New Carnival Games

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Midway arcade games best played in a family setting.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

There is some encouragement even with minor success and the general tone of the title is upbeat and fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The minigames are hosted by a carny, and the general tone is quite positive and encouraging.

Ease of Play

The instructions are presented in a clear manner within the game. The games themselves use a finite set of motions that utilize the motion controls of the Wii remote and many of the games have the same control set. While the games themselves are easy to understand in terms of how to play, achieving the top scores possible is a challenge. Up to four players can participate on the same machine. Some games are played in turns, while others split the screen for timed, simultaneous participation. The object is, of course, to register the highest score.

Violence & Scariness

New Carnival Games attempts to emulate the games that one might see on the midway at a carnival, which means tossing beanbags at targets, or shooting at targets and so on.


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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy October 16, 2012

Carnival Games is back and better than ever!

This is a great game! Just as good as the original! SO MUCH FUN! I LOVE IT SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO MUCH!
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 January 11, 2012

Decent game that's easy to play

I bought this game and I think it's a decent game, and is very easy to play. I haven't played it with other people, but I think it'll probably be... Continue reading

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.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: 2K Play
  • Release date: September 21, 2010
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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