“ Genre: Family / published by: Nintendo „
My son desperately wanted "Wii Party" for christmas, he'd played it at his friends house and was forever telling me how "Awesome" it was. So, being the good mother that I am (Yeah right) I looked into getting it for him. I logged straight into ebay and scanned the lists of Wii games, I found Wii party, a little expensive I thought, so I continued looking, I then came across this game "Family Party", now I usually check out a product what ever it may be, before I commit myself to buy. On this occasion, being pushed for time and wanting my son to have a party game for the Wii, that he so desperately wanted, I went ahead and purchased it, without checking it out. I was really pleased with myself as it only cost me £12.00 where as "Wii Party" cost around £30.00. What a saving.
Well christmas morning came, he knew from the shape and size of the present, that he'd got what he wanted. How wrong could I be, his face was so full of disappointment, I could have cried, and when we checked the game out, we both cried.
The box is the usual white, Wii game box colour, printed across the front is the game name "30 GREAT GAMES, FAMILY PARTY. The game is for ages 3+ there are several pictures of some of the various games you can play. on the back it shows a few more pictures, stating that up to four players can play. With the usual blurb about the software, publisher e.t.c.
The game was published in 2008.
Inside the box you get the game disk, and an instruction booklet.
After inserting the disk, getting started is pretty much self explanatory, you follow what it says to do on screen. You don't need any extras such as a nunchuck or Wii motion plus, you just use the basic controllers.
The game can be played in "challange" 1 player or "battle" up to 4 player mode.
The main menu screen displays four main options, Challange, Battle, Record and Options.
Challange: Play each area straight through to unlock more games and areas.
Battle: Pick which games to play and the number of players.
Record: View the top 5 scores for each game.
Option: Takes you to the options menu.
You get 4 different characters to choose from, whom you play as, throughout the games.
The music supporting the individual games is somewhat poor, quite tacky sounding.
There is a tutorial for every game and instructions on how to play them.
The individual games are of Skill, Speed, Coordination, Memory and Strength. Games such as running, climbing ropes, cutting logs e.t.c. I'm sure you get the picture.
You can pause the game, but the best option I found with the game is that you can quit it!
--Our experience playing the game--
As soon as the game loaded up and was ready to play, I was disappointed, you have to use the four characters within the game, you can choose which you want to be, but you get a choice of a little boy, a teenage girl, a granny or a funny looking bloke, not a lot of choice there. The games are so difficult to play, even after the tutorial, the game just seems to have a mind of it's own, no matter what you do with the controller.
Needless to say we were not having much fun, we ploughed through the 30 great games (not) but we couldn't find even one, we were happy playing.
--The Moral of my Story--
Check out every detail of anything and everything you intend on buying before you go ahead and buy. I know it was only £12.00 I wasted, but it could have been a lot more money. I usually always check things out, and the one time I don't, look what happens.
I felt so guilty for being a cheapskate at christmas, that recently I have purchased "Wii Party" and we have had so much fun playing it.
The game is rubbish, if your looking for a great Wii family game, this is not the one to buy. It's serves me right really, the game I should have bought for around £30.00 has ended up costing me around £40.00.
Ahh well, we live and learn.
I gave this game 1 star as it was a total waste of money.
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