TV Party is Rabbids do the Balance Board. About two thirds of the minigames require one, from surfing through space on an iron board to dodging potholes on a haywire Harley Davidson. The games can be played with remote tilting, but where%26rsquo;s the fun in trying to urinate on plants if you%26rsquo;re not leaning to direct your virtual wee-maker?
If you haven%26rsquo;t worked it out yet, TV Party is very silly. This makes it the perfect match for the Balance Board: no other peripheral makes you look like such an arse. Crouching to make your surfing Rabbid erupt with a bottom burp may be a bit crude, but it isn%26rsquo;t half funny to see grandma doing it. Unless she actually drops one. In which case it%26rsquo;s gross. And just as Ubisoft find a perfect tool in the board, they properly find their game design feet with the most dud-free Rabbids yet. There%26rsquo;s a racing game programmed by the devil himself, but that and a reasonable amount of game recycling aside (both the Rock Band spoof and new dancing game are used eight times apiece) TV Party is a decent effort.
A few tweaks disappoint. Microgames now interrupt the minigames as ad breaks, but the simple flick and flail tasks lack the WarioWare magic. Likewise, a new online mode sees you dressing up a Rabbid to be judged by the online community, but again, it seems a little limited compared to the Mii Contest channel. TV Party is the best minigame compilation on Wii, but it isn%26rsquo;t for those who like their games in more than 20 second chunks. If, however, you enjoy a good fart joke and are not averse to the Rabbids, TV Party is worth tuning in for.
Nov 18, 2008