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Game Party Champions

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Arcade-style sports mini-games fail to deliver the fun.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Game Party Champions wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning

Positive messages

This game is most fun when played with other players, so it encourages social gaming and getting together with friends and family.

Positive role models

This is a compilation of various arcade-style sports games, and as such there are no characters in the game that could be looked up to as role models.

Ease of play

This game features a variety of very simplistic mini-games. It is designed to be as accessible and user-friendly as possible. For the most part, players draw their enjoyment from this game not by overcoming great challenges but by playing against friends to get the highest score. Most of the mini-games use basic motion-based controls with the GamePad and some require players to use basic touchscreen controls.

Violence & scariness
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Language
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Consumerism
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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.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how video games can be a social experience. Is this game more fun by yourself or with others?

  • Does this game make you interested in any real-life sports?

  • Where do you think the line is between healthy competition and unfair antagonism?

Game details

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)

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