Archive for the ‘Party Games’ Category

Mario hammering Donkey Kong

Mario this time using tools (Such as hammers) to defeat his foes.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you mix Mario with Lemmings? Well this game is just that.

In each level you have a few mini Marios that you need to get safely home, but of course, it is not that simple, there are a series of obstacles you need to get your Marios past.

Using your DS touch screen you can make your Mario walk, jump or go back to stationary, but be careful, if a moving Mario bumps into a stationary one both will start moving in different directions. This can cause a lot of chaos in the game especially as I tried to press a Mario to make him stop moving and then he bumped into another Mario and they were all just running anywhere.

When playing this game you will notice a letter in each level and if you collect them all they spell out ‘minimarios’ at the top of your touchscreen in each world. Collecting all of these letters will unlock a mini game at the end of the world for you to play before moving on to battle against Donkey Kong.

Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis Cover Art

A mini adventure? Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

This game is good I do like it especially since you can just pick it up and play it for a long or as little time as you wish but I do feel it requires quite the level of concentration, you really need to think about what route to get your Marios home and how to overcome the obstacles.

Although this game is only just being advertised now it has actually been available since 2006!

Admittedly the mini Marios are cute but it would be better if you could pick a different character (perhaps mini Yoshis?) and I feel the battles with Donkey Kong are not much of a battle. In the first world, for example, you fire your little mini Marios at Donkey Kong and that is pretty much the battle. A bit too simple for my liking.

There is a lot that could be improved in this game, but for anyone who just likes a puzzler this game is perfect. For those who like Mario but don’t fancy thinking about the game, I would recommend just sticking to Mario Kart.

Score: 7/10

Review by: Rainbow

Buy Mario Vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (Nintendo DS) from Amazon.co.uk

Sackboy is back in his biggest adventure yet! After much anticipation Little Big Planet 2 is finally here. Little Big Planet creators, Media Molecule, have managed to take the excitement of Easter, Christmas and a trip to Disneyland and put it altogether into one game.

With the return of Stephen Fry as the narrator play story mode and use sackboy to battle your way through the levels and save the planet from the evil Negativitron. You will go through worlds such as Da Vinci’s Hideout, Victoria’s Laboratory, Avalonia and many more. In each world you will find levels for your sackboy to venture through alone as well as a few multiplayer levels so your sackboy can play games with his friends.

Little Big Planet 2

Little Big Planet 2

As well as playing story mode you can build your own levels to play or take your sackboy to the online community as play levels that you and others have created, and either play them on your own or with other sacks from around the world.

I personally love this game. I like the fact that I can either sit and do story mode if I have a lot of time or can just go online and pick a level to play if I just want to mess around for a short while.

It is nice to be able to play a game that is not the same old football, car racing or fighting game. Although Little Big Planet is a great game I found that I was more drawn into the levels on the sequel rather than on the original, the levels just seem more fun and exciting and due to people playing and creating levels on the first game the community created levels are a much greater quality than those of the first.

This game will keep you wanting more. Let us just hope that a third one is on the cards!

The Little Big Planet world may seem crazy to some but the saying ‘let your imagination run wild’ has never been truer.

Score: 9/10

Review handcrafted by: Rainbow

Buy LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3) from Amazon.co.uk

Whilst at work today listening to a certain non-commercial based radio station they announced that the creators of the Guitar Hero series – Activision were going to stop production of any future releases to the Guitar Hero brand.

I think that this is a foolish move, and in essence, makes the winner of this two-horse race, Rock Band by default. Now I enjoy both games, and for what it’s worth, I believe the instruments that were produced for the guitar Hero games were of better quality and harder wearing.

I know that some people won’t care about these sorts of games, and most may even feel that these games get in the way of the aforementioned company from actually making titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops what it could be. But most people are happy with the COD series hence why it is one of the best-selling franchises of all time.

So as we bid farewell to what has to be one of the best multiplayer, party games of all time (Unless you count the Wii) I want to know what you think. Will you miss it? Did you feel Rock Band kicked it’s arse?? And are you going to remember it as a classic or are you happy to see it go?? Either way let me know your feelings.

And if you are interested in reading the article in question, here is a link http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/12415156