We’ve always wanted to casually drop the word ‘urolagnia’, but
Nintendo made it too easy this time for it to amuse us. Wii Party
is, of course, a grab sack of party games – and what an utterly
bulging sack that grab sack is...
Hosted by a Muppetesque character named ‘Party Phil’, who looks
suspiciously like Ernie’s mate Bert in his spiffiest Pride gear (and
apres eyebrow wax), Wii Party certainly delivers on what it
aims to do – pumping your Wii full of diversions for up to four
people. Mind you, due to the time spent on most pursuits it’s not so
much a party favour as something that’s brilliant for getting a
family into interacting, rather than staring blankly at some
gogglebox – erm, except it’s actually on some gogglebox - just like
those games nights of yore (erp, how granny did that sound?)
Ahem. When we mentioned a huge sack, we weren’t messing about.
Naturally all your Miis are invited to Wii Party, be your
choice ‘party games’, ‘pair games’ or ‘house party’.
‘Party games’ includes classic board game-styled pursuits (COUGHsnakesandladdersCOUGH),
globetrotting kinda stuff, match games, bingo and a Wheel of
Fortuney thing. Minigames permeate at numerous turns, and there
are squidillions* of them.
‘Pair games’ explains itself, with ‘know your partner’ action and
more, including a funky balance-your-pirate-ship that our Johnny
Rotten Mii done went and stuffed up. Bloody an-ar-chysts.
‘House party’ has nothing to do with hi-top fades, but everything to
do with getting your abode involved. Hide and seek, track that sound
and beat the bomb are the go.
For solo players this sucks, but as it’s (N)intended for groups we
cannae grumble, as in such situations Wii Party’s a fab way
of staring at that gogglebox, but interactively.
* Actually, about 80 or so