The third installment of EA’s Family Game Night is one for the books. Like with its predecessors, Family Game Night 3 brings together another fine collection of old school board games but with some new school flavor.
The game includes Clue, Twister, Life, Yahtzee, and Mouse Trap. While the graphics are not exactly visually stunning, the game design gets the job done. The game has different modes allowing for you to play with party rules and custom setups, making sure hilarity ensues every time. Each game can be played by up to four people so the whole family can join in on the fun. The game play is rather simplistic which will most likely be a turn off to more experienced gamers, but this is ideal because it keeps it simple enough for young gamers to effortlessly adapt to its play style and allows casual gamers to easily join in on the fun.
The games individually have their own problems with some being more fun to play than others. For example, the Game of Life is personally my favorite with Clue coming in as a close second. My biggest complaint for Family Game Night 3 however is the inclusion of Twister, which is; let’s face it, just awkward to play with a remote control. While there is no way to truly replicate the feeling that one gets when playing the actual Twister game, this is definitely the closest thing to it off of the original Twister mat. Overall, Family Game Night 3 for Wii does a good job of bringing together old family favorites in a format that keeps newer generations in mind.
Despite a few kinks and awkwardness, Family Game Night 3 still does a really good job of bringing together all of the games in a way that actually works, while providing older gamers with a chance to reminisce about the days before they owned a Wii system and providing younger gamers a brief insight into the wonder that was. I give Family Game Night 3 for the Wii a 6 out of 10 for bringing families together, which makes it a great game for the holiday season. Family Game Night packs in 5 games for under $40 and is available for WIi, PS3 and Xbox 360.
The Good: Pretty good value – packs in 5 games for less than $40, fun for the whole family
The Bad: Computer A.I. always seem to have the upper hand