World Party Games

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Creative mini-game collection has bizarre sense of humor.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The images of global cultures presented here are more caricatures than realistic representations of different nations. That's why you have stereotypical ninjas and sumo wrestlers to represent Japan and mustachioed pizza makers to represent Italy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The games are silly fun, but if taken seriously, they would demonstrate pretty bad behavior, like throwing food at people and sliding seals across the ice.

Ease of Play

The Wii balance board (if you have one) can be used for several of the games. In some of those cases, the balance board makes it easier to play, and in others, more difficult.

Violence & Scariness

In three of the mini games, you aim a crosshair at people onscreen and throw things at them. You fling noodles at flipping ninjas, hurl watermelons at spear-wielding (but non-threatening) tribal warriors, and toss pizzas at Italian chefs (who call out for the pizzas and then yell "delizioso!" when a slice hits them in the face).

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What 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.

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Kid, 7 years old February 2, 2010

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Dreamcatcher
  • Release date: January 4, 2010
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence

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