|System: DSi (DSiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Globz||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Globz||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 1, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Unfortunately, the sound isn't in as good of shape as the visuals. The game features only a smattering of music, and there is virtually no audio whatsoever accompanying the mini-games, aside from repetitive nature sounds that include birds cheeping and insects humming. The sound is definitely the most annoying part of the game, and even though I wasn't expecting some grandiose score to accompany it, I expected more than just nature sounds I can hear just by opening a window.
It is important to note that Globulos Party is based on Globulos, which is a flash-based website that features several of the same mini-games. However, the DSi version's easier control scheme and multiplayer options set it apart substantially from the Globulos web portal. However, if you are more comfortable with your mouse, and don't really care about multiplayer options, then you may want to stick with the free online version, as it won't be worth your 500 points to upgrade.
When you browse the Nintendo DSi Shop channel, you are likely to see a lot of mini-game compilations. Most of these compilations include some sort of touch-based gimmick that is fun for awhile and then gets monotonous quickly. Globulos Party is one of those games.
At its heart, this title is nothing more than a compilation of 20 mini-games that use cutesy ball-shaped characters to play watered down versions of football, soccer, foursquare, and basketball. However, even though there is not much to this game, at 500 points, it is good for a few rounds on occasion, and the multiplayer options make it a worthwhile title if you love mini-games. If you have 500 points burning a hole in your virtual wallet, Globulos Party is a worthwhile investment. Just don't expect greatness or more than ten minutes of amusement at a time.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor