Saturday, July 17, 2010

JumpStart: Get Moving Family Fitness Wii Game Review

Both of my kids are huge fans of the JumpStart brand. They have been for over 4 years now.

When Alex was little, we played computer software games. As he grew, he loved his JumpStart program so much we wore out the disk! Now that Abbie is at about that same age, she's also learning to love JumpStart. We've reviewed the online JumpStart program last year, and since then, they've been even more hooked. I love that they play it, and (most of the time) have no idea that it's educational!

Needless to say, when I was given the opportunity to review the brand new JumpStart: Get Moving Family Fitness for the Wii, I jumped at the chance.

Hosted by fitness expert Brooke Burke, JumpStart Get Moving Family Fitness is a great way to have fun and get your blood pumping! Kids can set up their own Jumpees, just like in the online version, and they play their way through sports and obstacles. Alex's favorite is none other than baseball, but Abbie loves the foot races!!

It's so fun to watch them work together, and independantly on the tasks, and I love participating with them. If you're kids are familiar with, then they should love this game. If you've never been to, run, don't walk over there and let your child try out their online world, absolutely free. If they love what they see, then definitely check out this game!

Now, from a reviewers standpoint, there were a few things that I wish they would have done a little bit better. The graphics online are so fun, and although the background picture changed during the Wii game, it wasn't overly exciting. The kids had fun, but they are 4 and 7.. My son who gets easily bored enjoyed playing it, but mentioned that baseball is also on the Wii Sports. I think what he liked most was that his Jumpee looked like the same Jumpee he plays with online. It is not a die-hard exercise game, but it does make you move (like many Wii games on the market). You also have to make sure your calibration is dead-on with this game, as the first time we tried to play, the placement of our sensor was not working with the game. I have no idea if this was just us and our Wii, or if this might be something they need to fix. The kids do prefer the online JumpStart game versus this one, but I think it may be because there have been recent changes to the program. As a mom, I wish they incorporated more educational material into this game. After all, that is one of the things I love the most about the online game.

In my honest opinion, I do believe that this game is a fun game if your kids like the online JumpStart program. So check it out: and let the learning begin.

Special thanks to our friends at JumpStart for allowing us to review this game in exchange for our honest opinions on this game.



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