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Island Sports Party: Summer Sports 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Overpriced party game is a grab bag of mediocre activities.

Game Nintendo Wii 2008
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A quartet of entertaining activities can be found among Summer Sports 2's dozen mini-games. Bocce ball is a faithful recreation of the classic backyard ball tossing game and features intuitive motion sensitive controls. Archery is similarly enjoyable, requiring a degree of skill in judging distance and wind, while the short and fast-paced target football challenges can prove surprisingly exciting. And an innovative slam dunk competition, which has players moving their remotes and nunchuks in accordance with onscreen cues to execute spectacular baskets before being judged by a panel of rocks, is sufficiently different from all of the other events to act as a nice change of pace.

However, for each fun game there are a couple of failures. Computer-controlled opponents in most of the basketball games are remarkably inept, and the motion controls for the shuffleboard games are annoyingly insensitive. Mini-golf is passably entertaining the first couple of rounds, but the holes start to feel too easy too quickly. And Summer Sports 2's version of soccer is, unfortunately, just too simple to satisfy anyone with a passion for the Beautiful Game. When it comes to party game collections, we're almost always provided a grab bag of good and bad. Four fun games out of 12 might be acceptable in a budget title with a $20 tag, but Summer Sports 2's suggested price of $40 makes it one of the more expensive games in the genre. Wait for the bargain bin.

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