A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There is some drama among the teammates (a little jealousy, a bit of teasing), but that negativity is shown to be bad for the team. Cooperation and team spirit are the true messages of the game. And, of course, physical fitness. There's also quite a bit of talk about the importance of practice before a competition.
Positive Role Models
The girls in the game are multicultural cast of stellar athletes, who sometimes squabble, but ultimately embrace the power of teamwork and cooperation.
Ease of Play
Most of the gymnastic moves are controlled by sketching out lines or circles in the proper directions with the proper timing. It's very simple to understand and to perform. Yet there's more depth to the gameplay as you learn more moves and need to decide, on the spur of the moment, which to perform next.
Products & Purchases
The packaging bills the Imagine series as the "#1 Brand!" and invites kids to visit its website, imaginetown.com.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that like most of the games in the same series, Imagine: Gymnast is meant to be a lifestyle sim as well as a sports game. This means that factors such as getting along with teammates are included within the storyline. There are points at which the girls in the game bicker, brag, or express jealousy, but it is all played out in order to teach a greater lesson about friendship, support, and team spirit. Parents should know that there is a greater purpose to it all and that this is not simply a game resorting to reality-TV-type diva drama.
Is It Any Good?
With a few exceptions, the Imagine series has consistently provided girl games with stellar career and lifestyle sims, and Imagine: Gymnast is another win for the brand. It's storyline has just enough drama -- while never becoming mean-spirited or overly soap-operatic -- to keep kids interested. And the controls are well-designed, allowing for a lot of ad hoc customization during play. The ability to design uniforms is a nice bonus -- a feature the developers had no obligation to put in, but which adds nice levels of creativity and variety. If you want to nitpick, you could point out that rhythmic gymnastics are almost an entirely different sport -- one that is performed by different athletes from traditional gymnasts -- but I'm sure there are few kids in the game's target audience who will be much bothered by that.
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