Go Play Circus Star

 
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Step right up, folks, to a fun but creepy big-top game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game shows that if you work hard, you can become successful at what you do, in this case, circus stardom.

Positive role models

All of the playable characters, though quirky, are nose to the grindstone types who want to get things done. The circus barker, though, can be a little grating and occasioanally insulting.

Ease of play

These minigames hit the right balance: they aren't too easy but not too hard either.

Violence

In the knife-throwing mini game, you sometimes hit a scarecrow instead of balloons. His stuffing comes out when you hit. Tigers may pounce on you in the tiger-taming mini game. No blood is displayed.

Sex

You'll see some jiggling of partially covered breasts and some tight circus outfits as well.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this circus-themed compilation of minigames is equally fun when using the Wii remote or the Wii balance board. The characters can be a little quirky and even creepy, but nothing that'll scare the targeted audiance of anyone who's 10 years old or older.

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What's it about?

There have been so many bad or clone collections of minigames for the Wii. But GO PLAY CIRCUS STAR bucks the trend by serving up a generally compelling bunch of minigames that let you feel some of the tantalising excitement of being a performer under the big top. Here, you'll do everything from avoiding pie-throwing monkeys to flying through the air like a human cannonball to walking a circus tightrope. You'll use the Wii remote or the balance board to, say, balance on a tightrope, even when the wind tries to blow you off.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This circus game isn't perfect since the graphics are sometimes muddy and jaggy, and the syncing of characters' lips with audio is almost always off. However, it does an admirable job of giving you a true circus experience, perhaps due to some savvy use of the Wii balance board. But even if you don't have the balance board, you be submersed in a world of crazy games where you yearn for audience approval as you climb up the ranks to worldwide fame.

Families can talk about...

  • Do you like using the balance board or the Wii remote better? Why?

  • Which of the games do you find most challenging and why?

  • Is playing on the Wii more fun alone or with others?

  • Did you find moving up the ranks from tent to stadium enjoyable or did you like playing to the crowds in the tent better? Why?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:June 23, 2009
Genre:Mini-games
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo Wii)

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