Casper's Scare School: Spooky Sports Day



Sometimes-confusing mix of "spooky" sports.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Participating in a school sports day is presented as an enjoyable experience.

Positive role models

Winners don't gloat, but those on the 2nd and 3rd place podium spots throw themselves down on the ground in despair.

Ease of play

The controls are relatively easy and there are two difficulty levels to choose from. The directions for each mini-game appear only in written paragraph form, and can sometimes be a bit hard to follow.

Violence & scariness

No violence. In one event, you "scare" cardboard cutouts of humans.

Not applicable

The game contains characters from the animated Casper's Scare School.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Casper's Scare School: Spooky Sports Day is a collection of fake sports mini-games, all with a "spooky" twist, since they ostensibly take place at "Scare School." There's nothing genuinely scary here, though. This game is based on the Casper Scare School TV show. Despite looking and feeling like a party game, the game only supports one player. Younger kids may need some of the directions explained to them, as the written instructions aren't always clear.

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What's it about?

CASPER'S SCARE SCHOOL: SPOOKY SPORTS DAY offers ten different events, some of which are \"spooky\" takes on regular sports. For instance, while bouncing a soccer ball off of your head, you have to try to hit ghost targets. While running a race, you have to yell to \"scare\" cardboard cutouts of humans. There are others, like skateboarding, that seem pretty straightforward and are only \"creepy\" because monsters are performing the tricks.

Is it any good?


A collection of spooky sports mini-games set at a school for monsters sounds like a fun idea for a game, but Casper's Scare School: Spooky Sports Day doesn't live up to the potential offered by that concept. Most of the games aren't very exciting, and several of them are poorly explained, leaving you to figure them out as you play. It's also extremely strange to have a collection of sports mini-games that's only playable as a solo, one-person game. A little competition might have gone a long way toward making this game more fun overall.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about school field days in real life. What sports are your favorites? Do you prefer team or individual sports?

  • Characters in the game can be seen sulking or smashing their fists in frustration. How can you be a good loser in real life? What would be better behavior on the winner's platform?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Red Wagon Games
Release date:November 20, 2010
ESRB rating:E for (No descriptors)

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