Ultimate Party Challenge

Common Sense Media says

Active party game almost lives up to its title.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game shows you how many calories you ostensibly burned during each mini-game, and as that is usually a very low number, the game actually puts forth the message that active gaming is no substitute for real exercise. The game also encourages group play, since it is built as (and much more fun as) a multiplayer party game.

Positive role models

The game encourages a fun active lifestyle. Losing players' avatars don't grumble and throw tantrums as they do in many other mini-game collections.

Ease of play

There's a lot of variety in the gameplay, so there are bound to be certain events that will be harder than others for each player, but on the whole, the controls are very simple. The goals you must meet in some of the one-player challenges are a bit steep, but in multiplayer mode (which is the heart of the game), there's not really anything to complain about.

Violence & scariness

There is only one out of the 40 mini-games that has any amount of violence to it, but even that is incredibly tame. Four player avatars stand in a line, facing the screen, each holding a brightly colored play sword. When cued, all the players stomp on a button. Then the screen goes dark, shows some swooshes of light, and then comes back to reveal three of the avatars falling down. Only the one who tapped first stays up. The whole thing seems set up as a pretend fight, with the avatars who fall "acting" out their demise. No one really looks hurt.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game requires a DDR dance mat controller to play. If you don't already own a DDR game for your Wii, you'll have to buy the $50 version rather than the $30 version. And although four people can all share the same mat for multiplayer contests, the game offers a "dual mat" mode for which you'd need to buy a second $20 floor mat.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this active multiplayer party game requires a Dance Dance Revolution dance mat controller in order to play. Families who don't already own a DDR game for their Wii will need to spend $20 more on the purchase of Ultimate Party Challenge. And children who enjoy the multiplayer, party-style play are likely to also want a second mat, as the game offers special "dual-mat" play modes as well. It's a hidden cost on an otherwise great game for kids.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

What's it about?

ULTIMATE PARTY CHALLENGE is a vast cornucopia of floormat-controlled mini games. Meant to be played in a group of four, these games will test players' rhythm, reaction time, coordination, and even math skills. Some of the events include: Sorting different-colored dinosaurs, shooting hoops, slalom skiing, milking cows, racing cars, riding pigs, jumping rope, quick-solving addition problems, chiseling sculptures, and performing skateboard tricks. Players can use coins won in the games to buy new costumes for their avatars.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With so many mini-game collections on sale for the Wii, it's sometimes difficult just to tell them apart, but Ultimate Party Challenge deserves to be noticed, because it really is a standout of the genre, especially for younger players. While the need for a DDR floorpad can be annoying if you don't already have one, the use of the floorpad in playing these games adds a very fun active element not present in other mini-game collections. For games in which all four players compete simultaneously, each is assigned one of the four directional buttons on the floorpad -- and everybody standing together stomping their feet in close proximitiy is actually a whole lot of fun. There's a version of the old schoolyard game Red Light, Green Light, for instance, which is played out marvelously in this manner. The great variety among games also adds a lot of enjoyability to the experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the assumption many kids are making that active video gaming can take the play of real exercise. While active gaming is certainly better than sitting on a couch, moving nothing but your thumbs, can it really be enough to maintain good physical fitness? This game shows players how many calories they've burned as a result of playing. When you've just burned, say 0.06 calories, isn't it clear you still need to do more?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99–$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:December 3, 2009
Genre:Mini-games
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii)

This review of Ultimate Party Challenge was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 8 years old March 3, 2010
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
I am just signing up for my 8-year-old. I haven't used it yet. She hasn't used it yet, either, so I can't give it a fair rating.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential Apps Guide