All Star Cheer Squad

Common Sense Media says

The best cheerleading game, can use Wii Balance Board.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a game in which you join a cheerleading squad as the newest and least experienced member of the squad. Cheerleader customization includes gender, color, and features,so that you can be any gender and race. The game encourages the use of makeup, since players control the kind of makeup that the cheerleaders wear.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language

There are some mildly suggestive song lyrics, such as "Shakin that booty in the VIP-ma," but the game retains an "E" rating.

Consumerism
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this a game about participating and competing in the sport of Cheer. This game combines traditional cheerleading moves with dance, gymnastics, and squad-based teamwork in a rhythm-based game. The game works best with wireless versions of the Wii remote and nunchuk as this will allow full extension and movement. Players also have the option of using the Wii balance board. Players will hear mildly suggestive lyrics in some songs.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

ALL STAR CHEER SQUAD for the Wii is a aerobic game which teaches the player traditional cheerleading moves and combines it with dance, gymnastics, and squad-based teamwork to create a fun, challenging game. The Fox cheerleading squad is short a member when one of their cheerleaders suffers an ankle injury. Fresh out of Cheer Camp, you are ready for action and join the squad. As a rhythm-based game, icons of how to position the remote and nunchuk move across the screen from right to left along a \"cheer line.\" The object of the game is to mimic the positions as they enter a \"hit area\" marked by a circle and star. Like other games of the genre, if you match the required movements at the right time, you score the most possible points.

Players start off by creating and naming an avatar, choosing gender, skin tone, facial features, outfits, and even make-up. Then you are taken through practice sessions where voice-over as well as text instructions are provided, teaching you new movements. Practice sessions can be played repeatedly until a pass grade of a C is earned to unlock new cheer moves. Players then move on to challenges and competitions, including a \"versus\" game mode where players attack, charge, and defend their cheer line using cheer movements.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

To get the best out of this game, you will have to invest in the wireless version of the Wii nunchuk as this will allow you to do full extensions and instead of being limited by the cord joining the Wii remote to the nunchuk. In order to get the game to register moves, it is best to perform sharp, swift movements. This game allows kids to experience what it is like to be on a cheer squad, as it teaches you virtually all the moves of cheerleading. The only thing missing are the actual Pom-Poms.

The game is more challenging if you add in the optional Wii balance board, but players will need to remember not to jump on a Wii balance board. This game requires players to make precise dance and cheer moves to music and in rhythm. Although only one balance board can be employed at a time, the game supports up to four players playing on one TV (three players on the floor, one with a balance board). With solo play, squad play, competitive challenges, and the ability to choreograph your own routines, this game is definitely one of the top of its genre.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why cheerleading is traditionally viewed as a female pursuit. What do the boys do in a cheerleading squad? Do they do the same things as girls? What are gender differences? Who lifts whom and why? Has cheer always been considered a sport? What was the effect of Title IX on cheerleading?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:October 28, 2008
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Mild Lyrics (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 15 years old Written bypoundcake March 4, 2011
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8
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a little confusing

i kind of like this game, but i'm at a very difficult level that i can't understand. There's a part in the game that someone in your team steals the other team's spirit stick and u have to get back to their dorm without being seen. There are no instructions and one time i didn't even get seen, but it still made me go all the way back to the beginning. I'm an all-star cheerleader, and i'm really disappointed that they don't let us do running tumbling, but only standing tumbling. Pretty good, but would've been better if they gave more instructions.
Kid, 11 years old May 28, 2010
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8
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Great for kids and tweens

I love this game! There's nothing wrong with it at all. Though there is some mild flirting with JT and your character nothing is sexual and theres no kissing. I've played it many times. Some mild lyrics too. Buy this for your kids, It is an amazing age appropriate fun game.
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old March 18, 2009
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7
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Fun Times

it is pretty distracting but its pretty good.

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