Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Wii Party (Wii)
Member Name: k2705
Wii Party (Wii)
Advantages: Games to suit everyone
Disadvantages: None at all
A couple of years ago I received a Wii for a birthday present, my main reason for wanting it was so that I could buy the Wii Fit game for it. Over the last couple of years I have received various games as gifts and even bought some myself. One game I received this Christmas was Wii Party, I had seen this advertised a few time on TV and thought it would be an excellent game suitable for all of the family so when I received it I was keen to try it out.
The game comes in the standard computer game style case, this is white in colour with a plastic cover going around it to protect the paper label folded around the case. The case itself is made from white plastic and the label is very colourful and eye catching, on the front of the case is a large bright pink circle with a spiky edge, written across the middle of this is the word Wii Party in large white letters. Written in the top left hand corner is the word Wii this is in grey lettering, although quite large it does not really stand out compared to the colourful pictures which cover the case. Right at the bottom of the case is a small sentence about the game stating "enjoy over 80 mini games at the party your Mii was made for", this is written within a small grey square in white lettering and again does not really stand out. The rest of the cover is taken up by bright and colourful pictures of various Mii characters taking in part of some of the games which make up the Wii Party game. The back of the case is again quite similar in that it is mainly taken up by pictures of Mii charatcers taking part in various Mini games, there are one or 2 sentences stating how the game is suitable for the whole family and is hours of fun. There is also the Nintendo logo on both the front and back of the case to show that it is a genuine product. The case simply pulls apart and opens like all computer game or DVD boxes, on one side is the disc, there is a small white button in the centre which you simply press to release the game. On the other side of the case is the instruction booklet, personally I have not thoroughly read this, but have had a quick look through it, it is one of the easiest instruction booklets that I have looked at, it is easy to follow, colourful and most of the instructions are illustrated by clear and colourful pictures.
The game is made up of various different sections including Party Games, 1 to 4 player games, Pair Games, House Party Games (2 to 3 players) and Mini games, I will explain these in detail later. The type of game you wish to play from the various sections I have listed can be selected from the Main Menu, you simply hold the hand icon (moved using the Wii remote) over the section you wish to select a game from and press the A button on the remote, this will then take you to the next screen allowing you to make various other selections regarding the game you are about to play. Each section is colourfully illustrated by a picture of one of the games included in that particular set of games. On the main menu there are 3 other options you can select these are 'suggestions' and 'Rankings'.
Suggestions - If you are unable to decide what game to play select suggestions, this will bring the games master, he is a character which wears a top hat and suit, he speaks in his own language but there are subtitles so you know what he is saying. He will ask you various questions about the number of players and types of games you like and will suggest some helpful recommendations to fit in with your answers.
Rankings - Selecting this will bring up the current scores and rankings along with the best times for some of the games and mini games where records are recordable.
When you have chosen the section you wish to play you then decide which Mii character you want to be (normally this is your own personal Mii already set up on the Wii console) and also how many players there are, this is dependant on the section you are selecting a game from but is between 1 and 4 players, the computer will fill in for the other characters if there are less than 4 players.
This is one of the selections listed on the main menu and is made up of 5 different games, these are games suitable for up to 4 players to compete against each other and make up some of the longer games within the Wii Party game.
* Board Game Island - This game is for 1 to 4 players and will take roughly 45 minutes to play. This game is like a regular board game but on the computer, it is set on an Island, each round a mini game is played to determine which player goes first, this makes playing fairer and also makes the game a lot more fun. There are other various rules which are explained as the game goes along but the general idea of the game is the same as all board games the first one to the end wins.
* Globe Trot This is again 1 to 4 players and takes about 1 hour to play. This is similar to a board game, players are given a list of destinations and have to work their way around the globe to the different locations using different methods of transport, once at a destination coins are needed (collected on the way around) to by a commemorative photo. The idea of the game is the one with the most photos wins, again their are other rules pointed out as you play. I have only played this once, it was not my favourite game but I think after a couple of goes when you know what you are doing it would be a lot better.
* Mii of a Kind - This is one of my favourite games in this section, it is for 1 to 4 players and takes between 30 and 45 minutes to play, each player has 6 Mii's and the aim is to get 2 lots of 3 Miis wearing the same colour, you swap Miis by selecting one from the middle and exchanging it for one of your own. Again the order of play is determined by playing mini games, you get various points for having 2 lots of 3 wearing the same colour, all boy Mii's or all girl mii's, the one with the most points at the end wins you can play this game with either 3 or 5 rounds.
* Spin Off - Again one of my less favourite games suitable for 1 to 4 players and takes half an hour to play, the idea of the game is to gather the most medals this is done by spinning a wheel and playing different mini games. I have only had a go at this game once and did find it a little drawn out.
* Bingo - I have never played this game but have had a have a look at the instructions to see how it is played, as with the others it is suitable for 1 to 4 players and will only take about 15 minutes to play according to the instruction booklet. It is like regular bingo and you have to match players faces displayed on the bingo balls dropped from the machine, the one who gets a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line is the winner.,
These games are designed for 2 players, me and my fiancé have played these games quite a few times and they really are quite enjoyable and a lot of fun.
* Friend Connection - This game will only take about 5 minutes to play and it really is a laugh. First you have to answer a serious of about 5 or 6 questions without conferring to see how compatible you are, and secondly you play a mini game where you have to work together. Afterwards you are given a percentage of how well you know each other, they then show you each others answers to the questions which is quite funny especially if you try to put what you think the other person will put, mine and Marks highest percentage was about 86% but we have got a lot lower, the questions are random and change each time.
* Balance Boat - Again a really good game which lasts between 5 and 20 minutes depending on how well you do. You have a boat which is floating in the sea, you are then each given a mii character to place on the boat but you must keep the boat balanced. In between each round you play a mini game, if you score the correct amount of points by working together you get a Mii character each of the same size, however if you fail then one of you gets a really big Mii and the other a really small mii making balancing the boat much harder. You have to put the right coloured Mii on the matching boat mast colour.
* Match Up - This game is also only about 15 minutes long, I have played it a couple of times but to be honest I am not very good at it. It is basically a game of pairs where you match up 2 Mii characters wearing the same colour, each one is covered by a black dress so you have to remember which Mii is wearing which colour. You have to gain hearts throughout the game and loose hearts when you guess incorrectly.
The games in this section are for 2 or more players and they actually use the room you are playing in as part of the game. To be honest I have not played all of these games much, but I think I have played each of them at least once.
* Animal Tracker - This is the game I have played the least and it only takes 5 minutes to play. You each have a remote which is laid on the floor next to each other, an animal is displayed on the TV screen each remote will make an animal noise and the first person to grab that remote wins a point, the person with the most points is the winner.
* Hide N Hunt - I think this is my favourite game in this section, one person basically hides each remote somewhere in the room and the other players have to find them, each remote will bleep every few seconds, its harder than it sounds!
* Time Bomb and Word Bomb - I have only played these games one each, you have to pass the remote around the players without setting off the bomb, in word bomb you have to think of a word that matches the word displayed on the screen. To be honest these are my least 2 favourite games in this section.
* Buddy Quiz - This is suitable for 3 to 4 players, one person is the buddy a series of questions are asked and all the players have to guess the buddy's response by pressing a button on the remote. Points are gained and the person with the most points wins.
This option will take you into another menu which is made up of a further 4 options each consisting of different ming ames. The sections are as follows
* Free Play - These games are for 1 to 4 players and each takes only 5 minutes sometimes less or more. You can pick any game from the mini game list that you feel like playing.
* Battle - Again 1 to 4 players can use this options and the games range between 5 and 30 minutes long, this depends on what you decide to play. You compete against other players by playing mini games, the first person to win 3 or 5 mini games is the overall winner. The games chosen for each round vary each time.
* Solo - These are for 1 player only and the length of the games ranges from 15 minutes to 1 hour, you travel along a road of mini games to reach you goal, mini games are played along the way.
* Challenge - The games in this section are for 1 to 4 players and the time taken to complete is between 5 minutes and half an hour. These are the most challenging mini games of the Wii Party and have to be unlocked by playing other games.
There are probably about 40 to 50 mini games in this section, there are too many to list individually but some of them consist of
Follow your face
This is just a few of the mini games and the difficulty level and length of time varies. Some of the games are very simply but are good fun especially when there are more people playing. we have played the mini games with just the 2 of us and with 1 or 2 other people, I have not played these games alone, I'm not sure whether I would find them as enjoyable alone as these are the sorts of games which really are more enjoyable and a laugh when playing with a group of you.
Other ways of playing the Mini games depend on the amount of players, certain mini games can be played in the following ways as well as the regular way of playing against each other
1player VS 3player Battle Mini games
1player VS 1player Mini games
Pair Mini games
Challenge Mini games
Some of the games can only be played in certain ways for example the ones being played in the 1 VS 3 player section are not found in the other mini game sections. There are so many different mini games and so many different ways of playing them that I am yet to work my way through them all but what I have played so far I have been impressed with and have found them very enjoyable.
Who is the game for?
Basically anyone, very young children may struggle with the games but Wii Party really is a game for the whole family. Our Wii Party game got a lot of use over Christmas we have played it with just the 2 of us (Mark and myself) as well as with other members of the family of different ages. None of the games are very complicated so even people who are not computer minded will find this easy and enjoyable to play. The Wii party game is ideal for a night in with your partner, friends or family, there is something for everyone ranging from interactive games using the whole room or less energetic ones. We find that you can easily pass a couple of hours playing the different games and do not get board or play the same game twice (unless you want to)
Now I am not sure where my game came from as it was a present but it can be bought from most computer game shops as well as various places online including Play.com, I found it on Amazon for just £26.87, personally I feel this is an excellent price for this game, there is so much involved with it and so much to do. It is not the sort of game that once you have completed all sections you will be board of it and not want to play it again, I have found that you really do get your moneys worth out of it. It can also be purchased as part of a package which includes a Wii remote and the game. As with most things the price does vary a little depending on where you buy it from
I would definitely recommend this game, it is ideal for the entire family, people of all ages can play, there really is something for everyone. it is not overly expensive, compared to other games I have played I would say that Wii Party is well worth the money. I would recommend this to anyone and feel that most people would find it enjoyable and a fun way to pass an evening.
Summary: A good game for a family night in.
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