Just Dance 2015: A workout and fun all in one!

Here it is: One final holiday gift idea! This one's the most fun of all... and it's one that will please all (well, most) ages. 

When my grandsons visited a few months ago, their favorite thing to do was play Just Dance 2014 on the Wii. I truly cannot wait to share with them Just Dance 2015, for it includes even more songs they will get a kick (and strut and boogie) out of than the version they played again and again while at my house!

Just Dance 2015

I received Just Dance 2015 free for review just the other day, and I immediately hit the dance floor. It was too chilly outside to walk my dogs — my daily exercise — so I figured I'd burn calories while checking out the newest version of my favorite (and my grandsons' favorite) dance game.

I'm happy to report I burned more than a few calories. Mostly because I couldn't help but go through several songs right away. The song list on Just Dance 2015 has far more tunes boomers will appreciate, I think. I certainly did. And for the youngsters, like my grandsons (ages 3 and 6), there are several songs I just know they're going to love when I bring the game on my next visit to see them.

Take a look at the songs featured in Just Dance 2015:


My favorites so far, for either myself or my grandsons, are:

Happy (:14 in the video above)

Walk This Way (:54)

Let It Go (:59)

Don't Worry Be Happy (1:21)

Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1:34)

Only You (And You Alone) (2:05)

Mhana Mhana (3:04) 

There are so many more I've yet to try. Through the cold months ahead, I'll be dancing the calories away more often than burning them by walking my dogs, I'm sure.

If you've never played Just Dance and wonder how the game could be a workout, here's an example of how even a slower song like Let It Go can get your heart pumping. Holding on to the game controller, you simply follow along with the dancers as they do this:

See? A workout and fun all in one! And that is one of the slow-paced ones. Believe me, there are far faster (and fun!) ones.

There are a few changes to Just Dance 2015 over Just Dance 2014 that I like. First off, there's all those songs boomers and youngsters will both enjoy, making it tons of fun for grandparents and grandkids to play together. Especially fun for grandkids — and those motivated by earning stickers (which I admit I am) — is that stickers are earned quickly. New avatars are unlocked quickly, too.

Plus, players no longer need to choose the "Just Sweat" option to count calories burned; it displays the count regardless of mode. Another fun new feature: the Community Remix, wherein you dance along with real people on the screen (not live) rather than the animated dancers. 

Just Dance 2015 from Ubisoft is rated E10+ (for Everyone 10+... though my far younger grandsons will enjoy dancing to the songs appropriate for their ages) and is available for Wii, WiiU, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox One, and XBox 360 platforms. The game has a suggested price of $49.99 and can be purchased from a variety of retailers, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, GameStop, and Microsoft.

For more information, visit the Just Dance 2015 website.

Disclosure: I received this product free for review; opinions and anecdotes are my own.