What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this silly collection of international-themed mini-games presents kids with a parody of global culture, not the real thing. Kids should not go into this game expecting any sort of multicultural enlightenment. It is possible that some people could be offended by the representation of South American tribesmen as mask-wearing warriors, or of Asian people having thin-slit eyes. In one mini-game, the player controls the invisible "hand of Buddha" and uses it to swat away distractions that might bother the meditation of three monks. Also, ignore the fact that there's a carnival barker on the cover -- the game has nothing to do with carnivals.
What's it about?
WORLD PARTY GAMES presents players with a selection of goofy mini-games within a trip-around-the-world scenario. Some of the mini-games include: A foot race up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, a Mexican donkey race in which players must not spill jugs of water they are carrying, taking photos of the Statue of Liberty through a crowd of tourists, tossing pizzas to Italian chefs, sumo wrestling, playing drums for a raindance, helping monks meditate, throwing noodles at ninjas, trying to stay atop a bucking mechanical camel, and playing the sport of curling with seals instead of pucks. Up to four players can compete together.
Is it any good?
The main thing WORLD PARTY GAMES has going for it is originality. There are a lot of mini-game collections out there for the Wii, and many of them duplicate the same types of games that other collections offer. But we don't think there's another game out there that features Seal Curling. The idea of a game based around trying to steady a camera on a rocking boat and snap a shot of a monument through a crowd of tourists is also quite unique. And watching over meditating monks to make sure nothing disturbs them? There are some very interesting ideas in here. And while some of the games aren't entirely original, like the rain dance rhythm game, they're generally well done. A few of the games don't hold up as well, like one in which you have to cross a rope bridge, tightrope-style -- the controls are too sketchy on that one -- but on the whole, this is a solid collection.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the differences between the countries depicted in the game and their real world counterparts. Which aspects of a country in the game are realistic and which are exaggerated or stereotypical? Parents can use the game as a jumping off point to research and learn more about any of the specific global regions in the game.
Why do games frequently use misleading or offensive stereotypes to represent characters?