I've never taken Zumba in my life, but a friend of mine bought this game for her Wii console, and so I decided to give it a try on my Xbox. I recently joined the gym a few months ago, but needed a different routine. This was a perfect alternative since I was sweating in less than 20 mins time, and getting the full benefits of an aerobic/cardio class! My Cousin and I love dancing, and we love challenges...so this game was in fact great for us! After 2 weeks, I lost 3lbs! 5x a wk, 25 mins per day. I'm going to start upping it to 1 hr a day, just to see maximum results in 6 months time!
My only gripe(s) about this game is the menu options are confusing! Definitely not menu option friendly. The instruction manual was basically useless...First time setup took over 10 mins since we had to learn all the options ourselves. Took us awhile to find out where the 'multi-player' option was, and you basically had to stay STILL when you sign in your players prior to the classes, or else the Kinect sensor will sign you off, AND start signing in multiple guests. Xbox needs to fix that problem, because it seems the sensor is quite 'sensitive' The other gripe was the game doesn't tell you how to correct the steps when you're doing it wrong. We basically figured it out through trial and error....(Green meaning you executed the move right, yellow is within borderline ok, and red is you're just off)
Since I really enjoyed Zumba and the routines, I'm willing to overlook the horrible menu. You have to like dancing, and have rhythm in order to like this game, or else it might be too advanced for some people. The only tip I can somewhat give is if you find the classes hard, try redoing the tutorials over and over in order to get the steps down pat.
yes: I recommend this product