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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Shawn Johnson Gymnastics lets players follow in the footsteps of a young world-class gymnast and participate in their own competitions. Players can rise up the ranks from amateur athlete to global champion in a story mode that encourages practice to become the best you can be. The game also rewards players for good performance with unlockable content from Shawn Johnson. It is geared toward players with a genuine interest in gymnastics but can be enjoyed by anyone who wants an active gaming experience.
What's it about?
SHAWN JOHNSON GYMNASTICS lets players climb up the ranks of gymnastics from hopeful, novice athlete to number one world champion. It is inspired by the real career of Shawn Johnson, a young gymnast who has grown into a global superstar because of her dedication, skill, and perseverance. She is the perfect kind of role model for children, girls, athletes, and anyone else who believes the sky is the limit. Players get some idea of the hard work that professional gymnasts go through, as the active nature of the game brings players off the couch and forces them to swing their arms and move their feet in a series of choreographed activities.
Is it any good?
When it comes to star athletes that young players can look up to, few are as genuine and respectable as Shawn Johnson. To that end, Shawn Johnson Gymnastics is a fantastic product for impressionable, young players. It teaches them the value of being athletic and gets them moving and motivated to exercise, all from the comfort of their living room. It's a great way for players who may be interested in gymnastics to get an idea of some of the sport's basic moves. Plus, its motivational story mode emphasizes the importance of practice and how being devoted and giving a strong performance will lead to rewarding outcomes.
Young players with gymnastic aspirations or who are interested in competitive sports in general will likely find this game fuels those dreams and keeps them active in the process.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how video games can help them stay active. Why is it important to stay in shape? Why should you continue to practice, even if you think you have everything down pat?
Families can also discuss their role models. How do you think these top achievers became so successful?
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