A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
All seven minigames are at their best when experienced as a group of two or more players.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a family-friendly party game composed of recognizable rumpus room activities, including air hockey, darts, and shuffleboard. While it can be played alone, it is best enjoyed in groups of two to four players. The content is safe even for very young children, but some of the games -- particularly the trivia challenge, which features questions about history and sports that even well-educated adults may have trouble with -- probably won't be enjoyed by most kids.
Is It Any Good?
There's little to distinguish Game Party from other minigame assemblages currently available for Nintendo's little white console. The uninspired visuals, composed of blocky characters and generic arcade settings, compare poorly to those of many other games in the genre. And without any sort of career mode or narrative, there's little reason to boot up the game unless you can find a few family members or friends interested in playing with you.
But at least the minigames are more or less well designed. The surprisingly challenging trivia game is good fun for older quiz game fans. Our testers also enjoyed shuffleboard, which, despite its sometimes buggy controls, proved an engaging game of strategy. But the deepest of the minigames is darts, which offers half a dozen classic, point-based challenges that fans of the real world game will recognize, including 701 and cricket. It also makes the most nuanced use of the Wii remote, accurately detecting and translating slight shifts in wrists and fingers with each toss. If no one in your family is an avid fan of any of Game Party's classic games, you may not get more than an hour or two of play out of it. Still, that's not a terrible deal for a game that costs just $20.
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