A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Supports team and competitive play between up to four players.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a simple collection of seven classic family friendly outdoor games. It provides intuitive motion sensitive controls for activities including basketball and mini-golf, and can be useful in teaching younger players the rules of less common backyard games such as croquet, badminton, and lawn darts. Note, though, that the difficulty level is surprisingly high. Because there's so few activities, most families will squeeze only a few hours of fun out of the game, making this full-priced title feel inordinately expensive.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, the game is rarely easy going. It takes extensive practice to get a feel for the force required to, say, throw a basketball a particular distance, or swing a putter with the force. There are three difficulty settings, but they only affect the abilities of computer-controlled opponents, not the difficulty of making a good lawn dart toss or a tricky croquet shot. Making matters worse, the motion sensitive interface isn't as polished or reliable as it is in a game like Wii Sports, which could lead to some frustration from casual players who expect the Wii remote to consistently interpret their movements correctly. However, the biggest hurdle to recommending Summer Sports is that it's a full priced game with just a handful of quick little challenges. The value proposition simply doesn't exist.
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