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Sports Party. Nintendo Wii
** Sports Party **
When I first got my Wii it came with Wii Sports as all Wii packages do. After a couple of weeks of playing Wii Sports I decided I quite liked this sports on the Wii theme and decided to have a look around at some other sports games available. At the time there weren't too many so I finally decided on Sports Party.
My decision was due to the game having 7 different sports which in my mind was good value for money and they were all different sports to the ones featured in the first Wii Sports game.
** In The Box **
Sports Party comes as most wii games do in a normal white case, the size of a DVD case, contained inside the box is a game disc along with an instruction manual for the game and also a separate manual containing safety instructions. The game instruction manual is written in English and is very clear and simple to follow.
** Game play **
As I mentioned earlier the game consists of 7 different sports, playing the different sports involves the use of the Wii remote in different ways.
The first game I played was Basketball. This was my first choice simply because I thought it looked fun. How wrong I was! I had 3 types of basketball games to choose from, I chose the simplest looking one for simply throwing the ball in the hoop. The game itself took ages to load from selection to the playing screen. I figured with basketball the controls might be as simple as aim and throw the ball at the hoop, I was half right, however the time from me attempting to throw the ball and the ball leaving my players hands on the screen seemed really out of sync and I think I managed to get one shot in out of countless tries. Instantly I was no longer interested in the basketball and decided to have ago at another game on offer.
My next two choice were Lawn Darts and Horse Shoes, with regards to the way these games were played the controls were very similar. With a simple arm movement as if you were throwing the lawn dart or horse shoe I found both of these games almost enjoyable but at the same time rather boring as again they were very slow to load between turns and I was having no choice but to play against computer animated characters who took forever over their shots and wasted a lot of time. Over the first couple of days of owning this game I found lawn darts and horse shoes were games I was capable of sitting in bed playing with just a movement of my arm to control it and a bag of crisps by my side... hmm, hardly sporty really!
The one game I did enjoy more than the others was the Mini Golf. Mini Golf on Sports party is set in a jungle style setting and is easy to play and control, again it was another game I could play from the comfort of my bed though as unfortunately to take away the fun of this being a golf game you didn't have to point the remote towards the floor like in other golf games so I found I could point the remote upwards and take my shots with the same effect and often better results than when I tried to play it properly. The computer characters in the mini golf are really bad and miss the simplest of shots so if you are playing this one be prepared for some lengthy waiting times between shots.
Croquet is played in the same style as the mini golf and to be honest by the time I had played mini golf croquet was of no interest to me as the loading times were yet again lengthy and pointless. My attention span for games is usually spot on and it does take a while for me to loose interest however this game was starting to look like a waste of money... even if it was only £9.99!
The other games on offer in Sports Party are Badminton and Volleyball.
I played the badminton with hopes of it being similar to the tennis on Wii Sports. To begin with I was disappointed as this was another of the games where my swings at the shuttlecock seemed very out of sync with what my player on screen was doing. The game itself was slow paced and brought no excitement or competitive feeling like you would get with a game of tennis on Wii Sports. Again another fail for Sports Party.
So with only Volleyball left to try I wasn't feeling too optimistic and waited the usual minute or two for the game to load. My lack of optimism was confirmed when I immediately found the players hard to control and once again the remote was out of sync with what the players were doing. There are a few different moves you can do in the volleyball match with a combination of buttons and the way you move the remote, but after a few attempts at trying to do these moves I figured it was better to just aimlessly wave the remote around and see what the players decided to do as this seemed to have exactly the same effect as trying to play properly.
The thing worth mentioning about all of these games is you cannot play on your own. If there is only one human player then you must play against three computer controlled players. This is really annoying as they take ages with their turns and they are pretty rubbish players which means the games get dragged out even longer as they take more turns.
There is a lot of animation with the characters reactions to their shots as well, when you consider the amount of time it takes for the turns to load and be taken more animation is just a waste of time and simply not needed.
** Multiplayer **
Multiplayer mode is available and is exactly the same as single player mode in most games. The controls are the same and even more annoyingly if there are two of you playing you still must play against two other computer players who again take their time over turns and basically waste your gaming time.
** Controls **
The controls of the game are ridiculously hard. I think this is the main reason I decided to sell the game so quickly. In my opinion the controls could have been made a lot simpler and even with the bad camera angles and basic graphics the game would have been a lot more enjoyable, instead the difficult controls make the game frustrating and for me personally I lost interest very quickly.
** Graphics and Sound **
The graphics in the game are ok. In general the scenery in the game is quite good, but it takes ages to load between players turns and I find there are a lot of awkward camera angles which can make it a lot harder to play.
The sound is basic, I personally chose to mute the sound and have my I tunes playing in the background instead.
** Price and Availability **
I purchased this game for £9.99 but it is available in most games shops now for around £5 and to be honest I would rather save my £5.
** My Experience and Opinion **
There's not a lot I can really say about this game that I haven't already moaned about in the review. Overall I would say this game is a waste of money and recommend that you avoid it at all costs. It is frustrating, long winded and simply boring. Most of the game is spend either watching the computer characters playing or waiting for the game to load. Save your pennies and don't buy this!
Thanks for reading :)
Ain't no party like a Wii sports party!!
The sports games that you can play on the Nintendo Wii are, in my opinion some of the best and funnest games that you can play either on your own or with friends. I have a number of different sports games on the Nintendo Wii. When we originally bought it it came with Wii Sports which included some of my favourites such as bowling and tennis and after playing them for a while I decided to buy Wii Sports Party as after reading about it and seeing it offered games such as basketball and volleyball I thought these would be a fun addition to our sports theme games.
Obviously the Wii takes advantage of wireless technology and lets you play games as if you were there in the moment and in the stadium setting and spiking in volleyball, throwing the basketball or swinging away at the shuttlecock in badminton. The controls on this game in my opinion and quite good and make you feel like you are actually doing the motions that you are meant to in the real game. I know on the Wii that you can just flick your wrist and achieve the same movement but I like to play properly and actually swing when I go to hit a ball or spike when I want to play volleyball properly. This game actually has different motions when you do these moves and this for me enhances the authenticity of the game and makes it more fun.
There are actually 9 different individual games on this game which I think is a fair number for a Wii game. There's enough to keep everybody happy and for everyone to have their favourite. The nine games are as follows:
Basketball - 3 different games
Like most of the Wii sports games you can either play as an individual or have up to four players. My favourite game on here is the basketball although it did take a while to perfect my shot action. You need to hold the Wii remote upright and sort of give it a bit of a throw forwards to imitate a proper flick of the wrist basketball shot.
Horse shoes and lawn darts have the similar action as they would in real life where you sort of throw the object a bit like a frisbee to hit your target. These are probably my least favourite games as I find them a bit repetitive and boring although having said that most of this game is rather repetitive but you just get used to that.
Mini golf is probably my second favourite game after the basketball as I like any form of gold game and can get quite competitive with my husband. This golf game is not as good as the regular Wii sports golf or Tiger Woods golf but its fun to play all the little different holes that are set in a jungle scene for some unknown reason.
Like all Wii games you do not play this for the graphics. The Mii characters are pretty basic looking and move and look pretty un human like but then the Wii is not something you play for the graphics. The music is rather annoying too but you get used to that and like we do often turn the sound off and put some music on in the background.
All in all, a fun sports game with a few different sports offerings than the regular Wii sports game to keep you entertained and challenging your friends.
As a family we really enjoyed the original Wii Sports and so thought that Wii Sports Party might be similarly good.
The events in this game take place on Paradise Island and consist of: Badminton, Horse Shoes, Croquet, Lawn Darts, Volleyball, Mini Golf and three versions of basketball contests.
You have to first sign in and this takes a little longer that is usual on Wii games and it takes a few minutes before you get up and running and actually participate in a game especially if several of you are playing.
There are some really enjoyable family games which are great to play in a group where there is a vast age range, namely Mini Golf (where you can choose from eight brightly coloured golf balls); Horse Shoe where you have to try to throw your horseshoe over or near to a distant stake; and Lawndarts which involves trying to reach a target some distance away taking in to account wind direction and speed.
The other games, in particular volleyball and badminton, we found quite frustrating as it was difficult to get proper control of the participants who seemed out of synch with what the Wii remote and/or nunchuk were doing and it was a hit and miss affair to get them to work. Also, croquet and the basketball games are quite difficult to master and not really suited for little ones who were frustrated by not being able to get the ball through the hoop (it being also quite difficult for the adults!).
The fact that we don't play this game any more and are thinking of trading it in speaks for the fact that it is not one of the better sporting games you can get on Wii.
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When looking for another Wii all famiy game I really wasn't sure what to get. I wanted something that would be enjoyed by the whole family and something that would cater for the different levels of ability. A friend recommended the Wii Sports Party game to me and my family and I just couldn't wait to try it. I bought this game for less than £10 on Amazon which really was just a superb buy and for that price you just can't go wrong. Here I am now recommending this game to you as a family game!
The game itself offers a selection of mini games as it were, such as Basketball and Badmington amongst many other games. These games are well suited to 2 player action or even more. The graphics are acceptable although they could be made perhaps slightly better. I found the controls to also be really easy to master which is just what I wanted. As you can see for just £8 from Amazon I could not recommend this game more and I find it hard to fault for that price game. The last thing I would say about it though is that the game does become boring quite easily once all of the games have been played on a few times. I hope this was useful adn thank you very much for reading this!
I was given this game for Christmas, and to be honest unless you have a few players it is not great.
In fact the whole set-up of it is very confusing and can take a long time to actually get to play a game (the kids quite often ask to play something else, before we have even got started!). Not bad to while away 20 mins or so, but not much else. I don't find the controller responds very well to the game (can get quite frustrating) and the graphics are quite low quality. It has quite irritating repetitive music/tunes. However, it is quite a cheap game to buy now, so as long as you don't pay over a tenner it is not bad. Don't buy it if you are a single player though - only if you have other people to play with.
There are two games that are not bad on the disk, the basketball and the badminton. The badminton game was used at a badminton tournament I attended, and it got a thumbs up as realistic from badminton players. The basketball has various options for different games, but we always end up playing around the world, which is where you get to throw the ball from varying different postions as you move 'around the world' until you have thrown them all in the net.
This games represents the old aged adage 'you get what you pay for' - for it's price, you can have some fun, but there are better games out there.
My family got a Nintendo Wii for a joint christmas present and everyday since we have got it we have been playing on it non-stop. We have this game and I love all the different games that you have on it. For example the Mini golf on this game is great. You get to chose different courses and all of them are really fun, you can also play a tournament against friends and family for the amount of wii remotes you have. I think that because it has a wide range of games that you can play alot more people will buy this game. I strongly advise that definatly buy this game if you like having fun with family members and friends because it can be a competitive or just lots of fun with the games on it. Also it teaches the child/children how to play the sport aswell because the way you play it on the Wii is similar to what you play in real life.
I brought this game for a group of people to play from age 7 to 45 and I must say that as a family we enjoyed playing the game and with a variety of different games to choose from we were not disappointed. The games were basketball in which there were three different games from horse which is where there is a shootout between each of the players at the hoop you can move closer to the hoop and take shots from different angles. There is also croquet, which is putting a ball through a bracket, but I found this hard as the controls were not easy to use and it was really quite boring, in lawn darts you took it in turns to through a dart into the garden at a target the closer to the target the more points you got, there is also winds to compete against to try make the shot that little harder. Volleyball was a great game controls were simple and the game was great and it was all a matter of skill and timing. Other games were badminton, horse shoe and mini-golf, these games are quite basic but with a few of you they are easy to play and entertaining as the controls are easy to use for a variety of ages.
I played this game on my own and I must say that I was not pleased it was far too basic with the single player game and was not challenging so I would not recommend it for a single player but as a multi player for all ages it was a great game. You can change the level of difficulty for each of the games.
There have been some terrible write ups for this game but as I paid under £13.00 for this game on the day of its release I was not expecting the best game with the greatest graphics. If you want a multiplayer game give this game a try especially for young children.