Hasbro Family Game Night review

  • Connect 4!
  • Boggle!
  • Erm, Yahtzee?
  • Some redundant games
  • Motion controls iffy
  • Battleship is weak

Much like Monopoly, Hasbro Family Game Night is one of those puzzling videogame conversions. Yes, there’s the novelty value of seeing your favorite game turned all electronic and TVish, and yes, the games bring new modes that wouldn’t be possible in their traditional form. But really – does anyone love Connect 4 or Boggle so much that they want to run it through their widescreen TV rather than just root around for the board?

Connect 4 and Boggle do best out of the transition to Wii, with powerup counters and new word search options respectively. Yahtzee is Yahtzee, and irritatingly exclamation-marked Sorry! is still the confuso-fest it always was, with its card-based board-hopping. Sorry! Sliders is basically shove ha’penny with Sorry! counters, and though it should work well on Wii (given the success of Wii Sports Bowling and Deca Sport’s curling minigame), the Remote seems to misjudge every swing of your arm, sending playing pieces scattering.

Battleship is by far the poorest update. Despite the flashy graphics, it’s played on one screen and thus relies on everyone looking away while you place your ships. It works well on DS, but here it’s just daft, and shows that these digitized conversions can cause problems rather than solve them. Chuck in an infuriating menu and the constant presence of a whooping, grunting, face-twitching Mr. Potato Head, and this is stretching the definition of ‘fun’.

Dec 11, 2008

More Info

Release date: Nov 11 2008 - PS2
Oct 26 2009 - DS
Nov 11 2008 - Wii (US)
Nov 21 2008 - PS2
Nov 06 2009 - DS
Nov 21 2008 - Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: PS2, DS, Wii
Genre: Family
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: Hasbro, Electronic Arts
ESRB Rating:
PEGI Rating:

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