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POSTED 22/1/14


MARIO PARTY: ISLAND TOUR

Nintendo
3DS

Are you feelin’ lucky, punk?

OK, that’s a complete savaging of Mr Eastwood’s quote, but we bet you recognised it. Anyway, hopefully you are feelin’ lucky, for that old devil called randomness is very much in control of this latest Mario Party release.

Unless you’re newborn, completely ignorant or Tommy then you’ll know what Mario’s parties are about. Mario and friends, partying! Island Tour ddoesn’t really deviate, although you do get an island tour thrown into the mix of board games that are all essentially Snakes & Ladders with wee twists. Such trips can be expensive on their own, so we’re thankful for Nintendo’s getawayical generosity.

We’re also thankful for some 80 or more minigames, which live up to the term by usually being over quickly. Still, that some can surprise – and that most offer entertainment, however fleeting - is testament to the skill of Nintendo’s gamy engineers. Erm, naturally we’re not inferring that they’re smelly, we’re talking… Oh, you know what we meant.br>
The meat’s for up to four players – a drag when you’re solo and sitting through CPU players doing their various things - and local game share’s a thing. Online against others isn’t a thing though. What a peculiar omission.

AAnyway, back to luck. After a few minutes at this party you can’t help the sneaking suspicion that it’s what this thing’s all about. Skill? Save it for other Mario games. If you’re of a more androidical Marvin-like bent you might even be suspicious of a CPU that so regularly hammers you. Hmm…

Past Mario Party games have for the most part appealed broadly age-wise, assuming ability to cope with cutesy and a Texta colour palette. Island Tour, however, is much more kiddie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, we just expected a little more ‘zing’.

Who’s “we”, sucker? Bill and Bob-omb and me. Duh!

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