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The 2007 Wii Action video game

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Nothing Great

  • Nov 11, 2007
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The game is an assortment of minigames designed to replicate the experience of a carnival. The game is ok, but laking in many areas. First of all, there is nor replayability in this game. Once you figure out how to beat a game, you will get it just about every time. Many of the games, like in real life carnivals, are just about impossible to win. Cutting out all the games that require a great amount of luck without any real strategy, you only have about 5 decent games.

The only point of single player mode is to get prizes, which obviously don't exist except in the game. So your only choice is to play games based mostly on luck about 50 times until you get lucky and get the prize. The prize which you can look at, but serves even less purpose than Microsoft Xbox's gamer points. (At least those other people can see too)

In multiplayer, you can pick a minigame, which are very roughly characterized in an overdone menu selection screen that depicts signs and pictures that, if anything, take away from the overall game quality. Or, you can randomly pick 5 games, and whoever gets the most points from all 5 is the winner. However, since half the games involve mostly luck, you will find many of the games show one person getting 1, and everyone else getting 0. Furthermore, very few games let you play at the same time, which draws out the length of the game (especially with 4 people playing) You have to watch each person do there turn in between each of yours, which makes the very simple tasks this game involves even more tedious. It also pretty much takes away the multiplayer function of the game, and makes it feel not so much multi player anymore.

Many of the games are glitchy too. I have seen about three games where accidentally doing something causes the game to jam and makes it impossible to win or even play. And mind you, I have only picked up the game a few times, it's not like a play it alot.

If the game really wanted to be good, a real multiplayer, better unlockables(as opposed to one super game unlockable from each area, have more, and perhaps have the games have different properties) The menu screen would have to be redone, and the characters should integrate miis. If they wanted to have there own characters you design, they should have a least made some of the designs not butt ugly. (Or at least have on of the unlockable items be a bag to put over their head)

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review by . February 23, 2010
Simple Fun For The Whole Family
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.   …
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!
review by . December 29, 2008
This is a fantastic game that the whole family can play together. There is so much to do it never gets old. Just to name a few games, there is alley ball, test your strength, milk bottle throw, darts, dunk tank and so much more. All of the games use the motion senser in the controller. You can play solo or multiplayer up to 4 people. This is a very good game and I give it 5 stars.
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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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