What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a good amusement park simulation game with very little objectionable content. Parents can expect to see non-bloody first-person shooter action in some of the Mini games, and cheesy pick-up lines that have slight sexual undertones while the protagonist talks with some park guests. Since the game is mostly composed of Mini games and has a strong multi-player mode, it is a good game to pick up and play in short chunks of time.
What's it about?
The main attraction of THRILLVILLE is the 20-plus Mini games it is based around. From Dance Dance Revolution-style games used to train park entertainers to trampoline games with Tony Hawk-style moves, Thrillville has a full midway of tried-and-true game genres. The single-player mode has a thread of a story --essentially the protagonist's slightly eccentric Uncle Mortimer needs help managing his five theme parks. By completing objectives, such as challenging guests to a Mini game or building specific rides, players can advance to the next, more difficult park.
Is it any good?
Most of the Mini games are extremely well done, with more depth than would be expected. A few games suffer from slightly clunky controls. For example, it can be a challenge to aim during the shooting gallery and first-person shooter games. A great feature is the included multi-player mode.
The game might make players a little nauseated when it comes to interacting with park guests. Chatting up other teens to become a love interest is an adventure in some of the cheesiest pick-up lines heard on this side of a Ferris wheel. Even non-romantically charged conversations become a bit tedious as the originally interesting factoids and phrases get overused as the game progresses.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why amusement parks are so much fun. Can a video game do the experience of visiting a theme park justice? Is it all together different experience, or are there some similarities?