A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game fosters and encourages a spirit of fun and togetherness for families. The theme is friendly competition.
Positive Role Models
As a host, Mr. Potato Head is a rather neutral role model. He's just there to be silly and have fun. But the game itself has the noble mission of bringing families together.
Ease of Play
The controls for all the games work fine and are relatively simple to learn. Some of the games have convoluted rules, though, mostly thanks to changes that were made to the original rules in order to make these board games more video-game-friendly.
Violence & Scariness
The "Clue" game revolves around solving a murder. No violence is depicted on screen, but during the set-up for the game a scream is heard in the dark and then a chalk outline is seen. Various weapons, including guns and knives, are visible in the game.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In "The Game of Life," landing on certain spaces will allow you to get married and have babies. The "babies" are simply blue or pink pegs that appear as if by magic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hasbro Family Game Night 3 is the latest entry in a very commercial series that features and promotes Hasbro board games. It has also just gotten more commercial with the debut of the Family Game Night TV series. This particular entry in the franchise features the game "Clue," which revolves around detectives solving a murder and requires the discovery of the murder weapon. Also, it is important to be aware that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of this game can be played online with unmoderated voice chat. Common Sense Media does not recommend moderation-free online communication for pre-teens. We suggest using the parental controls built into the game console to disable online communication features.
Is It Any Good?
The titles of the board games featured in Hasbro Family Game Night 3 are definitely more famous than those in the last installment of the series. Clue, Twister, Mousetrap, and The Game of Life are all definitive classics. Yet the gameplay has been so drastically altered on some of them that they resemble the original board games in theme only. Clue, for instance, has become a somewhat confusing mish-mash of moving around a board and playing reflex-testing mini-games. Twister bares no resemblance to the original game -- instead, it's a button-pressing rhythm game set as a dance contest between avatars. Shouldn't they have at least had the avatars on a Twister mat? The Game of Life plays perfectly well as a direct translation of the board game, which is why it's actually kind of annoying when you're suddenly forced to play a target-hitting mini-game. It's not that these games aren't fun, it's just that they're all a bit too far removed from their source material.
Online interaction: All three console versions of the game offer online play. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions allow unmoderated voice chat during online play, including with strangers.
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