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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.
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.
Typically, we here at GamesRadar want to root for those underdog budget games that manage to make it to retail with all the other big boys in the industry. So you have to believe us when we say that we take absolutely no pleasure in tearing apart games like Heavy Fire: Afghanistan...
It would have been fair to expect Hell’s Kitchen to be a Cooking Mama-style cook-‘em-up, but instead it focuses on all aspects of the restaurant. You’ll take orders, serve customers, cook food and placate CGI Chef Ramsay at every turn. Gordon begins each round just as he begins each day – incandescent with rage, ready to hurl (cuss-free) abuse at any lesser food-makers who dare to set foot in his kitchen.
The Mayans were wrong and the apocalypse is here three years early. Earth is in the path of a string of decidedly large, random objects hell-bent on Earth’s destruction. Our only hope rests on the withering shoulders of a decrepit grandfather and his two ambiguously gendered grandchildren.
We enjoyed the lovely Nyxquest, which offered a platforming take on an ancient Greek myth. Now we’ve got this, which takes a bunch of characters from Greek myths, shoves them in chariots and lets you race them around locations taken from, yes, Greek myths. What’s next, a Capcom Vs Homer Allstars brawler?
With a name like that, you’d probably be expecting a chill-out interior decoration title in the vein of The Sims. And you’d be wrong, because Home Sweet Home actually turns out to be a charming time management game based on the hectic world of interior design. So, you’re this designer who’s renovating an entire street of houses.
Cooking up the ideal blend of fun and education is a dark alchemical art, and success is rare. Things like Brain Training work because the mental workout is delivered in short bursts. Also, math and verbal reasoning work well in a quickfire format. History is harder to condense into info fun nuggets, as Ruthless Romans proves.
We thought we had our finger on the cultural pulse, but it was only after a few minutes’ play that we realised this was a movie tie-in. It was the on-screen photos of the film’s stars that gave it away. ‘Why are these moppets here instead of some genero-avatars?’ we wondered. Andi and Bruce (for it is they) need your help setting up their canine haven, which means you have to do some tedious ‘find the