Rio Game Poster Image


Fun party game for young fans of the movie.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like the movie, the message of the game's story mode is that birds were meant to be free and that the poachers trying to trap them and sell them are in the wrong.

Positive role models

The villains in the game are caricatured "bad guys" who appear in mini-games to cause trouble. The playable characters are all "good guys" from the movie who are just trying to have a good time.

Ease of play

Controls are quite simple, and generally involve using the thumbstick and one or two buttons at most.

Violence & scariness

Some mini-games involve throwing projectiles such as fruit and balls of mud at each other.

Not applicable

The game is a tie-in to the movie of the same name and features short clips from the movie.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rio is a party game for 1-4 players based on the animated film of the same name. Players participate in more than 40 mini-games featuring characters and situations from Rio across 5 different modes, including one that follows the movie's story. Some mini-games involve players having to hit each other with mud and pieces of fruit, but it's all done in a cartoony manner and no one actually gets hurt.

What's it about?

Kids play a variety of mini-games inspired by the Rio movie such as marmoset bowling, fruit collecting, and bongo-drum playing. There are five different modes that give you access to the mini-games, including one called "Party" mode. Under "Party" mode there are four sub-modes to choose from, including versus, two team-based play modes, and a quiz mode that asks questions from the movie. If you select the story mode, it narrates the events of the movie as players unlock more locations by winning mini-games. The mini-games are easy to learn and suitable for kids aged 6 to 12 or so.

Is it any good?


Rio's lighthearted vibe and fun collection of mini-games make it a great party game for the younger crowd, whether or not they've actually seen the movie. Although there's not as much variety in the mini-games as you would find in a series like Mario Party, none of them are particularly difficulty or tricky, and the controls are straightforward. All in all, this is a very accessible collection that should appeal to kids in the same age range as those who saw the movie.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the multiplayer aspect of the game. Is it more fun to play with friends or the computer? Is it more fun to play against each other, or join forces on the same team?

  • Do you think the game would have been as much fun if it had been a different genre, such as an action platformer or a music game?

  • How well did the game represent the movie? Would the game have been as much fun if it wasn't based on the Rio license? Do you think this game is a form of marketing?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Available online?Not available online
Release date:April 12, 2011
ESRB rating:E10+ for Comic Mischief and Mild Violence

This review of Rio was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Ratings

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate.

Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

For kids who love playing with others

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 3 year old Written bykenis escobar May 19, 2011
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written byMICHELE PEREZ April 30, 2011

good for any kids

love it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old May 11, 2011

Fun party game will surely appeal to young fans of the movie!

This is a party game. So it would actually be more fun to play it with other people rather than just single-player. But it has great mini games. This game will surely satisfy young gamers. Even adults might enjoy it if they concentrate on it. The only thing that might be wrong for young kids, is the fact that the game sometimes shows women in bikinis or men with swimming trunks. I know it is not that bad but still. There is also some very minimal mild cartoon violence. Things like shooting monkeys with fruits or exploding watermelons, you know, stuff like that.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models