A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Let's Cheer! is a Kinect game that allows kids to use their entire bodies to practice cheering routines and then perform them before virtual audiences. The routines get progressively more difficult and the harder ones will require a good deal of practice. A few of the songs that these cheers are set to contain mildly suggestive lyrics or references to alcohol; however kids are unlikely to pay the lyrics much attention when they're concentrating on following complicated choreography.
What's it about?
LET'S CHEER! puts players on a virtual cheer squad. They'll learn and practice routines on various difficulty levels, moving from local sports events, up through regionals, and eventually qualifying for national performances. You need to watch the squad leader carefully and mimic her moves as closely as possible. On harder routines, you'll be asked to shout out parts of the cheers as well.
Is it any good?
Let's Cheer! has a nice way of allowing kids to get their bearings and learn the ropes with its slowed down, step-by-step training sessions for each new routine. The action speeds up a lot, though, when you move on to performance mode. And there'll be a lot of extra flair added, so you still need to pay close attention, even if you nailed the cheer in rehearsal. The early routines are incredibly easy and get you feeling really good about yourself; then the tough ones throw you for a loop and make you realize how far you have to go. Two-player team mode is a nice addition for when you want to play with a friend.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the physical exercise provided by playing the game. Does playing this game qualify as a real workout? How else can you stay physically fit while having fun?
Families can also discuss the importance of practice and rehearsal. How is this lesson imparted by the game?
- Platforms: Xbox 360
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
- Skills: Self-Direction: effort, initiative, work to achieve goals
Health & Fitness: exercise, movement
Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles, persevering
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: 2K Play
- Release date: November 15, 2011
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Lyrics
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