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Block Party 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.
Block Party provides a set of simple games themed around an American street. 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. Either way the games keep the number of controls required in the single figures. This usually involves press, pointing or shaking the Wii-mote.
Players may be attracted to the game because of it's name. However, rather than the throwing and stacking fun of true block based games like Boom Blox Wii, Block Party provides a more eclectic mix of activities. Although not all the games will appeal, the number on offer here should mean that most families can find some distraction for a wet afternoon.
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 are best suited to the challenges on offer here, although those that 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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