Game Party Review
Game Party box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Midway 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Midway 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 27, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

I take it back; there is an event in this game that is even stranger than Shuffleboard, and that game is Trivia. What seems like the second cousin of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, Trivia has you spinning a wheel which contains several topics. Based on the topic you pick, the game will ask you several questions with four choices listed for each one. Getting questions right will get the points flowing and the objective, just like the others, is to receive the most points in order to snare more tickets. What is disappointing about the Mii purchasing feature is that Game Party doesn't have an option for using personal Miis. This means that you will be unable to use the ones you custom make on your Wii. It is quite strange that for a game with such poor visuals, they wouldn't allow players to enhance the already mediocre experience with their personal creations, especially when the game was delayed for an extra month. Chock it up to a lack of foresight.

Game Party screenshot

As mentioned earlier, there is little to no atmosphere to speak of within the multiple "venues" the game presents you with. What doesn't help the already claustrophobic gaming arenas are the sub par sounds found within. Picture this: you are playing a quick game of Hoop Shot. Surrounding you are ten onlookers ranging from seniors in overalls to a handful of Goth kids that look like they just got out of detention. As you are trying to concentrate on sinking the shot, you hear the painfully dull elevator music and the redundant clunking sound of your shot ricocheting off the side of the rim. Definitely not the perspective that you had in mind, right? To top it off there is no voice acting to speak of unless you count the occasional "ooh" and "aw" from the audience. I'm fairly sure they are displaying their boredom of watching you play this game, those poor people.

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What else is there say? Game Party does feature up to four players, but I doubt any of your friends will really want to get involved. In fact, you shouldn't either. Though Game Party is fun for a couple of hours and only runs for around 20 dollars, there are just so many better alternatives out there to choose from. Wii Sports, Wii Play, WarioWare, and even the generic Carnival Games, (no comma) all make far better purchases than this dud. Game Party basically proves that the Wii does not need any more of these types of games plaguing it. Over half of the titles on Nintendo's innovative machine have been either mini-game centered or poorly crafted ports from the PlayStation 2. Will this realization stop developers from producing these lazy games? Sadly, no. So, the conclusion is this: you got a free game with your Wii when you bought it right? Just play that.

By Branden Barrett
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Play classic, fun standouts such as Darts, Table Hockey, Skill Ball, Hoop Shoot, Ping Cup, Shuffle Board, and Trivia Contests. And they're even more fun when you play against your friends.
  • Play your favorite games just like their classic counterparts. Slide your hand forward to hit a hockey puck, take aim and toss your dart at the dartboard, use a bowling motion to send your skill ball into a high scoring hoop.
  • Each game features a classic venue. Play darts in a British style eatery, Hoop Shoot in a sports entertainment center, and many more!
  • Participate in multi-player competitions, with friends in your home.
  • Unlockable characters!


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    1.7
    Graphics
    Overly simplistic graphics with little to no artistic flare do not help this game's presentation. Game boards are detailed just enough so you know what is going on.
    2.5
    Control
    The Wii-mote does its job, but several of the games are frustrating to get right with it. Game Party's controls also suffer from a lack of non-linear movement and range.
    1.4
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    What sound?
    2.1

    Play Value
    Hoop Shot and Skill Ball are fun, for about an hour or two. The lack of personal Mii support and true online play definitely brings down the value. Stick with Wii Sports.

    1.8
    Overall Rating - Avoid
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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