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Monkey Mischief is another game in Activision's Fun4All series. Although packaged in a similar fashion, these games fluctuate in their best audience. Here we have a game that skews younger than the likes of Pitfall The Big Adventure Wii or Pirates Hunt for Blackbeard's Booty Wii.
Mini games come in a variety of shapes and sizes. What unites the genre is the speed with which players can pickup the games and the relatively short time required to complete a level or two.
Monkey Mischief provides a set of simple games staring some mischievous monkeys. Each game provides a task that can be played against the computer or up to three other players.
They range from simple matching and collecting tasks to the slightly more involved tests of speed and skill. Slightly more involved than Block Party Wii, the games keep the number of controls required in the single figures. This usually involves press, pointing or shaking the Wii-mote. The games here often require a couple of different actions to complete a task - the control of a lift combined with collecting fruit and avoiding the charging Rhino for instance.
Players may be attracted to the mischievous theme of the game. The visuals and activities managed to engage my four year old even though he was a little too young to keep up with the combinations of actions required to play.
Single games or contests can be played. The length of these depends on how many activities are tackled in a session. These are some of the shortest lived minigames on the Wii - something that reflects the very young audience they suite.
Young players of around five or six and with a little bit of video game know how are best suited to the challenges on offer here, although again the use Wii-mote pointing can be a little frustrating to play. Those a little older or who have more experience with games will find the tame nature of these experiences soon loose their appeal.
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