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Ener-G Gym Rockets

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Gymnastics game has wonky controls.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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While the graphics are good, and it is interesting to experiment with how to make your gymnast do different tricks by trying different dragging gestures, the game's controls don't work well. Even after playing through a tutorial, it is difficult to make the onscreen gymnast do what you want. Most of the time, your dragging gestures will not result in your gymnast doing the trick you want; rather, the screen will tell you, "Oops." The uneven bars is the worst, because there you are supposed to draw a circle with the stylus between each of the tricks; but frequently, the game will simply not register that the circle has been drawn and the poor gymnast will be stranded on the bar waiting for you to do something. Overall, this is a very frustrating game to play.

The concept of participating with the gymnast as she performs is a good one, but the gesture gameplay needs some honing. The trampoline minigame suffers from the same control issues, but it works better than the main events of floor exercise, vault, beam, and uneven bars. The puppet minigame is fun, because it lets you color in your own puppet and then see it animate, sort of like the game play found in Drawn to Life. The bottom line is that this is a good concept with poor execution.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: October 21, 2008
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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