A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Game Party Champions is a collection of several sports-themed arcade-style mini-games. This includes shooting basketballs into a hoop, completing a round of mini-golf, playing a Skee Ball-type game, and competing in table hockey or ping pong. The game is best when played with up to three other players, as everyone competes to see who can get the highest scores. There is also a single-player mode in which the player tries to become the "World Champion." There is no objectionable content in this game.
What's it about?
GAME PARTY CHAMPIONS contains a handful of mini-games, each of which is presented as though players are inside an arcade or sports bar. The different mini-games include basketball shooting, batting cages, miniature golf, and table hockey. There is a single-player mode in which one player can try to become the \"World Champion,\" but the game is mostly designed for multiple players to compete against one another. When in multiplayer mode, it is possible for players to wreak havoc (e.g., distort the screen, throw objects toward other players) on one another. During the game, one player uses the GamePad while the distractors use the regular controllers.
Is it any good?
Game Party Champions provides an adequate experience for players who want a quick and easy-to-understand game to play with their friends. This game should not be purchased for the single-player mode, which just pits players against computer-controlled opponents and has very little in the way of redeeming qualities. The miniature golf mini-game, for example, crawls at a snail's pace and the graphics are subpar. For multiplayer competitions, though, the game can be fun. Its biggest flaw is that there is a lot of waiting in between games, which hurts its reputation as a "party" game. Nevertheless, the selection of mini-games is solid, and some of them, such as the basketball-shooting game, can become downright addicting as players go for the high score. For the most part, though, the entire experience comes across as either frustrating or boring, which in turn fades the redeeming qualities that this game does have.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
- Skills: Health & Fitness: fine motor skills, movement
- Price: $49.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: November 18, 2012
- Genre: Sports
- ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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