All Star Cheerleader (Wii)
We have recently got a Wii console and have been borrowing games until we could get some of our own. Most are quite expensive as many of you will probably know, though there are a few cheaper games we found in the C.E.X store. Perhaps, though, I should have realised that the price actually does resemble the quality...
We bought All Star Cheerleader for £8.00 which seemed a reasonable price, and knowing what I know now, I certainly would not pay more for this. On hindsight, I would not have even paid this amount.
There are four different in game options to chose from which cover the following;
* Career mode - this is where you work your way through practises and tournaments with your squad with little story modes in between.
* Quickplay mode - Here you can have a quick practise or competition without worrying about scoring.
* Multiplayer mode - This allows 2 - 4 players to compete with or against each other.
* Extras - You are able to make up your own cheers in this option.
Each new cheer you are taught in almost slow motion in a practise screen and then put together these cheers with others you have learnt. This is quite a good way of learning the cheers, though I did find it extremely slow going and quite often boring.
One problem with the cheers is the use of a nunchuck. Unless you have one without a connecting lead, there is really no way to stretch your arms like you are meant to.
When you enter career mode, you are able to create your own characters though this is very limited. I believe that you are able to open new features for your character the further up the career path you go, though comparing the characters to mii's and other characters on other games, this is really limited and does not cause any sense of fun with my little one or me.
The cheers themselves are average. My little one finds them quite hard as you have to be quite precise to get the points, and although I manage this (at least so far), I find it very slow and not exciting at all. Perhaps I was hoping for something like Just Dance, though this is more like Just Stretch Slowly!
Points are scored by doing the correct hand movements in the correct time with combo moves adding your score quicker.
This game is compatible with the Wii balance board though we have not got this yet and therefore can not comment on what it is like with it. The game can be played fine without it, and to be quite honest, I would not recommend buying the balance board just for the sake of this game.
Overall, this game is a huge disappointment and I would not recommend it at all.
I didnt actually buy this game. OK so I did, but it was part of a 'bundle' from a second hand seller from eBay. I was actually buying the Wii & Wiifit, but this came included along with a TV and a few other things.
First of all yes, its a slow progression game, progressing in both ability and very slow in story, but as the 'career' game is split over weeks and ment to be covering a real cheerleaders progression I think thats ok.
This game does need a minimum of one wii-mote and nunchuck, but for extra "umph" it can be used in conjunction with the wii balance board, but when you do use the balance board it becomes increasingly more difficult as you have then got your legs involved in co-ordination to score more and more points.
I have to admit to actually not being a fan of this although I have played it, basically to ascertain which children would benefit from it most. For example, our poorly coordinated 10 year old girl cant go much past the first practices, however, her sister (8) one has completed the game once already and has started again using the wii balance board. Her co ordination and recognition has improved a lot, and having something to 'test' her comprehension has been beneficial in more than just this game, but we have also noticed a improvement in other areas where good coordination helps.
Thankfully (for my sons atleast) the cheerleaders are not just girls but boys also, meaning they don't have to feel weird playing the game. The costumes are quite varied, with newer costumes being unlocked as you progress through your career.
That said however I do wish for just this game, they did a wireless nunchuck... although I can imagine a lot of injuries from some little girls pulling the moves properly and not paying attention to where everyone else is!
The box promises endless excitement "Join the Squad and be the Cheerleader of your Dreams". The cheerleader of my dreams would be a svelt size 10 with double jointed hips and endless energy. The reality is a considerably larger 33 year old with a tendancy to creak first thing in a morning. Still the box claims a 3 year old can attempt it. How hard can it be? Extremely so is the answer. It probably helps if you can pat your head whilst rubbing your tummy and hopping up and down on one leg. Some of the moves are extremely complicated and even the basic routines assume your front room is the size of a football stadium. We were finding that furniture and the odd household pet were constantly in the front place. "Play with your friends" says the box. Theres barely room for me let alone another person with the co-ordination of a new born giraffe.
As a source of entertainment my husband found it hilarious, although that was more from watching me make a complete fool of myself than from playing the game itself. Its a great idea for getting people up and moving but requires a level of co-ordination that I don't posess.
Ok so I'm 22 but I think there could possibly be a bit of wannabe cheerleader in every girl! Maybe not, maybe it's just me but I have always wanted to be in highschool in america and on the cheerleading sqaud instead on boring belfast!
So, last week I though my dreams came true when my boyfriend returned from game with two games one of which being ALL Star Cheerleader.
I put it on that night while babysitting for my aunt with my 7 year old cousin and we designed our own cheerleader she had alot of fun sadly so did I, although slightly dissapointed all the hair styles were up styles, what were they thinking! I explained to me cousin however how a real cheerleader couldn't possibly have hair flapping all over her face! My boyfriend meanwhile finding this quiet hillarious.
Anyways we got onto the cheers and basic moves which yes, do move slow but thank god as I found it a bit hard to get used to let alone a 7 year old.
The aim of the game is to keep progressing through target to get higher up the ranks and eventually become part of the all star team.
I havent got that far yet but I find it really fun, sad yes but true. My 7 year old cousin loves it too and is currently on a quest to get a wii so she can get it.
My boyfriend bought thsi pre-owned for £9.99 bargain of the centuary!
I bought this game a few weeks ago. It was a tough choice between this and 'We Cheer'. I decided on All star cheerleader as it had slightly better reviews and seemed to be aimed at a wider audience than We Cheer, which is supposedly aimed at pre teen girls.
Being 24 (but still 14 at heart!), I thought I might be better suited to All Star.
Oh dear, I wish I'd never bothered.
If you have visions of prancing around your living room, throwing shapes like a 16 year old American Cheerleader then think again. It is so slow paced that you cannot help but feel your age, if not a generation older.
It is exactly the same set up as the many dance mats that have been on the market, except you use your arms instead of your legs. You use the nunchuck in your left hand and the controller in your right. You then try to move your arms in harmony with the arrows that move across the screen and are rated by how closely you follow the moves.
I enjoyed using my dance mat as there is a certain energy to it, even if it is just jumping around on the spot. With this approach you simply shift your arms around at a mind numbingly slow pace.
It is an awkward game, you could try to liven it up by dancing or jumping along with the moves, but the movements are spaced out at an odd pace so it is impossible go get any rhythm to your moves. This makes the game rather boring.
At the start of the game you do get to create your own character, similar to the Mii feature on the Wii console. There are different outfits and the option of having subtle or outrageous make-up. This is fun, but does not compensate for the disappointment of the actual play of the game.
Another flaw is that the nunchuck wire may not be long enough for you to hold your arms out, as required for some of the moves. I got over this by throwing my arms forward rather than outwards.
The game also regularly fails to register a move, even if you make it perfectly, which is extremely annoying and makes the competitive aspect pointless as your grade (A-F) is never a true reflection of your ability.
You can play the standard routines or create your own 'Cheers' using different combinations of moves. You also have a music playlist which you can edit and choose the tracks that appeal to you.
I found this game such a disappointment that I haven't progressed very far with it. There doesn't seem to be very far to go with it though. Some of the routines get a bit harder, but when the game doesn't register your moves anyway it is pretty pointless.
I ended up selling this game on eBay last week as it is such a disappointment. Even for a younger audience it is a let down, my friend's 8 year old found it boring, so it does not seem to appeal to any age group.
Summary - Avoid at all costs!!! I haven't tried We Cheer, but if you are after a cheerleading game then go for that one - it cannot be any worse than this poor excuse for a game, lol!
As my daughter was getting the high school musical cheerleading outfit complete with pom poms for Christmas this seemed like the ideal game for the wii to go along with it and yes ok I'll put my hands up and admit that I quite fancied it too.
The game is readily available at the excellent price of £14.99 and another great selling point is that it can be used with the wii fit board although it is a stand alone game if you don't have a board.
The marketing blurb about the game claims it has the:
"Latest cheer action and top routines designed by Tony G, world renowned cheer choreographer, best known for his work on the "Bring It On" movies".
There are four selections on the main menu:-
Career - Work your way up through the trials
Quickplay - Practice or compete just for fun
Multiplayer - Allows 2-4 players to cheer with or against
each other, unfortunately we only have one nunchuck
Extras - Make up your own cheers
We started with learning simple cheers under quickplay such as how to position yourself as the letter A or E. To make the letters you need to plug the nunchuck into the wii-mote so that the wii sensor bar can tell how your hands are relating to each other in the cheers. I did read in several reviews of this before purchasing it that very tall people can't make some of the moves because the length of connection between the wii mote and nunchuck isn't long enough. My nephew however is almost 6 feet tall and he didn't have a problem with it so I can't give a definitive answer on how tall you can be before the connection length becomes a problem.
We didn't last long on the learning curve though deciding to give it a go doing cheers with the squad and learning as we went along. Although they won't admit it outside the house as well as my niece, sis-in-law, myself and daughter all fighting over who's go it was, my two boys and 17 year old nephew were also up there grooving along to give me an E, give me a K.
You start by creating your character to allow you to join a cheerleading squad this includes changing, hair, outfits etc. Then the fun begins:-
We started at the opening rounds and the cheers were short and very easy to follow even my four year old (with help) and boys scored a B grade on their first go. Only one person managed to score an A grade straight off but obviously she wouldn't want to boast about it hmmm hmmm (ME). It was fun and a little in the way of exercise and easy to catch on.
The scoring is a little like the dance games, you have to move your hands through to the correct position for the cheer at the same time as the cheer symbol hits the correct edge of the circle. Points are scored for position and timing.
The simplest moves are arms straight ahead or over shoulders, more difficult ones have one arm forward one arm bent at the side and the A button requiring to be pressed. This may not sound to difficult but its hard enough as the game speeds up and you are constantly changing position.
There are chain moves the little cheer icons are joined together with little chains and if you get them correctly it's a bit like getting a streak on the dance mat, guitar hero or singstar, which helps your score to rise quickly.
There are also balance moves which show as a star and arrow. For these you need to rotate your wrists to get the arrows pointing to the small target star. If the star glows you are racking up the points.
Combo moves are extended cheer sequences that require you to move your hands like you are winding something up, a kind of spinning motion. The more you spin the higher your score.
There were a few times though that I know I was doing the correct action at the correct time and the move didn't receive a mark. A bit annoying if you have a competitive streak.
Unforturnately the time taken between each set of cheers is ridiculous. The cheer you are following lasts for about 30-45 seconds but you have to wait that long again at the end of each one to follow onto the next cheer. I find this very frustrating as does my daughter and means we give up playing the game sooner than we would like to, because we are fed up hanging around waiting.
The cheers become increasingly difficult as you move your way through the tournaments but they are just the right amount of difficulty to stretch you but not prove totally impossible after a few practices.
As I was doing so well with the arms I thought it would be fun and good exercise to include the wii board, what a mistake. I'm not naturally sporty I just enjoy team games and having a laugh so me trying to co-ordinate my arms and legs at the same time while checking the instructions and timings on screen was just impossible. I think if you had a good knowledge of the arm movements first you would probably be able to give all your attention to learning the leg movements and when to move which foot up and down on the wii fit board. It also seemed to add more time to reset everything if you used the wii board as it switched off after each go.
You can move onto Challenges where you play head to head against another cheerleader. You have to outperform that person and if you can score three perfects you can use this to attack your opponents cheer line. I haven't reached this part of the game yet as I get so tired of the waiting around between goes that I give up playing after about fifteen minutes.
The graphics are quite cartoony but the characters look well, their movement is easy to recognize and copy and you get what you pay for which in this case is acceptable.
This is a great fun game for young and not so young girls (and boys as long as no-one is looking) and has a good few hours play in it with over three hundred different cheers to learn especially if they have friends round. The time taken between screens and the occasionally miss scoring of your perfectly aligned cheer are the only bad things on this game. For the price though it's not too bad.
Although I'm tempted to give it a decent 3 - 4 star rating I have to drop a star for the long loading time between sessions and the fact that my wii fit board on the oddtime we tried to use it kept cutting off after each session and we had to wait on it restarting. So I guess since I can't give it a 2½ I'll be generous and give it a three.
If it moved through the sessions with the speed you get on a dance mat I'd play it more often and for longer.
All Star Cheer Squad allows players to participate in the competitive sport of Cheer, combining traditional cheerleading, dance, gymnastics and squad based teamwork. Players create their own avatar, learn cheer and dance moves, compete against individual team members and ultimately compete against other squads. The player's goal is to become captain of his or her squad and eventually lead the squad to win all of the competitions in the single player campaign.