|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Gorilla Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 24, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Control in this title is hit or miss, with some of the mini-games working well and some that suffer from being unintuitive and clunky. As I've said before, the cheerleading mini-game works well, but some of the other tap-controlled mini-games are difficult to control, especially on higher levels. For instance, one strength training mini-game requires you to hit certain small targets on the screen. While these targets are simple enough to hit on the easier levels, they become unresponsive at higher levels and present an unnecessary challenge.
The graphics in All-Star Cheer Squad on the DS are sub-standard. Different cheerleader characters are featureless, and there are many recurring proportion issues. One humorous aspect of the poor graphics is the character animations. Each cheerleader seems to have a small handful of stock animations that are displayed when you speak to them, and sometimes these animations are completely inappropriate to the situation at-hand. For instance, my character got into a heated argument with another cheerleader and expressed her frustration and anger with a high five. Another problem with the graphics is the bland environments. For a mini-game-based title, you will do a lot of walking around. Because of the aforementioned proportional issues, it is hard to know exactly where your character is in a given environment, and the lack of detail really compounds this issue.
Although there are plenty of bad points about All-Star Cheer Squad, I am fairly sure that most little kids who are interested in this title won't care too much. As hit or miss as the gameplay might be, the cute little teamwork-based story is really the centerpiece of the game, and chances are good that the tween girl demographic that this title aims to please will probably eat this one up. However, if you are looking for more than a cute story about cheerleading camp, then you may want to pass on this one.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor