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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a collection of puzzles based on the concept of destroying block structures. But these puzzles are so much more than merely knocking down block towers; they require players to use logic, experimentation, and planning to be successful. The game is great for families because there is both competitive and cooperative play. You can create your own puzzles to share with friends over the Internet, and if you are lucky, your creation might be selected to be shared with others on Electronic Arts' server. These uploaded puzzles are vetted by Electronic Arts before shared.
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What's it about?
If you missed last year's Boom Blox, one of the best family games on the Wii, you have another shot at this fabulous license with BOOM BLOX BASH PARTY. This is a set of over 400 puzzles all built around the concept of knocking down block structures. The fun and the variation come from the rules imposed on how you solve the puzzles, and the tools you are given to do the destruction. You can explore the puzzles alone, or with friends in either a cooperative or competitive mode. And you can even build your own puzzles to share with friends and others over the internet. Plus you can download the puzzles of others to play and then rate.
Is it any good?
Boom Blox Bash Party is a great game for all ages. The puzzles vary greatly from throwing balls to using a slingshot to destruct block towers. Some of the structures are floating in space with no gravity, whereas others are underwater or on land. Some even look like a miniature golf course where you sling pucks across a path to ricochet off other blocks and eventually make it to the flag pole hole.
For families with little kids, there's a cooperative mode which allows a parent and a child to work together to solve the puzzles, each using his/her own Wii remote. For teens or families who like a little competition in their gameplay, there is a robust competitive mode which uses up to four controllers. Plus, this game's creation mode is easy to master so that you can build puzzles of your own to share with others. And if creating is not your thing, you can keep exploring additional puzzles by downloading new ones created by others and vetted by Electronic Arts (who decides which ones to post for sharing).
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