Wario ware, Inc. Mega Party Game$!
I can't believe I've found a game that my 3-year-old son, my wife and I all like to play - Nintendo has struck demographics gold with. This game is as addictive as its Game Boy Advanced counterpart but offers up a bevy of multiplayer actions so your friends and family can join in the action.
The basic concept of Wario ware, Inc. Mega Party Game$! is very simple ' which is why it is so addictive. All you have to do is mash a button, or rotate the left thumbstick at the right time in the right way to complete a three to five second task - if you succeed you move on to the next mini-game.
The mini-games include things like scrubbing a toothbrush across a set of yellowed teeth, plunging a swaying finger into awaiting nostrils, plugging the duck in Duck Hunt or simply avoiding a giant foot intent on squishing you. The different games may not sound all that interesting but there are 200 of them and they come at you so quickly in such a tidal wave of bizarre brevity that it can't help but be fun to play.
In the single player mode, an almost exact replica of the GBA experience, you work your way through differently themed mini-games until you've successfully accomplished all of the tasks. At the end, there is a strange Boss Level that is typically just a slightly prolonged mini-game.
What puts the Mega Party Game$! in Mega Party Game$! is a pretty eclectic selection of multiplayer options. The general principal is the same in these, but now you are competing with or against up to three others. Modes include an Othello like battle, where you have to beat mini-games to win a square; a direct elimination mode, a strange balancing elimination mode, and cooperative modes that have your buddy shinning a light on your action or taking turns with you as you try to beat the mini-games. Like the general theme of the game, these multiplayer modes aren't exactly complicated, but they are addictive and fun to play.
The only complaint I have about this game is that the graphics and sound really didn't receive much work in the port so you find yourself playing a GBA game on the television. It's not too disappointing, because the games in general are mock-ups of very, very old 16 and 8-bit games, but it would have been nice if they had received some polish. The same holds true of the sound, though I found this less noticeable than the visuals of the game.
I'd highly recommend Wario ware, Inc. Mega Party Game$! as a buy for anyone who' s into Tetris like fun or has children or a wife who may be looking for some idle fun.