A Parent’s Guide to Hip Hop Battle (App/Game)

Hip Hop Battle – Girls vs. Boys Dance Clash by Coco play by Tabtable
Type: Dance, Dress Up, Music

Basic Idea: The player is a girl or boy competing in dance battles with people of the opposite gender.

Quality

Game Play: 3½/5 Above Average: I feel like this was an extremely elaborate, back street style accessory game. While it does feature some practice tap memorization style playing, it focuses mainly on clothing, make up, spa, and customizing dance accessories. Picking the right ones can result in a better score when one performs.

Graphics: 3½/5 Above Average: The graphics are smooth 3-D ones that are common on  online computer games and girly apps. Detail is satisfactory, though there is nothing too special about it.

Music: 2/5 Below Average: The music is common street music that can be heard in the city or on the radio.

Overall: 3/5 Average: I feel like the game is really just a hip-hop style dress up game disguised as a dance competition game, as there is little to do with actual dancing and a lot to do with dressing up a character in a cool manner.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1½/5 Suggestive Clothing: When healing, the girl is shown in a towel and cutoff. Girls show their shoulders and midriffs and wear shorts. Girls wear see through shirts that show their bra.

Violence: 0/5 None

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: ½/5 Slightly Disturbing: The player can get healed, which requires tending to bruises, a headache, and broken ribs as well as getting a shot. There is no clear blood, but cotton swabs are red after use.

Religious Issues: 0/5 None

Magic: 0/5 None

Others: The game revolves around hip hop style dance competitions. Characters can get their noses pierced and tattoos. Music played has a strong beat. Boys can have long hair and girls pixi cuts. Boys wear necklaces.

Overall: 1/5 All Ages Appropriate: Personally, I feel like the game glorifies immodest dress and the back street culture to very young children. While the game obviously does not get into any of the negative aspects common of that type of life style, such as the crude, derogatory music and common abuse of drugs and alcohol, it makes the clothing, music, and hobbies (including graffiti, by letting children pick what graffiti they want as a decoration) of those kinds of people look fun and normal. Also, I’m personally not a huge fan of boy vs. girl games, as I think that breeds an unhealthy relationship between the genders, but that is more personal opinion than anything. While I don’t recommend the game, if a person still wanted to play it, I would recommend it for children six and older.

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