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Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Too-difficult controls dampen what could be family fun.

Game Nintendo Wii 2010
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Family Party: 30 Great Games -- Winter Fun has play controls as cumbersome and complicated as its overlong title. Mini-games work best when the action is handled by one or two specific buttons or movements, but many of these events have three screens worth of instructions. A prime example: In cross-country skiing, you use the B and Z buttons to steer while going uphill or on flat ground, but you steer by tilting the remote and nunchuk while going downhill. Why two forms of steering in the same mini-game? Some of the more interesting sounding events, like "Penguin Drift," "Santa Claus," and "Wish Upon a Star," are locked and may never even be seen unless someone can get good enough to win the Challenge modes and unlock them all -- which is a tough proposition. If you can handle the difficulty, though, there is a generous selection of events available, and the game has a fun concept and really nice look to it.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Release date: February 2, 2010
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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