A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
As this is a sports game, it conveys the message that going out and being active is fun and worthwhile. The selection of sports shows that there are sports for any occasion whether it's going to a bowling alley, playing tennis, or competing in a good-natured snowball fight. This game also supports multiplayer gaming, encouraging players to get together with friends and play.
Positive Role Models
While there is no real storyline, all of the characters are depicted as friendly and show good sportsmanship.
Ease of Play
Most of the mini-games use intuitive, accessible controls. The snowmobile racing game is the most challenging, as it is difficult to maneuver the vehicle around sharp turns. For the most part, though, the games are designed to let players have fun and not to frustrate them.
Violence & Scariness
One of the sports games is a snowball fight, which encourages players to pelt one another, but this is presented in a cartoon-like fashion and in the spirit of fun instead of violence. There is also a sumo wrestling mini-game which includes "dizzy stars" when competitors are hit.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deca Sports Extreme is a compilation of sports mini-games, including soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey, and bowling. There are also a few more unique options like a blowgun competition, sumo wrestling, a snowball fight, and snowmobile racing. In the spirit of each sporting game, it is possible and sometimes encouraged for players to inflict damage on an opponent. The snowball fight and sumo wrestling games are the two strongest examples of this. However, this game has a cartoon aesthetic and any violence that is presented is done in the context of a good-natured sporting event.
Is It Any Good?
Deca Sports Freedom hits all the right notes. It has a nice, wide selection of mini-games, everything is presented in a bright and fun cartoon aesthetic, and there are flourishes to make this title unique from other sports compilations. For example, the inclusion of "power balls" adds an interesting and exciting dynamic to the experience of each of the 10 mini-games. The graphics don't take full advantage of the 3DS's hardware and the 3D effects are somewhat muted, but in terms of the gameplay experience itself, anyone from a hardcore sports enthusiast to the casual, inexperienced gamer will find something to enjoy here.
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