A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
A baron's homely daughter, who hopes to win a beauty contest and marry the prince, is the butt of much mockery because of her looks.
Positive Role Models
The characters are all over-the-top caricatures of fairy tale archetypes, and as such they don't display the most positive of personal attributes. There's a whole lot of boasting and vanity from these folks, all meant to be humorous.
Ease of Play
This game is unnecessarily hard to play. The difficulty of the controls varies between minigames, but some of it is outrageously difficult. Medieval Games also features some of the most counter-intuitive movement controls (in any of the minigames that actually require your character to run around) on the Wii.
Violence & Scariness
Swords, maces, and lances are used against either other players or fantasy monsters, like ogres and dragons. Characters hit by such weapons yell things like, "Ouch!" and "That hurt!" but no one is killed. The most damage done to anyone is being knocked down. Players can also slap other players across the face to initiate a duel. Players are sometimes comically launched from a catapult to move to another place in the game world. Cows are also used as weapons, launched from catapults at opponents. One of the characters is an executioner. His profession is never mentioned, and he carries no axe (though he makes reference to it), but his job is obvious from his outfit.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is some off-color humor, mostly coming from animals -- such as a pig waving its bottom at the camera.
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Medieval-themed smack talk, but nothing profane.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while the design, setting, and accoutrements of Medieval Games are farcically fun, like the Shrek movies, the gameplay itself leaves much to be desired. Kids could easily get discouraged and quit the game. For children who can get past that, though, Medieval Games does tap into a lot of elements that fantasy-loving children enjoy. The fighting in the game is cartoonish as worst. There's also much ado about beauty as the prince seeks a bride and the king holds a pageant from which a new wife will be chosen.
Is It Any Good?
There is potential for Medieval Games to be a fun party experience, but only when the mini-games are played individually. That way, players can avoid the ones with near-unusable controls. Unfortunately, many of the games need to be unlocked through playing the three "board games." The biggest problem with the board games is repetition. Each one uses only 3 or 4 of the minigames, meaning the players end up racing horses or shooting arrows at fruit over and over again in the course of a single game. It's probably best to try the game first with a rental, to see if you're intrigued enough to want more.
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