Parents' Guide to

Carnival Games

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Collection of all-ages, midway-themed mini-games.

Game Nintendo Wii 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 6+

Carnival games are awesome!

age 2+

Wow this game is fun.

Wow i'm pretty impressed to be honest.There's family fun for everyone.It makes so much sense it ryhmes!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Party games are a staple of the Wii's rapidly expanding game library, and Carnival Games sits comfortably in the middle of the pack. Its collection of boardwalk-themed minigames is modest but pleasant; thanks to the familiarity of midway activities like tossing pigskins through swinging tires and rolling a bowling ball on rails into a U-shaped dip. And keep in mind that, should you start to feel frustrated because you just can't toss that baseball into the bucket, it's probably not the fault of the game's natural, motion sensitive controls, but rather a testament to its authenticity -- after all, how often do you get the ball in the bucket at a real midway? On the bright side, it might just teach your family a lesson about the odds of winning a real world carnival game (and help save a bit of money on your next trip to the fair, to boot).

Still, some players have a low tolerance for games that depend on luck, as many of these minigames do. It can be frustrating to watch your coins repeatedly bounce off the plate as you toss them when those of other players inexplicably stick in place. What's more, Carnival Games suffers from a distinct lack of depth. It has no story, offers just a few simple modes of play, and there are no long-term goals other than reaching the top of the leader board. It can be fun for a while, but it's unlikely that Carnival Games will become a regular part of your family's gaming regimen.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Global Star Software
  • Release date: August 27, 2007
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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