gamers the third instalment to the Game Party series with
Game Party 3 that boasts 19 different mini-games with the ability to
play up to four players in co-op mode or more particularly, 16
players in tournament mode. You may be thinking that this is just
what the gaming doctor has ordered but unfortunately... most
unfortunately, the biggest issue with Game Party 3 are the
lacklustre controls but we'll get to that later.
With that said, it
seems every developer and their dog are trying to create "party"
games and although I'm fortunate to own all consoles, the Wii is an
extremely hit and miss affair, mainly so on the miss category. Even
though this game features a plethora of mini-games from golf to hoop
shoot and even Root Beer Tapper (yes indeed Midway lovers),
it just seems to be lacking that final coat of paint which is
hampers the gameplay considerably.
Kids may enjoy the
title, provided you have hidden Mario for Wii away but for mature
gamers, the control system is mediocre at best and the games are too
simplistic. One grace of Game Party 3 is that the games are
extremely easy to play, thanks to the instructions before each game
you play and yes, I needed to know what on Earth was Root Beer
Tapper which is a drink pouring game.
Another issue with
the title is that all the games can be put into one of three
different categories with the controllers which means they are quite
similar as you play the various mini-games. Even when you're
playing, the controls just feel too sluggish and it's a shame that
the developers did not use the new control system of the Wii which
may have considerably brought this game over the line.
ability to play up to 16-players is quite impressive for the Wii and
perhaps if you have a few cartons of beers, than this game may work
in a party environment, however for us, it seemed to dull that was
matched with un-inspirational gameplay and poor controls which is a
crying shame. A real crying shame.
title is rather impressive with colourful characters, interesting
backgrounds and some occasional special effects that almost make
this look like an A1 title. The music fits the game perfectly as do
the sound effects, it's just annoying that the gameplay does not
I desperately tried
to like this game and unfortunately the developers rested on their
laurels a little too much without any real Q&A. Maybe with Game
Party 4 they'll get it right... it did have decent Wii graphics