Start the Party
The latest move game
arrives on the PS3 entitled Start the Party which is another party type
game that also uses Playstation eye camera. At its heart, the game
features a collection of mini-games which some work and some just don't.
Just like all casual party games, Start the Party does target the
younger gamer, more specifically those under 15.
With up to four players, Start the Party also
features a variety of gameplay modes such as party mix which basically
randomly selects the mini games or a survival mode which requires you to
keep playing the mini games until you lose. As a single-player, the
game is a little lackluster but once again, add some people and the game
As mentioned and just like EyeToy on the PlayStation
2 these games are generally targeted
towards the younger gamer as you move your controller around like crazy
with some support from the camera and its microphone. The games are
quite easy and generally involve smashing things or pointing at things.
Kids will love it, older gamers will probably raise an eyebrow but we
tested the game for its intended market and it got a big thumbs up. It
also allowed us some peace for the "adults".
Key Features of Start the
• Use the PlayStation Move motion
controller to manipulate a variety of augmented reality objects.
• Pass your party on – get everyone
involved by sharing one motion controller with up to three additional
• Take part in a series of crazy
challenges with swords, hammers, hair clippers and fans!
• Choose from over 20 different
activities in Custom Party Mode and get your party started!
Some of the games are a little boring like bug basin'
which requires you to swat insects to something more in-depth like
rooftop rescue which is a remake of the classic game defender where you need rescue citizens from monsters and drop them off to
the hospital to safety. Although the alligator game and robot rumble
are quite fun for a little bit of time... just watch that pesky
The controls are actually quite good as opposed to
the wishy washy controls of the EyeToy...bleach. It definitely puts the
accuracy in this game and does make it more fun for both the youngest
and younger gamers. Whether the move will succeed is yet to be seen but
for Christmas, this could be the perfect title for under that tree.
Graphically, the title is a little clichéd and bland
but overall, I've seen far worse, especially on the Wii. The sounds
effects are all over the top as is the musical score that actually suits
Lets hope that
third party developers will not just rehash old Wii and EyeToy games
because the move is definitely far superior that and deserves quite a
bit more. Just be warned that one game spooky shootout may give younger
gamers a little scare if not properly supervised.