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Squeeballs Party review

Fuzzy, ferocious, but not much fun

Pros

  • Squeeballs sure are adorable
  • Charming graphics
  • Fantastic soundtrack

Cons

  • 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

More Info

GenreOther Games/Compilations
Description<p>Taps, swipes and slides don&#8217;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&#8217;d better get used to those tasks, as they&#8217;re repeated throughout this minigame compilation.</p>
PlatformDS, Xbox 360, Wii
US censor ratingEveryone 10+, Everyone 10+, Everyone 10+
UK censor ratingRating Pending, Rating Pending, Rating Pending
Release date:15 October 2009 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:Wii
Genre:Other Games/Compilations
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