A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hasbro Family Game Night 2 is a collection of virtual board games here are far more focused on speed and dexterity than the strategy games that made up the original Hasbro Family Game Night. It makes this sequel far more like a traditional video game than a board game. The games are generally faster and a bit more hectic, but still fun. Depending on your kids, this could be either a positive change or a negative one.
What's it about?
HASBRO FAMILY GAME NIGHT 2 is second collection of virtual board games from the legendary toy company. In a hub world (a deluxe loft apartment), owned apparently by Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, players can pull any of five board games off the shelf to play. The games are Operation (in which players delicately remove \"illnesses\" from a patient's body), Jenga (in which players pull wooden blocks from a stack without upsetting it), Pictureka (in which players search a chaotic mural for visual clues), Bop-It (in which players press buttons and make movements in specific orders), and Connect 4X4 (in which four players challenge each other to a tic-tac-toe-like game). Each game can be played in its traditional form, or a suped up version with video game extras.
Is it any good?
The first thing you'll notice about Hasbro Family Game Night 2 is that its selection of games is not quite as classic as that in the original. There's no Battleship in here, no Boggle or Sorry. The most classic of the bunch is Operation, but that had to be altered greatly in order to translate it into video game-ness. Hasbro Family Game Night 2 is not bad, though -- it just has a very different feel to it. It's much faster paced, much more adrenaline-heavy. And there are some very nice improvements to the hub world, especially those involving Mr. Potato Head. In the last game, he was simply there as an observer. This time you can win new body parts, with which you can decorate and redecorate Mr. -- and Mrs. -- Potato Head as you go along.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of spending time together. How can playing games as a group benefit a family dynamic? In what ways is it better than individual members of a family going off and doing their own thing?
Did playing Hasbro Family Game Night 2 make you want to go out and play the board games on which this video game is based? Do you think that was Hasbro's intent when they decided to make these board games into video games?
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