Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Common Sense Media says

Repetitive gameplay in an unimaginative movie adaptation.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Chipmunks and their fellow singing rodents, the Chipettes, are supportive fans of one another.

Positive role models

The Chipmunks are amiable and inoffensive (unless you despise their music). They are also supportive friends.

Ease of play

The controls are pretty simple to learn, and while the difficulty ramps up quite a bit from the game's beginning to end, it happens at a gradual enough pace to allow players to catch up with it.

Violence & scariness

In one mini game, Theodore -- in a bubble -- can get "hit" by the lines on a graphic equalizer, which will make him say "Ow."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is based on the new movie of the same name, and features songs from the film.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this music rhythm game based on the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie sequel, is best enjoyed by kids who really like the soundtrack from the film. The Chipmunks' music is really all there is to the game, and anyone without that very particular musical taste will likely be bored. Parents should know, though, that if their children are big Chipmunks fans and really want to play the game, there is nothing problematic or objectionable about the content.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL, tiny trio the Chipmunks are on a world tour, performing in various cities and earning fans as they go. Their female counterparts, the Chipettes, are also on a world tour, performing in various cities in a similar manner. Each concert is played out by swinging the Wii remote and nunchuk in time to the music, while watching the Chipmunks dance on stage.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

When adapting a movie about a musical group, like Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, it makes sense to use a rhythm game format. But there's simply not enough variety in swinging the Wii controllers in different directions to the beat of each new song. The fact that the helium-voiced Chipmunks make most of their songs sound the same doesn't help either. Three mini-games -- which pop up in the middle of songs -- add a little variety, until they too become repetitive. It would help to at least see the Chipmunks doing some different dance moves to each song, but we don't. And there's a limit to how many times you can hear Alvin tell you you've  earned "an A for Awesome!" Even the story scenes that occur between tour stops feel like the same conversation over and over -- and they're depicted with still pictures, not animation. You can't help but feel that developers behind this game just didn't feel like trying very hard.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being supportive friends, even when a friend is a competitor. The Chipmunks and Chipettes get along and go to see each other's shows even while they are technically competing bands. What kind of example does that set for players?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99–$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:December 1, 2009
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 9 years old September 5, 2011
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8
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drama thriller

dumb
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent of a 6 year old Written bylsdbird September 3, 2010
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6
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not bad for 6+

A bit shocked the game was ok so yeah not bad at all.
Parent of a 8 year old Written bykarllion May 3, 2010
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8
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nice for 8

I'm a little concerned but hey not a bad game after all

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