A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This collection of mini-games aims to provide fun for the entire family. Players will shine a flashlight on ghosts, catch falling pizza toppings, brush a crocodile's teeth, and so on. The message here is that playing a video game with a group can be entertaining.
Positive Role Models
"You" star in these games, as you can see yourself on the television screen, with your friends or family members, too. Because there are no other characters in this game, you become your own role model.
Ease of Play
Start the Party! is very easy to play using the PlayStation Move and PlayStation Eye peripherals (required). Simply move your arms around in front of the TV and the "object" you see onscreen in your hands changes depending on your task.
Violence & Scariness
What's this? An "Everyone"-rated game with a warning about blood? It comes from the swatting of cartoon bugs, which burst into green goop. Other mild violence includes zapping cartoon robots, and whacking at pinatas.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Start the Party! is a collection of family-friendly party games you play using the PlayStation Move controller. Other than some mild animated violence -- swatting virtual flying bugs (with green "blood"), whacking a pinata, or zapping cartoon robots -- there is nothing to be concerned about in this game.
Is It Any Good?
Start the Party! is good but its replayability is limited. That is, these social games are really fun when you start discovering them all (and vie for high-score), not to mention kids will love seeing themselves on the screen interacting with virtual characters, but the fun dies down after a few plays. Sure, this game is ideal for pulling out when friends or family is over -- especially if they haven't seen it before -- but the relatively short number of games, which are over pretty quickly, hurt the game's long-lasting appeal. But at least there are bonus challenges to unlock, stars to earn, and various "rounds," to try, including "quick-fire," "knockout," "winner takes all," "time attack" and "robber" -- each with different rules. Start the Party! isn't a bad game at all, especially for young kids, but you might opt to rent it over a weekend instead of spend $40 on it.
Online interaction: There is no online component to this game.
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