Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Common Sense Media says

Simple dancing game features fun, cute chipmunk songs.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The chipmunks are constantly goofing around and causing mischief, but they also present the message that anyone can become successful no matter how strongly the odds are stacked against them. In addition, during the course of the story, the chipmunks become stranded on an island and must work together to overcome adversity.

Positive role models

Overall, the chipmunks come across as positive role models. They teach players good moral lessons, embodying messages like it's always better to work together and anything is possible if you set your mind to it. They are also very mischievous and cause trouble wherever they go, but their positive attributes end up shining through in a much stronger way.

Ease of play

The game requires players to follow controls on the screen, in-time to the beat of a variety of songs. As long as players are able to understand the rhythm of the song, they should have no problem grasping the main gameplay mechanic. However, this becomes harder than it sounds as the songs increase in tempo and the on-screen controls become more frenetic. All in all, though, this game is designed to be widely accessible and is more about dancing along to popular songs than providing an intense challenge.

Violence & scariness

One song has the line "Said I shot a man named Gray."

Sexy stuff

The lyric "Burnin' down the one night stands" appears in one of the songs.

Language

Some of the song lyrics have flirtatious or suggestive lyrics.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, based on the movie of the same name, is a music and rhythm-matching game that requires players to perform movements to the beat of a variety of songs. This game skews a little older than the intended audience of the movie because a few of the songs contain flirtatious lyrics and there is one reference to a man being shot, though these lyrics are not overtly provocative or graphic. There are 30 songs in total and the game supports both single-player and two-player cooperative play modes. For the Xbox 360 version of this game, the Kinect motion sensor is required.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The story in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED is incidental to the dancing aspect of the game. It mirrors the story from the movie of the same name, though in limited scope and context. The story involves the chipmunks performing on a cruise when they become shipwrecked and must work together to get out of their predicament. The story is presented in images and cutscenes in between rounds of gameplay. Also in the "Story Mode," players get to mix it up by performing on a variety of different tropical islands with varied background scenery. There is also a Freeplay Mode that allows players to dance to the songs without story cutscenes.

Is it any good?

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is not for dance game fans; it is for Alvin and the Chipmunks fans. The wide selection of songs, sung by the unmistakable chipmunk voices, will please fans of that cute, unique style. However, for the most part, the dance controls come off as basic and unchallenging so aficionados of other dance titles may not find as much appeal here. In addition, the Story Mode presents the story in an insufficient way that appears more as an afterthought than a central part of the game. In short, there is a nice, varied selection of songs, and the chipmunk vocals differentiate this game from others, but players should not go into the game expecting anything more than a simple, casual dancing title.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game can be used as an exercise tool. What else can be fun and active at the same time?

  • Why are the chipmunks always causing so much mischief? Do they ever do anything that crosses the line?

  • When have you had to overcome a tough situation?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:November 15, 2011
Genre:Music
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Lyrics (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360)

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Parent Written bybossladierogers December 8, 2011
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17
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i love this games

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheVampire December 31, 2011
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5
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lot of dancing and 80's songs

this is a really fun game. featuring sum fav charactrs and endless dancing, i wuz wiped out by tthe time i wuz done. though there wern't vry many chipmunk songs i wuz familiar with. i wuld play da game in da living rm while my mom sang along 2 her fav songs while making dinner. da only things bout dis game im not excatly cool with is dat not vry many modern chipmunk songs like Hot n Cold or Vacation wrnt available and dat they're werent vry many possible combinations w/ da clothing

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old August 30, 2013
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7
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GREAT

i think it is a great movie!

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