Parents' Guide to

Active Life: Extreme Challenge

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kids get active doing extreme sports in less-robust sequel.

Game Nintendo Wii 2009
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Expectations were high for this title since it is a sequel to the 5-star-rated Active Life: Outdoor Challenge, one of the best video games for kids in 2008. This game isn't quite as good as the first game in the series. Unlike the first game which offered 16 unique sports, this one only has nine (but comes with variations). Also missing is the a cooperative mode and the Exercise Training mode. And some of the controls aren't all that easy.

What Active Life: Extreme Challenge does do well is get kids moving. In one of the BMX challenges, you have to run in place to get your bike to speed ahead. To jump rope, you have to jump on the mat at just the right time to correspond with the rope being swung on the screen. And rock climbing will have you kneeling in the front of the mat, while wilding hitting symbols with your hands to simulate climbing up a rock face. The Bottom Line: If you don't already own Active Life: Outdoor Challenge, buy that game instead of Active Life: Extreme Challenge. If you already own the first game, then Extreme Challenge is a fun way to breathe some life into using the Active Life Mat Controller again.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: August 11, 2009
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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