Parents' Guide to

EA Playground

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Have a Wii party playing 7 recess-type games.

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What makes this compilation better than some of the other Wii party games is that up to four players can play together in a tournament format. Kids can select the number of rounds (up to 20), and then pick the order of the games, and the software keeps score. If two players are playing in the tournament, all the games can be played; but if four are playing, some of the games aren't programmed for that many players. And if a group of friends wishes to simply jump into the games and they don't want to play a whole tournament, there's a Free Play mode.Using the Wii remote to play these games works well because the controls are intuitive. To knock someone out in dodgeball, you make a throwing motion. To steer a slot car, you twist the Wii remote. But the real winner is the Kicks game, an novel four-person activity played on a volleyball court but with a tennis-height net. You kick the ball as in soccer, but set up the ball to your partner as in volleyball. However, when you spike it over the net, your goal is not to smash it to the ground, but rather to kick it into a goal.

This compilation of party games will appeal most to active kids who love the competition of games played in a playground setting. And it's the most fun when explored with up to three friends. Because of the variety of games it offers, EA Playground is one of those rare games where kids of different ages can enjoy it together.

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