Even though this game
boasts over "70" mini-games, the developers have obviously tried to be
too clever for their own good which resulted in some abysmal gameplay and graphics. Even
the cute little ball-like characters who resemble animals could not
really save this game and worst of all, the game is attempting to cash
in on the "party" game market.
The game itself boasts
three modes of play that include Challenge Ladder, 10-Pin Bowling and
Party Game. In the challenge ladder, the game basically allows a single
player to play all the various games that have been neatly categorized
into 6-main challenges. Next up is 10-Pin bowling which is just bowling
and unfortunately, not a very good one at that which is a shame as I was
looking forward to something decent in this game.
Lastly, we have the
Party Game mode that allows up to four players to compete in a variety
of different games as they share the console. To make matters worse,
there is no option for wireless but I'm not sure who else would own this
game. Even the controls in the game are fiddle some at best and the
stylus seems to be an afterthought rather than part of the gameplay.
Whether you're cooking,
bowling, attempting to use the stylus to prevent electric shocks or
attempting to unlock new content, it was actually quite a challenge to
continue playing this game which is a shame as the potential for a pass
was almost there... loosely. It's the combination of poor controls and
graphics that really interfered with the entire gaming experience.
Graphically, the title
is extremely rough and looks like it came out of the world of
shareware... 20 years ago. Some of the characters do look funny which I
give the developers that. Add in some stock standard sound effects and
music and Squeeballs Party is nothing less than memorable.
At the end of the day, I
only found a handful of the mini-games enjoyable but the problem is you
need to filter through the rest which is quite horrendous to say the
least. Sorry guys, save your