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Buzz! Junior: Jungle Party

AT A GLANCE
  • Darkly humorous
  • Good for kids
  • The more buzzed you are, the better
  • The few non-violent contests
  • Losing to 8 year-old relatives
  • Buying PS2 a game in 2007

Nov 8, 2007

While the full-sized Buzz! games are quiz contests, the only question this collection of 25 mini-games for four players asks is, "How do you want to torture your monkey today?" And despite the fact that we're grown men with arguably grown-up lives, we've found that we like it almost as much. The key, we have to confess, is a little something called sadism.

On the surface, Jungle Party is an innocent kiddie game - and on that level, it works beautifully. The little ones will love the fancy controllers, which have four small buttons and one big, flashy red one, and when they get to choose shirts, shoes, and headgear for their day-glo monkeys, they'll get even more excited.



But for those of us with double-digit ages, there's a different appeal - the chance to inflict comically brutal punishment upon your friends' onscreen simian. Many of the 25 events seem specifically engineered to subject monkeykind to blackly humorous torture. Quick-draw contests with bananas and slow-mo death scenes are one thing, but you'll also see your opponents electrocuted, caught holding a detonating bomb, crushed under falling hippopotamuses, getting their heads chomped on by lions, and shot out of giant catapults, among other injurious indignities.

Now, don't worry if you actually want to play this with a child - it's not gory. It's just Coyote and Roadrunner-style funny. We also suspect some additional off-screen violence: there's one great event in which a cranky gorilla is strapped to a wheel and your job is to huck paint-filled balloons at him. Two guesses what's going to happen to the monkeys when he's cut loose.

More Info

Release date: Oct 30 2007 - PS2 (US)
Oct 20 2007 - PS2 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Family
Published by: SCEA
Developed by: Magenta Software
Franchise: Buzz!
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence
PEGI Rating:
3+
Eric Bratcher
GamesRadar

I was the founding Executive Editor/Editor in Chief here at GR, charged with making sure we published great stories every day without burning down the building or getting sued. Which isn't nearly as easy as you might imagine. I don't work for GR any longer, but I still come here - why wouldn't I? It's awesome. I'm a fairly average person who has nursed an above average love of video games since I first played Pong just over 30 years ago. I entered the games journalism world as a freelancer and have since been on staff at the magazines Next Generation and PSM before coming over to GamesRadar. Outside of gaming, I also love music (especially classic metal and hard rock), my lovely wife, my pet pig Bacon, Japanese monster movies, and my dented, now dearly departed '89 Ranger pickup truck. I pray sincerely. I cheer for the Bears, Bulls, and White Sox. And behind Tyler Nagata, I am probably the GR staffer least likely to get arrested... again.

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