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Squeeballs Party review

Fuzzy, ferocious, but not much fun


  • Squeeballs sure are adorable
  • Charming graphics
  • Fantastic soundtrack


  • Thin selection of party games
  • Offers little thrill after trying them all once
  • Even playing with friends becomes a chore

Poor Squeeballs. All these animated soft toys want is to be loved and given a good home. But they%26rsquo;re in for a world of pain before they can be placed on the shelf at the local toy store. It%26rsquo;s your job to make sure they%26rsquo;re fit for children by playing a set of minigames that ensures their wicked thoughts are whacked out of them. Don%26rsquo;t let their cute, wide-eyed exteriors fool you %26ndash; these little beasts are as evil as they come.

Okay, Squeeballs are adorable. They quake with emotion when danger looms, their screams and whimpers enough to make Mike Tyson%26rsquo;s heart melt. Whether you%26rsquo;ve launched a bowling ball at them, turned them into pancakes or even walloped them with a tennis racquet towards a minefield, they%26rsquo;ll do their best to tug at your heart strings.

The selection of party games isn%26rsquo;t the largest, and offers little thrill after trying them all once. We%26rsquo;d like to say they were all fun to play, but let%26rsquo;s face it, an inaccurate paint-by-numbers section and some overly simplistic cooking games are hardly going to challenge the likes of Cooking Mama and even grandaddy Wii Sports.

And that%26rsquo;s where Squeeballs fails. There isn%26rsquo;t enough variety, as you%26rsquo;re forced to repeat similar challenges until another predictable minigame is unlocked. It%26rsquo;s a shame, as the game boasts charming graphics that are reinforced with a soundtrack that%26rsquo;ll whirl around your brain for hours. But even playing with friends becomes a chore. It seems the Squeeballs aren%26rsquo;t going to make an impact until a dose of originality is sprinkled over their cutesy-pie posteriors.

Oct 22, 2009

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GenreOther Games/Compilations

Taps, swipes and slides don’t seem to register on the touchscreen, making aiming, throwing, slicing or any other task ten times harder than it needs to be. And you’d better get used to those tasks, as they’re repeated throughout this minigame compilation.

PlatformDS, Xbox 360, Wii
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor ratingRating Pending
Release date15 October 2009 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
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