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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cheer We Go is a simple to play, upbeat rhythm-based cheerleading game where the player takes the part of a cheerleader and works her way up from simple routines to the state championship. Positive roles and attitudes are expressed and reinforced using the milieu of sports and cheerleading.
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What's it about?
In CHEER WE Go, you create a customized avatar who returns to Star Hill school and finds that it has changed. The school is in a slump and the sports teams have lost their spirit. You find that the girl you used to look up to is still there as the Captain of the cheerleading team and it's up to you to revive the cheerleading squad and bring back spirit to Star Hill. The game has two modes: a story mode and a dance mode. It can be played either by playing the dance modes first to practice the dances before entering the story mode, or the player can play through the story mode and then replay the dances if they wish. Cheer moves are made by tapping the screen, drawing lines as shown on the screens, and flicking the screen to make jump moves. You are scored on accuracy and timing.
Is it any good?
Cheer We Go is unrelentingly upbeat, cheerful, and positive, but it does it in such a way as not to make it overt and cloying. The game uses humor to allow the characters to play off one another. The player is a disorganized, not so studious girl, who has plenty of energy, heart, and verve for cheerleading. The coach is a former star athlete side-lined by injury; and the captain of the cheer team is an experienced cheerleader, but she is emotional and easily distracted by a rival squad and a former best friend. A third cheerleader that joins the team is the brainy one that practically lives in the science lab.
There are 21 chapters or episodes in the story with the dance routines getting progressively harder. The story is a good one where the cheerleaders overcome difficulties and help the school to regain its school spirit through their cheering. Completion of each dance routine with a C or pass grade will let you progress and if you fail, you do get another chance. The better you score, the more coins you earn to spend in the store on clothing and accessories.
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