen to walk past our window as we were dancing!

While Ubisoft provided me with this game to review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. , Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.

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3 Responses to Sweatin’ to the Newbies [Review]

  1. Heather on March 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    If only you could have included a video….;)

  2. ConnieFoggles on March 12, 2011 at 12:56 am

    My daughter in Kansas has this game. When we visited over the holidays, my 2 daughters and my son-in-law played this together. They had a blast!

  3. robin elton on March 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I have a theory that the game awards extra points for crotch grabbing, as my boys seem to tear me apart on those songs.

    I LOVE Rock Band Beatles, Just Dance, and the Michael Jackson Experience. A great bonding experience with my kids every Saturday night– it’s a standing date :)

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