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Simple Fun For The Whole Family

  • Feb 23, 2010
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If you're a fan of big name video game titles, this game may not even come up on your radar. But if you are someone who enjoys simple yet entertaining video games, Carnival Games is right up your alley. Carnival Games is a title that encompasses all of the fun and famous games you can find at your local carnivals and theme parks. From Skeeball to Shooting Hoops and even the classic Test of Strength, you will find yourself immersed in 25 simple, yet addicting minigames from your childhood.

The best part about Carnival Games is that everyone in your family can enjoy it. While in real life, a 6 year old might find the Test of Strength near-impossible, Carnival Games translates this into a simple and fun concept. Instead of swinging as hard as you can, strength is built up by shaking the Wiimote. So everyone can join in the fun while finding new ways to win prizes. Each game has a unique way of using the Wii peripherals. For example, shooting hoops uses the classic "overhead" motion of the Wiimote, similar to how you might shoot a basketball. However games like spraying water into the clowns mouth to pop the balloon is accomplished by building pressure in the gun by shaking the Wiimote. Then there are the more difficult accuracy games like throwing the football through the tire, where you have to push the Wiimote accurately toward the target on the TV. But through these different controls, you will find yourself having a blast.

Carnival Games has 2 different modes, single or multiplayer. In single player mode, you compete for tickets and prizes. Win several small prizes, and you can trade them in for a big one, just like at the carnival. Also, you have a chance to trade tickets in for other minigames like the "claw" where you control the big overhead claw to pick up a prize from behind the glass. In multiplayer mode, you can have a competition of several games, or compete head to head in single games.

From my experience, multiplayer mode is what makes this game fun. I've played this at parties or at family get-togethers. My friends and family love getting into the action and competing for fun. But keep in mind, the games are very simple, so you won't find yourself immersed in the action for long.

Now, depending on what you are looking for, Carnival Games might or might not be for you. I wouldn't suggest spending full retail price on this game because it's a very simple game, and It's not worth passing up the big name titles for. However, if you can find it on sale or used, it's definitely worth having if you are into family fun or party games.

Overall, Carnival Games is a title you will definitely enjoy if you like small minigames that the whole family can enjoy. But don't expect too much depth from this title. You can probably have just as much fun, if not more spending a day at the Carnival.
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February 26, 2010
I totally agree. Carnival Games is a pretty good with a bunch of different games, but for some of the games they can get old fast. Multiplayer is a lot more fun. You need a group for some real competition. Overall, I'd rather go to the midway and try to beat the carnies.
February 23, 2010
Aw, that's a bit disappointing to hear considering I love Wii and I love real carnival games, but I feel your sentiments exactly because I like my games to be a bit more elaborate with a storyline. Thanks for sharing, Paul. Great review!
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Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
This game gives you the feel of the carnivals that travel - milk can toss, knock down the clowns, darts and oodles of more games from the frog toss and the big hammer trying to get the peg up the highest. If you like carnival games, this can be a bit fun, but you can tire of it easily and quickly. It's good to come back to after a few months! You can earn differing levels of "prizes" which can make it fun with the younger kids!
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I'm a web and graphic designer living in Long Island, NY. I'm a big car fan, and love football and hockey. I'm also the founder of Wii Fitness community,  
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Carnival Games (known in Europe and Australia  as Carnival: Funfair Games) is a video game for Nintendo's Wii console and the Nintendo DS. It was published by Global Star Software, before GSS was absorbed into Take-Two Interactive (and what is now 2K Play).

On March 13, 2008, 2K Play announced that the game had shipped over one million units. As a result of the original's success, a follow-up for the Wii was announced, and launched in the fall of 2008, titled Carnival Games: Mini-Golf. A proper sequel, Carnival Games 2, is currently planned for sometime in 2010.
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Number of Players: 1-4
Publisher: Global Star Software
Developer: Cat Daddy Games
Console: Wii
Genre: Action
Release Date: August 28, 2007
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