All Star Cheer Squad 2
This game has been designed for
teenage girls and younger and if you're a male gamer, you
probably have no interest in All Star Cheer Squad 2 for the Nintendo Wii,
however for younger female gamers, this may be the game for you.
At it's cutesy gaming heart, All Star Cheer Squad
2 is an
interactive cheerleading game that uses the motion sensitive controls of
the Wii to recreate some interesting and at times challenging
Although the game is probably more suited to the
American market due to the popularity of this sport, I'm sure it will
also find a niche market in Australia, especially considering the
demographic of the title.
It should be noted that this game is more on
the realistic side of cheerleading and it's like comparing Wii Sports to EA
Sport's Active which is definitely a step in the right the direction.
With that said, the developers have successfully managed to capture the
camp of cheer leading and for me, it was like All Star Cheer Squad 2
meets Bring it On! Funny enough, the choreographer from the Bring it
On movies, Tony G is actually behind the making of this game. Cool
As soon as you put the game in, you'll notice a slick looking
interface and before
embarking on your cheerleading career, you need to pick and modify your
avatar which includes both male and female cheerleaders. The
customisation features are rather in-depth and you could get really lost
in creating your perfect cheerleader or attempt them to make them look
As mentioned, the game is also reminiscent of those great
cheerleading movies from tryouts, competitions, challenges and even some
acrobats. Thankfully there is a tutorial of sorts when you begin the
game which teaches you the basic maneuvers of the cheerleading and using the Wii controls.
Unlike the last game, you're now the captain of the Tiger Squad...
meow... err.. roar!
Needless to say,
when you do start moving up in the world of cheerleaders, it's
actually quite a competitive sport and I must admit that some of the
maneuvers can be
quite complex but best of all, the control system of the Wiimote and
Nunchuck works remarkable well.
The game even supports the Wii balance
board as you stand on and off the board and really adds to the workout
experience but if you don't have this, you can still enjoy the game.
However, I would recommend the board for a more subversive
As you do play, it's hard not to get involved in the game, especially if
you have a few friends around as you dance your way to victory with some
great background ambience. As you make all the classic cheerleader
letters and shapes, as you progress, the developers make it a tad more
challenging by speeding things up and allowing for additional
but thankfully it's all displayed on screen, just think Tetris! The game
does support local multiplayer and also WiiConnect24 which allows
you to challenge other cheerleaders and reminds me of a dance off.
accuracy is rather impressive and there's only a few times that I messed
up, albeit on the harder levels, it does get more challenging. In
reference to that, the hardest part of this game is working with
your teammates, especially when they start to go up in the air.
Although the evil one inside me always has a chuckle to see them
fall and fail. And if you want a break, the fairer sex *HA!* can do
all the girly things like makeup and hair.
Graphically, for a Wii title, it looks rather impressive with well
designed characters, environments and a slick menu system. The colour
palette is quite vibrant and all in all, the game is rather apt in this
department. The music suits the game perfectly with its over the top
style of music and really brings out the inner cheerleader in you,
provided you are into this style of game.
At the end of the day, All Star Cheer Squad 2 is an interesting attempt at
recreating the Cheerleading world and dare I say that developers THQ
have almost perfected it. The controls are sturdy, although at times the
accuracy is sometimes lacking and if you're looking for a mini-workout, than this
game can also do just that, provided you have the Wii balance board.
Of course the game is targeted towards a particular gender and age group
but some kids will
definitely appreciate this under their Christmas tree this year.