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Disney's Party (GBA)

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      06.05.2009 02:11

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      "Disney's Party" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2003 by Hudson Games. It is a board game with included mini games and is geared towards multiplayer play. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      Disney's Party is set over four boards which each feature a funpark theme. This is in relation to the storyline which states that Uncle Scrooge has opened amusement parks but his efforts are stopped by Dr. Nickel who infiltrates the power grids and spreads the "magical power" across the stages. The player must select a popular Disney character from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck or Daisy Duck in order to recover this magical power. Each board contains three colours; blue spots which award magical star points, green gift spots which award a special distinction such as an additional die for moving further and red spots which take away a set amount of magical stars. A specific point is also designated as the mini game spot and when a player lands on it, he, she or the computer opponent will play a simple platform game consisting of running left to right and blowing up enemies using cartoon bombs. The objective of these platform titles is to collect various stars to increase the available points which the specific player currently possesses. At the end of the game, the player with the most star points wins the game.

      The graphics are presented from a top side view which focuses on the character who is currently having his or her turn. The detailing is simple but effective enough to distinguish clearly between what spaces are designated to what action. The graphics on the mini game are also simple with little effort going into creating a visually pleasing area; solid colour platforms and backgrounds accompanying poorly detailed enemies and bombs. The soundtrack consists of softer melodies which accompany a board game well but are not particularly memorable.

      Overall, Disney's Party may appeal in shorter bursts when physical players are present to make use of the multiplayer option. One cartridge is all that is required across four consoles using a multiple game link cable.

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