All Star Cheer Squad
All Star Cheer Squad on the Nintendo DS is a miniature version of the cheerleader game from the Wii. The DS lets us ladies touch, whereas the Wii let us feel. Bear in mind part of the experience is different. This version of All Star Cheer Squad is all about the cheer camp, and the story was grown in an interesting and unique way. If it was not for the cheerleading aspect of this game, the RPG Master would probably be right at home since some aspects of All Star Cheer Squad feel like a role playing game. We take on the role of a rookie cheerleader, and rise up the ranks to be the captain of the team. There are also a lot of relational dynamics going on in this DS game.
The graphics are a little small in All Star Cheer Squad, (sorry having a House Hunters flash back) which can be a good thing since the cheerleader outfits will be less offensive to all of those who do not want to see so much digital flesh. The cheerleader outfits look realistic, so if you have seen outfits from cheerleaders in high school, and college you know what to expect. There are a lot of friendly colors, and the details are nice in this game.
The ESRB hit the nail on the head with the mild lyrics descriptor. The thing that will bother most people is the language issue that crops up from time to time. All Star Cheer Squad could be an excellent game if that part was left out (maybe a clean version sequel). The music does fit the cheerleading theme of this DS game, and it brings back memories of things like spirit fingers (from the Bring it On DVD).
All Star Cheer Squad has a fairly decent replay value to it. Wireless modes are included, as well as plenty of unlockables. The lengthy story is something that captivated me for quite a few hours. A lot of girls will be asking for this game, and if the lyrics do not bother you then it can be worth the money.
I absolutely love the different game play aspects of All Star Cheer Squad. THQ made sure the developer kept it fresh, interesting, and engaging. I found a lot to like about the different aspects of the game. I never got tired of the different mini games, chores, or relational aspects of this DS game.
All Star Cheer Squad has a few issues, yet all around it is a pretty
safe game for girls. This DS game teaches working hard, be careful what
you say (never know who is listening), concentration, and timing. I
would love to see a sequel without the lyrics problem.
Family Friendly Factor: 84%
System: Nintendo DS
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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