Hasbro Family Game Night

Common Sense Media says

Classic board games and variations transfer well.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a video game that encourages socialization around playing games together.

Ease of play

Ease of play varies by game. Connect 4, Boggle, Yahtzee, and the Sorry Sliders games work well; but Sorry and Battleship could use some improvement.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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Consumerism

This video game is based on 5 famous board games from Hasbro: Connect 4, Yahtzee, Battleship, Sorry, and Boggle.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a video game in which classic board games can be played on the Wii. Mr. Potato Head acts as your game host and cheerleader. This is a game that encourages socialization while playing video games.

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What's it about?

HASBRO FAMILY GAME NIGHT is a compilation of traditional board games and wacky variations for families to play together on the Wii. With Mr. Potato Head acting as the game host, families can play Boggle, Yahtzee, Battleship, Sorry, Connect 4, and the brand new Sorry Sliders. The game also has a Party mode which consists of between 10-30 rounds of minigames based on the board games.

To play most of the games, you use the Wii remote as a pointer and pick up game pieces by pushing the A button. In Yahtzee, you'll also shake the dice by waggling the Wii remote. For the Sorry Sliders, you flip the Wii remote toward the screen to make Sorry pieces slide toward the center in a shuffle-board-type game.

Is it any good?

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Connect 4, Boggle, Yahtzee, and the Sorry Sliders games work well on the Wii. Their variations are wild and exciting. For example, in one of the Connect 4 variations, some of your game pieces have special attributes like chips that blow up others on contact or ones that move an entire column down one space. And the minigames in the Party Mode are short but zany—great fun with up to 4 players. However, the games of Sorry and Battleship don't fare so well on the Wii. You'll miss being able to study the game board in Sorry, and in Battleship, the repetitive graphics get boring. Plus the targeting is cumbersome.

So, here's the bottom line: If your family enjoys board games and would find wacky versions of classic board games interesting, then this is a good fit. Likewise if your family would like a little friendly competition involving minigames using these game boards, grab this title. It is also good for kids who like to play board games but can't always find a playmate -- with this game, both Mr. Potato Head and virtual playmates are always available. However, if you simply want to play traditional board games, do it on your kitchen table instead.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which board game or board game variation they liked best. Is it more fun to play these classic board games on the Wii or around the kitchen table? Why? Which variations did you like best?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, Mac, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DSi
Price:$30-40
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 11, 2008
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 9 years old April 6, 2011
Kid, 11 years old August 28, 2010
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Boring, just boring.

This game is really boring. out of the 5 or 6 minigames none of them are actually FUN and sorry and sorry sliders are just confusing for me. I'd rather go out and buy all the games in this game then put up with this. I think it's a little hard since the CPU is really good at all the games and when I play with my friends we get bored after 5 minutes because of the lack of depth. All this is are a few board games, nothing more, nothing less. PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. But seriously, 40 bucks for 6 minigames? Are they trying to steal your money or something? All in all, i rate it 3 out of 10.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byWizzyTicky October 2, 2013
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8
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Fun To Play!

This is one of the funniest games because it is for the whole family and it is very entertaining. I have played it and I believe it is a great game.
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