Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
What parents need to know
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.
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?
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?