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Carnival Island PS3 Review.
If you're looking for a non-violent and fun PlayStation Move game, than Carnival Island definitely fits this bill.
Review Date: Dec 2011
Reviewer: James Wright
Carnival Island is another one of Sony's holiday games that is a
collection of mini-games (around 35) that work in conjunction with the PlayStation
Move controller. Although mini-games range from bad to mediocre and
good, most generally fall in the mediocre range.
Carnival Island actually falls into the good category but bare in mind, this game
is targeted to the casual and younger gamer. Those hardcore gamers
looking for something more substantial may need to get your gaming food
from another source because Carnival Island is not that game.
Carnival Island even contains a "story" that serves as the
backdrop of the game. The role of the gamer is to help free the denizens
of the carnival who have been trapped in balloons.
Unfortunately for the
creatures in this magical carnival, they have not had human visitors for
years and by completing mini-games, you will help free them and restore
the island to its former glory.
Best of all, the
graphics and the cinematics do help in creating a great carnival type
experience with its stylised graphics that work well with the gameplay
and the story that is used as the glue to keep it all together. I must
admit that the animation is pretty damn impressive and it looks like
some made for TV cartoon.
In the game, you control a young boy who has access to a map of the
carnival. By choosing certain areas in the map, it will open up the
area for a mini-game to completed. Each of the different areas that you
visit has its own themes and each game has around 9 challenges to
complete that does expand the traditional mini-game experience.
unlocking all the mini-games in the Carnival Island, it will not only
free the creatures trapped but also allow the island to be visited
again. You are also awarded tickets by completing the mini-games which
can then be used to purchase all sorts of "carnie" items.
other games like Mini Bowl (similar to bowling) and Snake in the Grass
which requires you to roll balls into their holes and a game similar to
whack a mole, all the titles have this real carnival atmosphere to them.
What I do like about the game is how slick the games look and it doesn't
look like a rushed title at all. Some actual thought has gone into its
though the game supports single-player, where is does shine is through
multiplayer which makes the title quite fun to play. Sharing plays a key
element in the game as the mini-games are all turn based but it does
open up the title for some healthy competition, especially when all the
family is involved. It may not be the most original game of the year but
the developers have attempted to do something slightly different from
the stock standard collection of mini-games.
Graphics / Audio
As mentioned the game is quite stylised with its graphics and is very
colourful, albeit a little simplistic at times. However this simplicity
suits the premise well and all the environments are well designed and the
mini-games look half decent.
It's definitely aimed at the younger gamer
due to its colourful nature and over the top special effects. The voice
acting is quite professional, although some characters are a little
forced and contrived. Sound effects are good and the musical score goes
well with the gameplay.
In the end, this is one of the better mini-game collections for the
PlayStation Move and if you're playing it solo, most gamers will easily
be able to finish the title in a few hours. While fun in
single-player, multiplayer is where the magic is to be found, especially
when younger gamers have their friends or family involved. If you're
looking for a non-violent and fun PlayStation Move game, than Carnival
Island definitely fits this bill. Check it out!