Review: JumpStart Get Moving

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If you’ve hung around here for awhile, you know that I’ve reviewed lots of JumpStart products. That’s because we love them, so I always jump at the chance to do reviews for them.  This time was no exception, especially when I learned it was another Wii game — and, even better, a family fitness game!

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JumpStart’s latest Wii title, Get Moving: Family Fitness, is completely different from any JumpStart game you’ve seen before.  Released June 15, this latest JumpStart game is all about getting kids and families active.  Featuring fitness expert and celebrity mom, Brooke Burke, Get Moving will do just that — get the whole family moving as you enjoy activities such as:

  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Volleyball
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Racing
  • Step Aerobics

The first thing you’ll do when you play Get Moving: Family Fitness, is create your Jumpee, which you may recognize from JumpStart’s online game (if not, think: a Mii with arms and legs).  You can customize everything about your Jumpee from hair and eye color to right- or left-handedness and Balance Board preferences.

Something that you may notice missing from this JumpStart Wii title are Frankie and his friends.  While your younger kids may miss their familiar JumpStart pals, I think this makes this Wii title a bit more appealing for older kids — like my crew of 8-, 10- and 14-year-olds.

Like many JumpStart titles, though, you have fun choices for locale for your adventure.  You can choose to play in Egypt, under the sea, on a farm, or a variety of other locations — or even select random and let the game choose for you.

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To play the games in Get Moving, you’ll need Wii controllers, nunchucks, and a Wii Balance Board.  The Balance Board, though compatible with most of the games, is only required for one — step aerobics. 

You can do drills — such as catching a baseball and tossing it to first base or serving a volleyball — or you can choose to do routines,  which allow you to do five drills in a row without taking a break.  Routines are great for burning calories, and Get Moving: Family Fitness will tell you how many calories you’ve burned, if you’re interested.

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Each drill or routine has three levels of difficulty: easy, medium, and hard.  While I thought medium was pretty easy on most games (which is good, because everyone in the family can truly enjoy the games), hard was, well, pretty hard, so there is some challenge for older kids and adults.

While most of the movements were pretty intuitive, we did have a little trouble getting the expected response on a couple of drills.  I’m not sure if that was our Wii remotes (could be time to recharge the batteries) or the basic responsiveness of the game.  Either way, it wasn’t a problem in all the drills, just a few.

We really enjoyed Get Moving.  The day it arrived, Megan snatched it out of my hand and ran off to play.  It was a while before I saw her again.  The games can be played by one or two players and make a great way to burn off a little excess summer break energy.

Available at most major retailers for $29.99, Get Moving: Family Fitness is rated rated E for Everyone with Comic Mischief by the ESRB.  I guess that’s for when you hit your fellow player in the back of the head with the basketball instead of tossing it to the player waiting to catch it.  Ask me how I know that.  😉

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.  Your experience may vary.

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54 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for letting us know this is available. We love our WII and Jumpstart has always been a family favorite. So there is no way you can loose when they team up. This will be a wonderful way to get the kids off the couch on rainy days when we can't get in the pool.

  2. I like to get fit with my kids by running after them while they bike! I think next year, I'll have to get a bike too, they are getting too fast for me.

  3. Sounds like a great game. We get active here in the summer by hitting the Y for swimming. We also love bike riding, too. And on those rainy days – Wii Fit Plus makes a fun appearance.

    Thanks!
    Kim

  4. Getting active with my kids is something we struggle with! We go for walks and they enjoy riding their bikes. This new game sounds like a ton of fun!

  5. My kids like to play in the backyard and we like to take walks as a family. But we especially like to play Wii sports and Wii fit. πŸ™‚

  6. We like to get active by taking a walk or a hike together. We have a woods across the street from us and have a great time trekking though the woods.

  7. Our favorite way to get active is geocaching. We love to search for the ones in the woods and local parks the most, the city works just as well; but not near as fun.

  8. Oh, we need this! My MIL got us a wii for Christmas, but we still only have the two games it came with. Boring! This one looks like the whole family would like it!

    Our favorite way to get moving, although we don't do it often enough (especially when it's 300 degrees outside like right now!) is to go on a walk/hike and maybe have a picnic, too!

  9. What a great giveaway! Lately we've been trying to get the kids out on their bikes alot. I'm a runner so I'll often start or finish my run with one of them as well.

    email nieboer(at)shaw(dot)ca

  10. The way we get active is getting outside. We have a nice size yard, so the kids have room to run around. They make up their own games! I personally get active with Wii Fitness Plus and gardening.

  11. That looks so cool!!! To stay healthy, we as a family like to go for bike rides. Although we end up at the ice cream parlor on our way home most of the time. πŸ™‚ Kinda defeates the purpose, right? πŸ™‚

  12. Our family enjoys time at the park playing soccer and just simply running around. These Wii games soun like the perfect way to have some sports fun indoors! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    ifsteacher (at) yahoo (dot) ca

  13. What a great giveaway! We have Wii Sports here and it's fun! We really enjoy tennis- our arms are not used to that motion often and it wears us out. We love to take walks too
    I would love to receive this to help us with staying active- and we love the Wii πŸ˜‰
    nort[email protected]

    I'm going to put this on my blog as well and on Facebook.
    https://www.nortlaurelhome.blogspot.com
    And I'm a friend of yours on Facebook πŸ˜‰

  14. What a great giveaway! I've not heard about Jumpstart yet! This would be perfect for us! Please put my name in the hat πŸ™‚

    We love picking some fun music and dancing around in the living room together. It's great listening to different eras/styles of music & dancing with the kids!

  15. I love to ride bikes with my kids. Another fun thing that we do that also takes me back to my youth is play tag! πŸ™‚

    logan 4301 at yahoo dot com

  16. Walking at the park! We are fortunate to live in an area with three wonderful parks within just a few miles of our home. :0)

    chandlerr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Thanks!

  17. Our favorite way to get active as a family is to play "knock out". The whole family plays (ages 7-50) and it is fast paced and competitive. We form a line in front of the basketball hoop. Player 1 and 2 have basketballs. Player one throws and then player two. If player two makes a basket first, player one is out- the balls get passed down the line and play continues. The one who does not get "knocked out" wins. πŸ™‚

  18. Thanks for the great giveaway! This looks like a fun option for being active on rainy days (of which we've had way too many lately). I've found that just being outside with my kids motivates them to be active. We especially love variations on "the neighborhood walk" (scavenger hunt, physical challenges, etc).

  19. Our family likes to camp, bike, swim at the lake and anything that combines all of those is an even better 'favorite'.

  20. Please enter me in the drawing as well! I love working out with my Wii and this sounds like another fun little thing to try.

  21. My son is still pretty small, but we love staying active by spending lots of time outdoors. He just loves to run around the yard, and we take walks with the stroller.

  22. Our family summer favorite for everyone is swimming. In the winter or cooler months, we do play Wii Fit games together.

  23. Does my sitting on the bleachers while they play soccer/basketball/football count as being active together? πŸ˜‰ We did go swimming today so that counts! πŸ™‚

  24. This looks really great! Beside letting them jump on the sofa, we go outside and play monkey in the middle with a frizby, or footbal.

  25. We love our Wii and regularly have tournaments just with our family! lol As a family we go on bike rides to get to soccer practices. We also do yard work all together. Sometimes we just chase them around the house in a game of tag!

  26. We love going on nature walks in the spring and summer, and all the basic stuff like parks and playgrounds. And during the winter we Do Wii Fit and mall walk(it's very cold in Winnipeg) It would be nice to have a new fitness game.

  27. I like to get fit with my kids by going for walks in our field. We also play Wii sports! We use our Wii a lot to workout in the Winter months too. Our BIG thing we'll do doing to get fit together is going to Summer Camp for 7 days in July! I'll be the Camp Nurse (so my kids get to go to camp for free πŸ˜‰ and together we'll be rock climbing, swimming, boating, hiking etc!

  28. Thanks for telling us all about this great new game! We love our Wii games!! Our favorite way to get busy is to go to the park where we can throw a baseball with our oldest and swing or slide with our youngest! Thanks again!

    Kristi

  29. We love to hop in the pool…but I usually end up sitting around watching them play.

    I really need to play more!

  30. shhhh!- my secret is dancing while I fold clothes. And if the song is a good one (like Carwash or Le Freak, Hanging Tough, etc) my 7 yr old will ask for a "Dance Break" from his schoolwork so he can dance to it!

  31. Our get-fit routine needs help! So this would be an awesome prize to win. Usually, all we do is walk around the neighborhood, slowly, stopping to chat with neighbors along the way.

  32. What a great looking game. I try and keep fit by power walking/running after my 3 of my older girls while pushing the younger to girls in the stroller.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  33. Does playing Wii with my kids count as an activity?? πŸ™‚ The kids love our other jumpstart games, so this looks great!

    Jolanthe

  34. We love to play Wii for exercise when it is too hot outside to play. My kids would LOVE this. We also like to walk outside, swim, ride bikes and play baseball in the yard. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

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