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Genre: Arcade & Platform / Video Game for Nintendo DS / Release Date: 2008-08-22 / Published by Take 2 Interactive

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      22.01.2012 18:29
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      Not a very good game, I would not ever reccomend buying it

      This game came free with when I bought my DS on a special offer from the store that I bought it from, and I'm glad they did as after about 3 hours of playing the game I'd already mastered the good parts of this game and given up on the some of the harder games and just deemed them as impossible to complete.

      Although the game says it is for 3 plus, I would say this is a bit too low and would say that you would have to be about 8 to actually understand how to play the game and many of the minigames are quite hard. The game itself makes good use of the touchscreen, unlike many of the DS games which hardly use it and just focus on using the arrow keys still.

      The game is basically a lot of minigames packed into one cartridge, you walk around the funfair and can select different minigames to play on. You strive to get the carnival crown and every clothing item from playing the minigames included. This is done by earning tickets from the games that you play and then trading them in to gain the clothes for your personal character. But aside from that there is not really much else you can achieve, aside from the high scores within the minigames.

      There is a wide variety of games included within it however and there is something to suit everybody. There is shooting games like Shoot The Duck, throwing basketballs into a hoop and hitting down milk bottles. Mostly all the typical things you would expect to see at a funfair.

      The graphics are pretty decent for a DS game, although the gameplay is just so dull, you hardly take any notice of them. The sound effects for different minigames make a nice addition to.

      One problem is there aren't different levels of the minigames for you to play, so once you have got great at a particular minigame, it becomes boring playing it over and over again. Also, you cannot really play multiplayer with anyone, and this would have been a great addition, if you could compete against one another on your DS's.

      Overall, I would say if you are desperate to play this game, just rent it for one night instead of paying the full price as it is really not worth it. Although it does have a wide variety of games they get old fast and are not that great. Spend your money on a better DS game that has more to do and provides you with a greater challenge than repetitive minigames.

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      05.11.2010 13:15
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      A game suitable perhaps for the younger audience

      Having played many games that I do enjoy I found one which I did enjoy but got outraged by at the same time.

      The game in question is Carnival Funfair Games, I saw this on the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii so I went for the cheaper option and I was suprised by plenty of the things in the game.

      You play as a young person who walks around a carnival taking part in some of the games and your aim is to obviously score as many points as possible. Some games require you to use the stylus and some require the key pad you on the console.

      Some of the games you can play are dunk tank where you dunk someone inside a tank full of water or you might want to play or maybe go and play some bumper boats. There is many games to be played which is good.

      Your aim is to win prizes and you do this by obtaining the highest score you can. Sometimes the score does not need to be much in order to win a top prize but sometimes it does.

      You have over 65 prizes to win so hats and items worth keeping are on offer if your successful but then some of the problems begin to show up. I played this game for an hour and I really did enjoy it because I was winning and kept on fighting to get the top score.

      However, I could not find a location to save my progress. I did everything I could by searching the entire game and pressing buttons on my console in the hope an option would spring up and let me save my progress but this never happened.

      Not only that but I found that some of the games were pretty easy to get top scores from and other games were not and it was sort of odd to have some games easy and some not they should in my belief be al the same.

      I found the graphics reasonable and I say that because some of the games showed some decent graphics and some did not so a hit and miss in this area but that can be expected on many games.

      The game play was slow and out of pace for most of the games. I was throwing objects in one game and it was as if I never clicked on the screen at all when I know I did several times. This does lead to frustration in the game itself.

      I think the game is suitable for younger people and as an adult I find it irritating because of the lack of consistancy within the games. There is nothing to aim for in the game besides prizes and once you have those the game in theory is complete so I wish they had a purpose to the game to make me want to continue. Perhaps missions or unlocking new carnivals would have been a nice touch.

      I would not tell people to purchase this game the only enjoyment I had was actually playing two of the games and customising my man who walked around the carnival after that it was very poor.

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      02.05.2010 22:39
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      Recommended

      I'm surprised to find that there are quite a few negative reviews of this game, and that it's only been rated two out of five stars. Maybe that's down to the context in which people are looking at this? Personally, when I paid £10 for a copy of this, I wasn't expecting it to be brilliant. What I was expecting was a DS game that was simple and enjoyable for the young grandson to have a play on whilst not being too boring for us adults to help with.

      The idea is simple, you're at a carnival and you want to play some games. So you use your stylus or arrow keys to navigate your little character up to one of the various carnival games stalls, and then click to enter into a little mini game. Our favourite has to be the hook-a-duck, but then we are a bit obsessed with ducks in this house! There are also games like pop the balloon, throw the ball into the bucket and knock the cans down. All the kinds of games you'd expect from the title really.

      The games are very easy to work out, and fairly easy to do too. Some of them do require a certain amount of skill which very young players will be lacking at first, but then this game gives them a good incentive to improve I think. To start with they might only be able to get five points at a game, and after some practice, they'll build up to getting fifty points at the same game. I like that there's room for improvement, and the skill level required is reasonably high, whilst the actual game concepts are really easy to grasp. Little gamers can concentrate on honing their skills, not trying to work out how to play each game.

      The graphics in this are pretty basic, and I think it's only fair to mark the game down because of that. I know that the DS isn't exactly high ranking in the graphic department in general, but we really are talking 90's PC graphics here in this particular game! The music is nothing special either, though I think it's perfectly acceptable.

      I can see why adults and older children would get sick of this really quickly, but for the younger player, and for playing as a family (hmm, we should get this for our Wii now I think of it!), this is a nice, easy and fairly cheap little game. Recommended by me.

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        29.07.2009 22:15
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        A tedious and boring game that I would never ever recommend

        Carnival Games is a game that consists of several mini games of the 'carnival' genre that is made by Cat Daddy.

        ****At the start****

        The game commences with the player making its very own avatar. There are limited choices from which you choose from the sex, the hair style and colour, the skin colour, the clothes, features etc. etc. There are many games that have this feature and, personally, I hate it. So you can "personalise" your own character, big deal. I think it adds nothing to the overall game, except for a lot of faffing about at the start.

        ****The carnival grounds****

        Once you have been through the arduous task of devising your character it is time to enter the carnival. It is time to move your character around the carnival grounds, using either the stylus or the directional pad, and start playing some mini games. The top screen displays a map showing you where all the games are located. In order to keep track of exactly where your character is in the carnival there is a green dot on the map, i.e. you, that moves around.

        The carnival ground does not create a good first impression. The scenery is uninspiring and consisting of drab colours it looks boring. There are flags blowing in the wind, butterflies (and rather large ones at that) flying around, flowers on the ground and various bits of shrubbery but it still doesn't create that 'wow' factor of some DS games I have played.
        In the grounds there are other characters milling around and playing the games but you do not interact with them in any way. There is no opportunity to talk to them etc. and when you approach them you just walk straight through them, like old retro games. This is not the way of modern gaming.

        ****The mini games****

        There is a vast amount of mini games contained within Carnival Games, including;

        i) Leap Frog - using the stylus you catapult frogs on to lilies, ducks in to nests and cannon balls in to ships as they float past.

        ii) Going Nuts - using the directional pad you control a squirrel and attempt to catch the falling blue nuts in a basket and avoid catching the red nuts.

        iii) Wild West Showdown - a shooting gallery whereby the targets, consisting of bottles and stars amongst other items, are tapped with the stylus, with higher points awarded for hitting the more difficult targets.

        iv) Clown splash - the stylus is used to build up pressure in a water pistol before it is shot in to a clown's mouth.

        v) Clown Bonk - this is basically Whac-a-mole using clowns' heads instead. The heads must be tapped with the stylus but the pies must be avoided at all costs, otherwise it is game over.

        vi) Test of Strength - the stylus is used to 'pump' an arm to build up the strength before tapping a target in attempt to ring a bell at the top of the strength tower.

        vii) Nerves of Steel - using the stylus you guide a metal loop along a wire making sure there is no contact.

        viii) Buckets of fun - the stylus is used to throw balls in to a bucket that is at an angle. Too hard and the ball simply bounces out.

        ix) Balloon Darts - using the stylus to throw darts at different sized balloons that are worth different amounts of points.

        x) Dunk tank - the stylus is used to trace a path within a specific time limit. Failure and dunking occurs.

        xi) The Great Swami - You pay your hard earned tickets to ask "yes" or "no" questions. This is not really a game, in my opinion.

        xii) Hoops - the stylus is used to tap three buttons before striking a target to toss basket balls through a hoop.

        xiii) Bumper boats - the A button and directional pad are used to steer a boat around a pool to collect points. In this game you battle against computer operated opponents and 'bump' them out of the way

        With so many mini games on offer you'd think that there would be some very good games on offer but there aren't. All of the games are extremely easy and provide no challenge whatsoever. The games are boring, lack imagination, non-addictive and just not fun to play.

        Some of the games take a bit longer to master than others, i.e. you will probably need three attempts instead of two, but it won't take too much effort to get to the top of the score board.

        Once you have completed a game you are awarded a number of tokens, the amount of which depends upon your score, which can be exchanged to unlock features and stupid items of clothing and 'comedy' attire for your avatar. Once you have played the games a couple of times there is no point in trying to beat your score because you just don't get anything else for it.

        ****Graphics****

        Considering the capabilities of the DS (just think of games like Call Of Duty and Brothers In Arms) the graphics in this game are absolutely terrible. I appreciate that the 'in thing' at the moment is to use cute looking cartoon type characters, like the ones found in Animal Crossing and the like, but these types of characters do absolutely nothing for me. As well as being extremely childish, I think they look naff, but then I guess this genre of game is aimed at younger players.

        ****Sound****

        As well as childish graphics, this game contains childish music and sound effects. At first, the music is quite pleasing n the ear and it does add a bit of atmosphere but I found this very short-lived and was soon reaching for the volume button to turn it off.

        There is the option to turn the music off and just have the sound effects, which is a great idea, but in reality in just doesn't work for me. Do you really want to hear stupid and random sayings such as "Frogs legs" and "steady hands"? I know I don't. The sayings are bad but the voice of the "carni king" is even worse. I find it so obnoxious and irritating that I want to throw the DS at the wall just to make him shut up.

        ****Availability and price****

        Carnival games has been out a while now so getting a copy should not be a problem from most online and offline retailers.

        At the time of writing this game can be bought for £14.99 excluding P&P from Amazon, although if you shop around a bit, or go for a second hand copy, then I am sure you can get it much cheaper, although I would definitely advise against buying this since it really is a waste of money.

        ****Opinion****

        For older gamers Carnival Games for the DS is very poor, and I don't recommend it. I appreciate this is a game aimed at younger players, but I assumed it would also be suitable for older players, after all I thought that with so many mini games there must be a handful that require a bit of thought and skill, but I was sadly mistaken.

        As a game for younger players it is ideal and my six year old nephew enjoys playing it but only for a short while. Once he has been around the games a couple of time, which doesn't take that long, the game is instantly put down. I think this is some indication of just how boring this game is.

        What really gets me is that there is just no point to this game. There is no story line, no clear objectives and no definitive finishing point. You just keep playing the games over and over again until you have unlocked all the features and customised your avatar to how you want it. The only mission is to 'pimp you avatar'. Little girls play with dolls and dress them and brush their hair etc. and this is effectively what you're doing with your computer avatar. It is definitely not my sort of thing.

        I am amazed that the manufacturers can charge full price for this game, a game consisting of several very easy and non challenging mini games that is priced the same as 'proper' games with good graphics, great audio and missions to complete. Something isn't right here and Carnival Games for the DS is well over priced.

        When I saw this game advertised I thought it might be fun and provide a few hours entertainment but I held back in renting, let alone buying a copy and I am so glad I did. I am fortunate in that a mate had the same idea I did and went and bought a copy of the game on a whim and let me have a go. I do feel for him though especially since he put it on Ebay shortly after purchase and got back a fraction of what he paid for it.

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          07.07.2009 19:54
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          A generally weak game, looks like a rushed port from another platform

          This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Carnival Funfair Games, developed by Cat Daddy Games and published by Global Star Software. The game takes you around a funfair, playing the games at all the different stalls.

          The principle of the game is easy, work around the twenty different funfair games getting the highest score that you can. If you do well in these mini games then you've able to unlock extra content to work through, even though quite often the only unlockable content is different costumes for your character. The games do vary, but you can choose from such classics as hitting a mole to firing at a target.

          The controls in the game are poor, and it's quite hard to get the stylus to perform your desired operations quite a lot of the time. The game, which is already frankly quite a rushed job, just becomes ever more frustrating with these poor controls. Some of the mini games are really almost unplayable with these controls.

          There are some elements of the game which use the microphone, but otherwise this game looks like a bad port from another console. Although it's positive that the functions of the DS have been considered the game written to encompass them, it does all give the impression of a last minute addition.

          Possibly the most intriguing game in the package is the fortune teller, which is one of the games which involves the microphone. This is different, and the game does at least have a good range of different mini games so that they don't all become too boring. For a while, nearly all the games are fun, it's just that they're not deep enough to warrant longer-term play.

          The graphics aren't too bad, they are nothing special, but they are sufficient. The sound effects and background music are much better, and do add something to the atmosphere of the whole game, especially the spoken effects in the game.

          There is absolutely no multi player interactivity with this game, other than a limited ability to share some of the mini games almost as a demo. This really is quite poor as the majority of DS games released recently have made quite an effort with the multi player functionality, and for it to be entirely missing is disappointing. With a game such as this, there was a great opportunity to have such a function as well, which makes the omission even worse.

          The game's full retail price is 19.99 pounds, but the game can currently be bought for 9.65 pounds on Amazon. If you are happy with a second hand copy, these can be found for around seven pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of most ages.

          In general, this really isn't a very good game. Although the series of mini games are fun, especially for those with short concentration spans, there isn't enough variety to make it really fun, especially with the controls being quite difficult in places. Once you've finished the game, there's also little to make you want to come back from more.

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            22.06.2009 15:01
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            Not worth spending a lot on

            I bought this game second hand for a very reasonable price which I am glad, as I was a little disappointed by it. I had played the Carnival game on the Wii and whereas that is fun as it requires more skill and taking part, the ds version is a bit more simplistic. I think this game would be great for children but it was not very challenging for me and my boyfriend. The games that you can play are fun and are traditional fair games and the graphics and detail in your characters are good. Some games such as the metal wire one were quite tricky but they were in the minority. Once you have played all the different games, it then becomes a bit repetitive and boring, and there is not enough to make you want to continue playing to get more tokens or prizes. Overall, this game is good for children but not so good for adults.

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              24.04.2009 21:17
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              I bought this on a buy one get one free offer - and in fact the shop paid me 1p to take it away as i traded in two other DS games for the two new games while Game were doing a special offer of any two DS games traded in for £25.
              All I can say is I'm so glad I didn't actually waste any hard earned cash on this game!
              It is vaguely fun for about 20 minutes but the game play is so limited and once you have played each game a few times there is not much point playing them anymore as you don't actually get anything for getting a higher score. You win tickets which can be traded in for new clothes and things for your little person at the carnival but thats it! Whats the point?

              None of the mini games are particularly addictive so I found there is not even an incentive to keep trying and getting a better score. The Clown bash ones is probably the best and mildly addictive.

              Other games include a racing car game, target shooting, water squirting at a clown, strong man, throwing a ball in a bucket, shooting ducks, shooting hoops with basket ball, knocking down milk bottles - all the usual classic funfair games really but with fairly poor graphics and very little excitement!

              I usually use my DS on the train or anywhere else I might get bored - a few of these games you can't really play on the train! One called bubble gum involves actually blowing in the microphone of the DS to blow a big bubble (not something you can really do in public without people carting you off to a secure unit) and another one called Great Swami or something which is a bit like a fortune teller and you have to ask a question into the microphone and it will tell you a yes or no answer. Yay. Of course if you stay completely silent it still gives you an answer. Not exactly a game and not exactly much point.

              As you can probably tell I'm not exactly thrilled by the purchase of this game and will most likely take it back to Game and trade it in for a few quid. Sadly I think their offer is over now so i'll probably get about £4 for it but i'd much rather have £4 to put towards a half decent game than keep this one.

              Ok so perhaps it would appeal to kids (which is possibly the intended target audience!!)- but to be honest some of it is quite fiddley and not exactly responsive to the stylus very accurately so could equally be quite frustrating for them.

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                24.03.2009 18:52
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                good simple game

                In this game you walk round a funfair and take part in different activities,i personally really like this game because there are all different types of activities to suit everyone,there are simple games like shooting basketball hoops and harder ones like not touching the electric wire. As you get higher scores you are able to unlock different types of comedy attire for your character eg,gorillas feet or a flys head.
                This game is for all types of people,my girlfriend and i both enjoy it, although the types of activities we like on this game are quite the opposite which is what makes this game good is the range of different options. The graphics are fun and quirky and you can buy this for a reasonable price, if you like simple games that go back to basics and dont try anything too elaborate then this is probably for you.There are probably similar games on the market and this may not be your cup of tea but i enjoyed it and i would say its well worth looking at.

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