Among the many sports party games released for the Wii, few are as instantly accessible, well designed, and just plain fun as GAME PARTY 2, a collection of 11 backyard and gameroom activities suitable for children, parents, and even grandparents. It has nearly twice as many games as its predecessor, adds a tournament mode that supports up to 16 players locally, gives users the power to create their own avatars and earn unlockable rewards for playing well in each game, and features wonderfully intuitive controls that just about anyone ought to be able to figure out in minutes. If your family likes party games, it's a no-brainer.
The first thing most players will notice about Game Party 2 is how simple it is to start playing. Menus are uncomplicated, providing straightforward, efficient instructions and quick access to all game modes. What's more, all of the games are remarkably easy to learn. Game options include: Lawn Darts, Skill Ball, Hoop Shot, Trivia, Darts, Puck Bowling, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, QB Challenge, Ping Cup, and Beanbags. Instructions typically consist of a single screen that shows a diagram of a hand holding a Wii remote in before and after positions. Darts, for example, requires players to hold the remote like a real dart while pressing the A-button, then make a throwing motion. This shallow learning curve applies to all of the games, whether they involve tossing beanbags, sliding pucks, or shooting baskets.