Grease

Common Sense Media says

Short movie-based game with romantic themes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The high-school students act in inappropriate ways, from racing cars to cheating during sports events.

Positive role models

This game emulates high-school relationships. It is generally a light-hearted romp that pokes fun at stereotypical "bad boys" and "bad girls," including behaviors such as illegal street racing and being part of a gang.

Ease of play

Onscreen instructions are provided for each mini-game which are important to read, since some activities can be confusing. The games are scored, but there is no minimum score needed to advance in the story mode.

Violence

There is competition between characters that involves pushing, wrestling, hitting another player with a basketball and cars crashing into one another. No one is hurt in these escapades, and the point is to gain the upper hand in the competitions. There is no blood spilled and no damage to characters.

Sex

This game focuses on a relationship between high-school seniors Sandy and Danny. Themes of jealousy are minor but present, and the game's story mode centers on Danny winning back Sandy.

Language

Mild language is blocked on screen when songs play in sing-along fashion.

Consumerism

This game mirrors and follows the movie's plot, complete with scenes from the motion picture. Without the movie, there would be no game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grease, based on the movie of the same name, has a story mode that can be completed by a single player in less than an hour. This is a very short and surprisingly repetitious game. It mirrors the central themes of the movie, including dating and jealousy, as well as cheating in activities to achieve goals. Some of the mini-games involve a modicum of violence, but no characters are shown to be seriously hurt. Multiplayer requires multiple Wii remotes.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

GREASE is essentially a series of mini-games that features backgrounds and characters from the 1978 movie of the same name. It is a party game that features many songs from the movie, with lyrics moving along the bottom of the screen so that players can sing along. The mini-games involve waving the Wii remote around in specific gestures, memory games, and challenges that have players mashing buttons to match on-screen prompts.

Is it any good?

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This game is very short and won't be much of a challenge for more experienced gamers. The music is fun and the clips from the movie are nice, but the mini-games are a bit repetitious. Players will end up doing the same matching motions in several of the games, which essentially is mirroring a string of motions or commands shown onscreen with the remote commands. Songs play in the background and the games use the song's timing with iconic characters from the movie singing and dancing to the recognizable themes, but some of these motion-matching games just seem to drone on. The only break from this is when the game moves to a sports-themed mini-game or a car race. Even as a party game, Grease will have limited appeal.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships between teen-aged boys and girls. Are they depicted here with anything approaching authenticity?

  • Families can also discuss good and bad role models. Do you think the characters in the game are good or bad? Do you think the characters in the film fall into either of those categories?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:505 Games
Release date:August 24, 2010
Genre:Mini-games
ESRB rating:E10+ for Comic mischief, mild lyrics (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent of a 5, 7, 8, 12, and 13 year old Written by571502dr September 3, 2010
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young mature adults

Haven't played it, but you what? The Movie is full of sexual content that I don't believe the game could be any better. I think honestly, you should be over 18 to play a game of this nature.
Kid, 9 years old July 17, 2011
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fun game !

I have this wii game and since I am a big fan of grease it is a really fun game ! I think sandy is a positive role model because in the first part of the movie she is nice to everyone and seems like she knows that smoking is wrong .
What other families should know
Great role models
Written byAnonymous April 13, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

Not for Kids Again.

Sex: Grease Lightin' (The Stong Sexual Content in the song = An M for Mature Rating for me.)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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