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My Sims Party is a game for the Nintendo Wii console which is suitable for over 3's so it is one that the whole family can play together. It is an Electronic Arts game which was released in 2009.
I got this game used as part of a 3 for £10 deal.
When starting the game you can choose to play in festival mode or play mini games. The games are for between 1 and 4 players. You can choose to use an existing character or create your own. If you opt to create your own you can choose the characters name, hair colour, glasses, face paint and more. You will then assign your character skill points in categories such as speed and stamina.
When playing in festival mode you will start in your sims home, you can wander around and exit the house and go in to town and talk to other sims or join a festival. The first festival you play will consist of 3 mini games. You will choose team mates to help you in the festival and you will be able to play the game using one of your team mates or your own character. Each mini game will require a different skill, for example racing games will need speed so you can choose the team mate with the most skill points assigned to speed.
By completing festivals you can unlock new team mates available to select, power up items to increase your skills, monuments for your town and new festivals.
Sometimes a surprise event will pop up where you will select a mystery card which may give you more power ups, decrease your skill or be a blank card.
The festivals are made up of the games which are in the mini games menu. If you want a quick game or to be able to choose which game you wish to play you would be better off selecting the mini games, each festival is made up of random games and you must complete the festival to save your game by using the pause menu (+) button. As you unlock harder festivals, they will have more events and games and will therefore take longer to complete.
The mini games are very mixed and there are plenty of them, here are a few examples (I can't remember all the names so they may be slightly different):
Pieces of paper are blowing around everywhere, you need to use the arrow buttons to run around to pick as many up as you can trying to beat the other teams' scores. The other teams will be trying to pick the paper up at the same time so you have to try not to bump into them as it will slow you down. The game ends when all of the pieces of paper are collected and the player who picked up the most paper will win the mini game.
A pizza will be shown in the centre of the screen with various toppings on it. A picture of a pizza will be shown for each player and you need to point to the ingredient that is missing and drag it onto your pizza to match the original image. The person who does this fastest will get a point and the first to 3 will win.
You have a watering can and will need to run over to seedlings and water them until they blossom into flowers before running onto the next one. The person who waters the most flowers will win.
Set out like a gameshow, the host will ask questions and the first to answer correctly will get a point. The first to 3 wins. The questions are simple and multiple choice for examples balloons will float across the screen and you will have to count the blue balloons or an image of an apple will be shown and you are to select the matching image from a choice of 4 below.
I think this is a game aimed at young children, the games are simple enough for them to play yet difficult enough to challenge them and keep them interested. There are also a lot of mini games so there are a lot to try and should keep them entertained for some time. As you can select which games you want to play you don't have to play the games you dislike or may be too easy or difficult and can just select your favourites from the menu.
The only thing that doesn't make sense is the 'sims talk'. The instructions are written on the screen for you to read, but the characters talk in sim language which nobody outside a games console can understand. I know a 4 year old who would love these games, but would not be able to read the instructions yet if they were read aloud by the character on screen she would understand them without any trouble. This means that for children who cannot read well, they will need somebody who can to read to them. The over 3's age is suitable for the gameplay, but they can't realistically play without help.
If you have a couple of young children of similar ages and abilities they would probably have a great time competing against one another.
I don't think this is a game adults would enjoy. I gave it a go but was bored in a short time as the games are too simple and short with many lasting under a minute. I will be passing my copy on to a friend who is a childminder and I'm sure the children she looks after (aged between 2 and 6) would really enjoy this.