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Mario Party 2 (N64)
Member Name: lucie19
Mario Party 2 (N64)
Date: 28/10/00, updated on 28/10/00 (75 review reads)
Advantages: Good fun for all your mates
Disadvantages: Be careful who you steal stars from they may never speak to you again.
Just like a board game Mario Party 1 was great fun, so here is the new version, ‘originally’ titled Mario Party 2.
If you never played the original, the game is very similar to a board game, you roll a virtual dice to take your turn and then whatever space you land on deems what happens. There are three types of space; blue, red and green. When all the players have taken one turn there is a mini game to be played; the type of game is defined by the colour space the players have landed on. If all the players have landed on the same colour a four player game is played, if one player has a different colour a one vs. three player game and if two have landed on a different colour a two vs. two.
The idea of the game is to collect the most stars, you can collect these by either paying 20 coins to Toad (a strange mushroom creature) or by stealing them using Boo (a ghost). You collect coins either by winning games, stealing them through chance time (like a fruit machine), Bowser revolution (all the coins are shared out equally) or using Boo. You get 3 coins every time you land on an ordinary blue space.
There are five boards to chose from, each with its own peculiarity.
Four player Games
These are great fun, its all against all. The games vary enormously and there are about 30 four-player games. Here are a few examples; Hot Rope Jump, a skipping rope made up of flames is swung and your characters stand in a row, the idea is to jump at the right moment. If you miss you will burn your bottom and you are out the last one standing wins.
Three Vs One Games
These are usually a chance for the one player to steal everyone else’s coins. An example of this is Look Away, which is a bit like scissors, paper, stone. The player on their own has to try to eliminate the other players by looking in the same direction as them.
You have to work with your teammate to win these games. There is Cake Factory where one player has to grab cakes off a conveyor belt, while your partner has to grab strawberries. You then have to put them together in the right order. The team who has made the most cakes at the end of the allocated time wins.
One Player Games
When you land on a blue space with a * symbol on it you will play a game on your own. I think that this is the biggest let down of the new version. There is only one one-player game on each world (in the original there were several) and this rather takes the fun out of it. However instead of collecting coins in these games you try to get items. These items can do anything from giving you two goes’ in a row to summoning the star to you.
The main difference between the original and this new version is that you now can buy or collect items, these cause various different types of chaos. Golden Mushrooms mean you can roll the die three times instead of once helping you to get past dangerous parts of the board. Bowser suits mean you roll your dice and any players you pass have to give their coins to you. There are a few more items but I wont bore you I’ll leave it a mystery.
In all Mario Party 2 has improved on the original, the games are more fun, and there are a lot more things that can happen, but they have taken out a few things that were good. For instance there is no major way of losing coins now, in the original if you lost a two vs. two game or a three vs. one game you lost coins, this is no longer the case.
In conclusion, Mario Party 2 is an excellent four-player game, the games can last from 1 hour to five hours and it inspires real rivalry. Great game to play with a couple of mates and a couple of beers.