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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
To get to the party games, you must first decide to help townspeople in their quests; in a way, all of the games within the game are rewards for being a good samaritan.
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Part of the popular Mario series of games (and more). Some multi-player options require GBA Game Paks.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the fun here has little to do with plot. But the storyline briefly introduces a good vs. evil theme, and players are encouraged to help townspeople along the way. The game has multiplayer options that allow kids to compete, as well as trade Mini games and gadgets. Parents should note that the massive number of Mini games won't do much to strengthen short attention spans.
Is It Any Good?
While this version's focus is on the single-player mission, players can join with friends and play against each other in a variety of ways (one duel allows up to 100 people to play at once on a single GBA). Players can also transfer Mini games and gadgets to others. On the downside, once players have completed all the tasks in Party World, playability is limited to the Mini games, which won't keep their attention for more than a month or two.
The strength of the Mario Party series isn't in its cleverness (like the Wario Ware games), but in its multiplayer competitions. Unfortunately, Mario Party Advance, especially when using multiplayer modes, is a lot more fun and immediate on the big screen; Mario Party 4, for example, makes for a great party game. Mario Party Advance is a decent miniature addition to the family, but not as fun as its big-screen counterparts.
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