Cheer We Go

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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Positive messages fill this story-driven rhythm game.

Parents say

age 17+
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age 17+
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This game teaches kids to overcome differences and difficulties, and shows them that it's the positive attitude and doing your best that counts in games.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The protagonists and their nemesis all learn to overcome their weaknesses and work together to be winners.

Ease of Play

If you can read, and follow simple instructions, you can play this game, although a few of the mini-games may take a little logical thinking to work out so that parents of younger kids may have to help out.

Violence & Scariness
Language
Consumerism

There isn't any product name dropping, but the player is reminded after each stage of the game that there are new things in the shop to buy.

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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Teen, 15 years old Written bypoundcake March 4, 2011

this is not cheerleading

look, i'm sick of people thinking cheerleaders are girls who shake pom-poms at ball games. WE ARE NOT!!!! REAL CHEERLEADERS GO TO COMPETITIONS REGIONALLY,... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sportsmanship and attitude.  Why does attitude count so much in sports?  Is talent enough? Why does practice help?

  • Families can also talk about time spent on playing computer games as opposed to actually playing physical games.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Natsume
  • Release date: March 23, 2010
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)

For kids who love games about girls

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