A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The lyric "Burnin' down the one night stands" appears in one of the songs.
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Some of the song lyrics have flirtatious or suggestive lyrics.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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