Wii-Party is a Minigames game available on the Wii. It can be played in Competitive Cooperative Singleplayer modes.
Wii-Party is a Minigames game. Mini games come in a variety of shapes and sizes. What unites the genre is the speed with which players can pickup the games and the relativley short time requried to complete a level or two.
Wii-Party can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Wii-Party can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Wii-Party can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
Wii-Party ups the physical challenge with games that use the Wii-mote in unusual ways.
House Party still sounds like the most unusual aspect of game play, as it takes the action away from the television and turns your living room into a pivotal part of the experience. This includes:
Wii-Party offers more variety than a board game can. Although the pressure of time limits and reactions is sometimes too much tension for the kids, the grownups in our family can't stop playing it.
Since joining the electronic gaming masses (from the parched lands of board gaming) Wii Party has become our current go to game, particularly for the grown ups in out family. Once the kids have been put to bed, dinner has been consumed in front of the telly but we're bored after just one programme, it's too early to turn in and we can't be bothered to play a board game Wii Party is perfect for tired parents.
Wii-Party revels in its miniature form as it miraculously transforms Nintendo's curtailed casual gaming into something intentional and jubilant.
Like a cash strapped student in the union bar, Nintendo are the masters at nursing their assets. Although, of course, they have become so good at this they've actually made a tonne of money.
Wii-Party tested my girl gamer skills in unexpected ways. Varied minigames wrapped up in unusual collections make this worthwhile for me or my dad.
Wii-Party looks like it's an acquired taste, but as I discovered with my sisters one wet weekend, there is much more to it than a few minigames.
Wii-Party missed the multiplayer mark with too much luck and not enough fun. Some interesting ideas thread through the various modes, but never amount to enough for an enjoyable multiplayer family experience.
Wii-Party is a rather disappointing evolution of Nintendo's classic minigame collection series that lacks the polish of their best titles. Novelties such as playing hide and seek with the Wii Remote are fun, but the actual games seem to lack the usual spark.
Wii-Party's personalised board games and pinpoint minigames hooked me in to give it a go. But what I wasn't expecting was such a well though through game for all the family. Well considered game play with really clever use of the Wii for mums and families.
Being married to a gaming man is a bit of a turn off when it comes to gaming yourself. I'm happy to let him take the lead playing the latest electronic entertainment with the kids, while I get on with things I'm more naturally drawn to - Facebook, foodie magazines and good coffee mostly.
Wii-Party is an instant classic. Hand tailored minigames coalesce around board games and challenges that are as exquisite as they are playful. But more than this, it's the family pleasing design tweaks that really make this sing.
To the casual observer Wii-Party sounds like another derivative set of games cashing in on the novelty of the Wii-mote. But look a little closer and it's another testament to Nintendo's ability - and financial commitment - to following through on the Wii offering.
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