A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that New Carnival Games is a collection of 30 minigames that is family-oriented and will likely have more appeal with younger gamers. It can require more than one Wii remote for multiplayer gaming. While the game can be played as a single player, this is a game meant to be played with others.The goal is to score the highest totals possible to collect the most carnival tickets, which can then be used to buy in-game items, such as wisdom from The Amazing Zamzeer or costume extras that can be used to customize each player's character.
What's it about?
NEW CARNIVAL GAMES is a collection of 30 minigames that use the Wii remote to aim weapons or throw objects at targets. The minigames are like many of the games found on a carnival midway, but the way thegames are handled, they can feel very similar in this setting. The goal is to score high in each game, and collect carnival tickets that can be used to purchase in-game items.
Is it any good?
While the game is intended to be light-hearted fare, the overall package just does not exude the upbeat sense of fun that it could have. The games can be repetitive in terms of controls, and some of them can be quite challenging. This is an 'Ok' selection of minigames, and while each game is explained well enough, some of the lead-up moments to actually playing could have been trimmed to cut out repetition and slow-pacing. Intended for all ages, New Carnival Games may be received better with younger gamers; and it is a better game as a multiplayer title, with family members competiting against each other. While not a bad game, there are better Wii minigame compilations available.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about keeping competition friendly and fun.
Families can also learn to share time while playing a game and setting responsible time slots for playing games.
Families can also talk about the differences between playing for fun with no money involved on a home game console and the games (and prices) in a real carnival midway.
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