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Hasbro Family Game Night review

Two people don't quite constitute a family

Pros

  • Combines the first and second Wii games
  • Most minigames better suited to DS
  • Two-player download play

Cons

  • Operation is worse on DS
  • Not really better than the board games
  • Price is ridiculous for what you get

As the second Family Game Night landed on the Wii, the series made its DS debut, and this outing combines elements of the first and second Wii games. Battleship makes much more sense here than on Wii, and Connect 4 is easier to play with a stylus too. Bop It’s twists, pulls, pushes and shouts (either real into-the-mic ones or touchscreen ones) suit the DS, but Operation’s ‘guide the item along a path’ tasks are infuriating.

Two-player download play makes more sense than the TV-hogging Wii multiplayer, but despite the extra modes for each game you’re still basically paying considerable cash for four minigames.

Jan 12, 2010

More Info

GenreFamily
DescriptionWhy make a bunch of games based on board games when you can make one big game based on a ton of board games?
PlatformPS2, DS, Wii
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date11 November 2008 (US), 21 November 2008 (UK)