Oops! Prank Party

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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100 very short, goofy mini-games. Some fun, some less so.

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Positive Messages

Losers are mocked by being forced to wear ridiculous costumes. A laugh track can be heard after each costume change.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters here are mildly negative role models in that they dance and gloat when they win a game, grumble when they lose, and laugh at opponents who are forced into silly new outfits.

Ease of Play

The mini-games are designed so that most only require one particular action. Several of the games require very precise timing, though, and are difficult in that respect.

Violence & Scariness

There's a lot of slapstick humor to be found. The losers end up falling down in most of these mini-games. Characters will sometimes even fly forward and appear to hit the TV screen. It's all cartoonish and no one appears to really get hurt. In one game, characters run through an electrified maze and get shocked if they touch the fence.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oops! Prank Party is a silly collection of 100 mini-games (almost micro-games, as most are over in less than 30 seconds). The mini-games are played within a game-show format and losers of each round are forced to change into goofy costumes (monkey, clown, chicken, elf girl, etc.), while a laugh track sounds. The winner of each round chooses which of her competitors gets mocked.

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What's it about?

OOPS! PRANK PARTY offers a massive collection of 100 multiplayer mini-games that can be played in either game show format, board game format, or as quick one-off matches. The games vary greatly, but all are short and quite silly. Some examples: Players dressed as bowling pins dodge giant balls; players drive bumper cars on high platforms; players dodge flying objects in a haunted house; players fish for treasure with big magnets; players slice falling logs with samurai swords. There's a deep avatar-creation mode, but characters will often be forced to change costumes (usually into something ridiculous) during the game, as a penalty for losing an event.

Is it any good?

There are a whole bunch of mini-games in Oops! Prank Party that simply don't hit, usually because they're so short that if you miss pulling off the one quick action required, you're immediately out. But there are a hundred games here, and a massive amount of them are really fun, too. If you're playing one of the longer formats, you won't have control over which events you're faced with, so the overall experience can be very hit or miss. One area in which the game really shines is its avatar creation mode, which offers tons of choices and loads of room for true customization. The "pranking" of losers -- which just means dressing them up in funny costumes -- is played up for comic effect, and never really feels cruel. In fact, you may find yourself throwing an event in hopes of getting a chance to put on, say, a mummy costume.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Family can talk about good sportsmanship. This game is meant to be silly and comical, but how would it affect kids in real life if you laughed at them after they failed to win a game?

  • The game also allows you to create your own avatars. Ask children why they created the avatar they did. Do they want one that resembles them? Or one that looks completely different? Why?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Hudson Entertainment
  • Release date: October 5, 2010
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence

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