Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade

 
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Learning(i)

Compilation of family mini-games is mostly a bust.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game encourages the idea of playing together with friends and family. In addition, some of the mini-games require teamwork so players need to cooperate in order to be successful.

Positive role models

This game does not contain a storyline or any sense of character development. It is all about the mini-games.

Ease of play

Most of the mini-games are very simple and straightforward. The exceptions are the handful of mini-games that have clunky or unusual controls which seem either counterintuitive or not responsive.

Violence & scariness

A couple of the very cartoon-style mini-games contain rockets and/or explosions, but players never inflict violence on other characters.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade is a compilation of 30 mini-games. Most of the mini-games are played with the Wii Remote controllers, but there are a few scattered "bonus games" that are played on the Wii U GamePad. This is a multiplayer game for four players; if there are fewer than four people, then the other players are controlled by computer opponents. A couple of the mini-games involve explosions but other than that there is no real depiction of violence. Most of the mini-games are based on speed and puzzle solving.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • time management
  • working efficiently

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

What Kids Can Learn

Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • time management
  • working efficiently

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Raby

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What's it about?

Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade contains, as is evident by the title, a total of 30 mini-games. Players can compete in these mini-games in a freestyle mode or they can take part in a structured competition that tallies up everyone's score from a series of back-to-back mini-games. Most of these exercises involve solving puzzles or completing simple tasks as quickly as possible. Others are more cutthroat player-versus-player games. Almost all of them require the Wii Remote controllers instead of the Wii U GamePad. During competitions, players are able to customize their own avatar. New customization options are unlocked as players play more mini-games.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

FAMILY PARTY: 30 GREAT GAMES OBSTACLE ARCADE boasts a substantial number of mini-games. It is unfortunate, however, that almost all of them are just not fun. There are a handful that provide a modicum of enjoyment, like a kayak racing mini-game and cardboard cutout target shooting. The majority of the experience, though, is made up of tedious load times, mini-games that have an unnecessarily slow pace, and frustration over poorly executed or incomprehensible controls. This is all compounded by the fact that the game makes very little use of the innovative GamePad controller. In fact, for the vast majority of the game, the GamePad is literally useless and cannot be used to control the game. It is not a train wreck, but it should not be a recommended title.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how video games can be used to help with social interaction. Is this game more fun alone or with friends?

  • Which mini-games are your favorites? Which are your least favorites? Why?

  • Do any of the mini-games require skills that you have learned in school?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii U
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:December 4, 2012
Genre:Mini-games
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii U)

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