Hasbro Family Game Night 2 review

  • More Wii-friendly games selection
  • Cheaper than buying the board games
  • Plenty of customization options
  • Dull in single-player
  • Jenga controls are annoying
  • Operation gets boring very quickly

Amazingly, for a series we thought could only go downhill after a lackluster debut, the second Family Game Night is a little better than the first. Yes, that’s right – ‘better’. But also only ‘a little’.

The games selected for the Wii treatment this time are far more suited to console jiggery-pokery. Connect 4x4, Operation, Bop It, Jenga and Pictureka are the latest recipients of a digital makeover. Instruction-barking Bop It translates fairly well into remote waggles (even if they don’t always register), and the seek ’n’ solvey Pictureka suits remote-pointing.

Connect 4x4 (Connect 4 but with two layers of counters) only really feels the benefit of being on Wii in its Remix mode, where impossible-in-the-real-world powerups come into play. (All five games have a Remix mode, which adds new challenges.) The tactile fun of real Operation and Jenga is lost in the digital switchover, but at least the Operation controls are well-suited and the Jenga physics are fairly reliable. Snippets of all five games can be played in a high-score mode for players with goldfish-like attention spans.

With less Mr. Potato Head and plenty of customization options, this is a more appealing package than the first Game Night and costs less than buying all five board games. So why’s it only ‘a little’ better than before? Well, it’s dull in single-player; Jenga controls are annoying; Operation gets boring very quickly; the Bop It voice is as irritating as ever; we miss the Operation man’s light-up nose; and we miss the faff of setting up Connect 4. It’s just not the same *sigh*.

Nov 20, 2009

More Info

Release date: Oct 27 2009 - Wii (US)
Nov 06 2009 - Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii, DS
Genre: Family
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: EA Bright Light
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Comic Mischief
PEGI Rating:

1 comment

  • shpongled - December 29, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    You've been generous giving this load of toilet a 6. Decent? No f-king way. Typical murky blurry wii graphics, crap sound and horrible controls, especially on the jenga. The Wii is plagued by crapware such as this, just stick 'Family' in front of it and it'll sell though.... Save your money and buy the real games, trust me you'll have way more fun than this load of crap.

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