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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jerry Rice and Nitus' Dog Football is a football simulation game with one human and seven dogs making up a team. The Wii version supports up to 4 players but each must have his own Wii remote and nunchuck. When playing on the Wii, it is a physical game with players doing motions to control elements (lifting the arm overhead to receive the snap and then bring the arm quickly down to throw the ball), so parents will want to insure that there is room enough to play.
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What's it about?
JERRY RICE AND NITUS' DOG FOOTBALL challenges players to take a team of seven dogs and one human (who only throws or kicks the ball; he or she does not run with it) through individual games or to compete over a season on 12 interactive playing fields (featuring not only static things such as ramps, but moving characters like cows). There are dog breeds and human characters to unlock and the customization extends to colors and dog breeds when building a team. The title offers solo play as well as 1-4 players participating on the same machine.
Is it any good?
There are definitely some puns that are groan-worthy, and some animations that last a little longer than necessary, but Jerry Rice and Nitus' Dog Football is not targeting the die-hard Madden fans; rather, this is a football sim game for kids. It focuses on kids having fun (there are playing with dogs as teammates!) in a manner that will appeal to younger players. The graphics are not stellar, and the audio seems a little too piecemeal at times (Jerry Rice's voice goes into a monotone and lacks any sincerity), but the game does teach the basics of football and aims solidly at having fun.
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