Super Beat Sports

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Quirky, fun rhythm party game moves to its own beat.

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Educational Value

Gameplay centers on teaching players to recognize, react to musical tempos and to move with and in response to the beat. This teaches pattern recognition, some music appreciation.

Positive Messages

Some themes of teamwork, friendly competition, but otherwise it's simply a quick, fun diversion.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This is a small collection of mini-games without much of a plot. Players are playing odd rhythm sports games in outer space with odd alien creatures. That's about all the character development you'll find.

Ease of Play

For the most part, mini-games involve simply flicking the controller at the right time to a specific rhythm. It's easy for anyone of any skill level to pick up and play, though it does get progressively more difficult by adding more elements, speed to gameplay. 

Violence & Scariness

Very light cartoon violence, where players and creatures occasionally get hit by stray balls.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Beat Sports is a downloadable rhythm party game available on the Nintendo Switch. Players learn to react to the tempo of musical beats, learning to find the patterns within the tempo. Players can compete in solo play, though the party nature of the game puts a big focus on getting together with others in both co-op and competitive matches. The ease of play and lighthearted style of the game make it a good fit for gamers of all ages and skill levels. There's no inappropriate content to be found, and only very mild violence with balls that occasionally hit characters.

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What's it about?

Swing away to the rhythm of the music with SUPER BEAT SPORTS. It's an outer space adventure when aliens come calling after intercepting broadcasts of Earth's sports. The invaders are up for a little friendly competition, challenging players to some unique takes on some sports classics, all with a musical twist. To win, you'll need to follow the rhythm, get into the groove, and time your shots. Swing, volley, throw, and aim for the high score in five different multiplayer mini-games to show those pesky aliens not to mess with the home team.

Is it any good?

While there are plenty of great games out there with deep stories and complex gameplay, sometimes all you need is a catchy beat and fun style to grab gamers' attention. Case in point is Super Beat Sports, which is about as basic a concept as you can get. You simply listen to the musical cue and flick the controller at just the right time to whack a ball. On paper, it may not seem like much, but in action, it's ridiculously fun and surprisingly challenging.

Different mini-games toss different quirks into the basic formula. Some games force players to switch position between three to five different lanes to return pitches, while others push players to work together to pull off impressive serves and volleys. In fact, it's when you get more players together that the game is at its best. Whether you're competing against each other or working together, it's a blast to get everyone into the same groove. Admittedly, the overall game isn't heavy with gameplay content, and there can be a little repetition, but thanks to a huge selection of outfits and accessories to collect, there's plenty of reason to keep coming back. And the game's budget pricing means that you'll get lots of bang for your buck.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about music and music appreciation. What are some of the ways we use music to motivate us each day?

  • Talk about sports and gaming. What are some ways that gaming and sports have come together over the years? How important is the balance between gaming and more physical activities, and what are some of the ways to combine the two?

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