Hasbro Family Game Night 2

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Collection of not-so-famous board games is fun for groups.

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Positive Messages

The general theme of the game is that playing games is a good way for families to spend time together.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mr. Potato Head serves as the game's MC, and he encourages players to have fun exploring the games.

Ease of Play

Play is challenging but master-able with time.

Violence & Scariness

In a twist on the Operation game, players will "shoot" germs. In a version of Connect Four, players can "shoot" checkers out of the board. In neither case case is the "shooting" actually coming from any kind of weapon -- it's just the Wii remote pointed at the screen.

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Consumerism

The Hasbro logo is all over the game, and the five board games included all exist as offline games that can be purchased as well. It is noted that playing the original Family Game Night will unlock secret rewards in the sequel.

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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byleftbehindcrazed8 December 27, 2010

great game - lots of product placement

This is a fun game! We play it a lot. There is SO much Hasbro logos though, plus all of the games are pretty much ads themselves.

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?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Release date: October 27, 2009
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief

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