A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game promotes the notion of friendly competition among up to 16 players in the same room.
Positive Role Models
Player characters cheer when they do well and frown when they don’t. Non-player characters root on game contestants. None of the characters speak or interact with one another.
Ease of Play
All of the activities are very easy to understand. Controls are efficiently explained in a single illustration while the game loads.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the questions in the quiz mini-game reference violent acts, such as one which asks players to name which part of his opponent Mike Tyson bit during a boxing match. Also, players hit pop-up troll heads whack-a-mole style.
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Products & Purchases
This is the third game in an ongoing franchise of party games for the Wii. It features no recognizable brands.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this compilation of easy-to-learn mini-games is safe for the whole family. Most of its 19 activities are the sort of games that parents and their children might play in their backyard, basement, or local amusement center. Game Party 3 also promotes social gaming, with support for up to four players in some games and tournaments that can accommodate up to 16 players. The only activity parents might want to closely moderate is the trivia challenge. Many of the questions will be too difficult for younger children, and a couple feature references violent acts, including one that asks the player to name the body part that Mike Tyson bit off of his opponent during a boxing match.
Is It Any Good?
Until now, the Game Party franchise has been one of the better Wii Sports knock-offs, offering plenty of variation, pick-up-and-play controls, and good multiplayer options. And, to be sure, all of these statements hold true for the series’ third iteration. Controls are boiled down to a simple illustration displayed while each game loads, and we’ve been given plenty of different ways to play each of our favorite games, alone or with others.
The problem with Game Party 3 is that it offers only a handful of new games, and most of these games aren’t very much fun. Billiards is too imprecise to let players do any sort of satisfying strategizing, smack-a-troll is too simple to be fun for more than a couple of minutes, and mini-golf is just plain glitchy. The two best additions are bocce ball and croquet, both of which do a decent job mimicking their real-world counterparts. But do two new games make a $30 upgrade worthwhile? Game Party 3 is a decent value if you don't own either of the previous games, otherwise not so much.
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