What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rio is a party game for 1-4 players based on the animated film of the same name. Players participate in more than 40 mini-games featuring characters and situations from Rio across 5 different modes, including one that follows the movie's story. Some mini-games involve players having to hit each other with mud and pieces of fruit, but it's all done in a cartoony manner and no one actually gets hurt.
What's it about?
Kids play a variety of mini-games inspired by the Rio movie such as marmoset bowling, fruit collecting, and bongo-drum playing. There are five different modes that give you access to the mini-games, including one called "Party" mode. Under "Party" mode there are four sub-modes to choose from, including versus, two team-based play modes, and a quiz mode that asks questions from the movie. If you select the story mode, it narrates the events of the movie as players unlock more locations by winning mini-games. The mini-games are easy to learn and suitable for kids aged 6 to 12 or so.
Is it any good?
Rio's lighthearted vibe and fun collection of mini-games make it a great party game for the younger crowd, whether or not they've actually seen the movie. Although there's not as much variety in the mini-games as you would find in a series like Mario Party, none of them are particularly difficulty or tricky, and the controls are straightforward. All in all, this is a very accessible collection that should appeal to kids in the same age range as those who saw the movie.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the multiplayer aspect of the game. Is it more fun to play with friends or the computer? Is it more fun to play against each other, or join forces on the same team?
Do you think the game would have been as much fun if it had been a different genre, such as an action platformer or a music game?
How well did the game represent the movie? Would the game have been as much fun if it wasn't based on the Rio license? Do you think this game is a form of marketing?