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Innocent Fun- Disney Guilty Party Review

As my colleague SeanNOLA has repeatedly stated, players should keep a close eye on Disney Interactive Studios. Over the last year, the publisher’s output has shifted from middling children’s games to refined titles with the capacity for enjoyment by a much larger demographic. Currently, Split/Second, Toy Story 3, and Disney Sing It: Family Hits transcend the youthful appeal which often accompanies an E-rated title, offering experiences which are just as gratifying for adults as they are for kids. The release of Disney Guilty Party elegantly maintains this trend, offering a clever modernization of the classic game, Clue.

in lieu of a flat game board, Guilty Party offers venues such as an Victorian mansion or a double-decker locomotive, all viewed from a cut-away perspective. Up to four players move from room to room, interrogating patrons, and collecting clues hidden through the manor. Cleverly, the Wiimote’s on-screen cursor doubles as a lie detector, alerting players to the truthfulness of each testimony. Gradually, players uncover four attributes which are used to revel to the culprit of each crime- hair length, gender, body build and height. Once the four traits are uncovered, players accuse a subject by clicking on clues and statements. Sporadically, the allegation requires a bit of deductive reasoning- such as when a piece of evidence if found on a tall shelf inaccessible to diminutive denizens.

I wouldn’t believe a teacher who calls a student paper, “fascinating”.

Each bit of clue collection involves playing one of the Guilty Party‘s over fifty mini-games. These micro-diversions range from simple tasks such as using the Wiimote’s IR function to move a stack of bills into a bribe recipient’s hand to scouring a stack of papers for a specific item. Smartly, Guilty Party keeps these mini-games from becoming too lengthy and from repeating too often; load times for also compassionately quick. At the game’s easiest level, each of these challenges are easy enough for my six-year old niece to complete. On higher difficulty settings, even WarioWare veterans will be tested.

The game’s main campaign offers eight chapters, with each case bookended by a pair of charming cinematics. Additionally, players can unlock a mode  which randomizes clues, locations, suspects, and yes- the Guilty Party, for supplemental playability. As with the similarly executed Mario Party series, Guilty Party enjoyment is in direct correlation with the number of participants. While the solo experience is somewhat enjoyable, the ability to stymie other participants by stealing movement tokens, locking players in rooms, or making interrogations more challenging is the perfect catalyst for a competitive case.

“Mon amour, prennent mon argent sans hésitation”

Considering Guilty Party forgoes any licensed characters, developer Wideload has carefully crafted a game worthy of the Disney moniker in the title. Each of the game’s seven characters offers a distinctive personality articulated by the game’s cinemas as well as the sporadic  (and overused) sound bite. The game’s antagonist Mr. Valentine recalls classic Disney villains- he’s cartoonish enough to not stir fright, yet still undeniably sinister. Kudos must be given to the game’s title song, which abstains from the typical electronic touches to offer a catchy, vocalized ditty.

Guilty Party is one of those exceptional diversions, which exhibited the capacity to enthrall a thirty-something male just as much as my twelve and six year-old nieces. Although solitary players won’t experience the game’s well-engineered  rivalries, Wii-owning households are encouraged to bask in the title’s charms.  With a few more well-polished crowd-pleasers like Guilty Party, Disney Interactive Studios success will refuse to remain a mystery.

When a man in a top hat asks for something, you had better hand it over!

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. I’ve been hearing some good things about this one.

  2. Didn’t Wideload make Hail to the Chimp? They’re come a long way it seems.

  3. the kids looks like he’s from the Incredibles and I see a mature Kim Possible. Not exactly original.

  4. I have to admit, this actually sounds pretty fun.

  5. French captions WTF?

    I could see myself picking up this one of the cheap.

  6. Any game with money-grubbing European women hits a bit too close to home. I guess the French Maids costumes dont go on easily.

  7. Are the 50 mini-games just variations or are they really different?

  8. wow, looking at those links, you guys love you some Disney!

  9. A Wii game that isn’t totally ugly? It took Disney to do it.

  10. Yep, DIS is one to look out for. Epic Mickey is going to be EPIC!

  11. No wonder why Deagle’s a big kid. He plays game with his nieces all the time.

  12. Yeah, but they come off real nice.

  13. I’m glad I won’t feel guilty enjoying this as an adult!

  14. Great review. Any deals on it?

  15. This actually sounds cool. Man, I wish there were demo disks or downloadable demos for Wii games.

  16. Hell yeah, I’m waiting for that one! Too bad they took out bad Mickey.

  17. Maybe I should have bought this when I had the chance this weekend.

  18. decent score. Always liked Clue.

  19. Nintendo does it all the time. What are you talking about?

  20. thanks for the review, deagle.

  21. my friend got this over the weekend, I played a few games and thought it was kind of fun. I don’t know if it’s worth $40 though.

  22. I almost bought this and Batman today.

  23. This sounds really cool. Some of the other reviews said the minigame were boring or inaccurate- you didn’t think so?

  24. Seems like a good way to string minigames together. I’m would be surprised if Nintendo did a similar game with the Mario characters.

  25. Yeah, I wish Nintendo would do this.

  26. It was Col. Mustard!

  27. Hey and it comes with a free book!

  28. pretty good captions, except for that french one.

  29. Generally, there’s a good amount of variety to them, but there is a bit of overlap to pad the “over 50 minigame” bullet point.

  30. No, the nieces and I liked most of them, and didn’t have too much of a problem with the controls.

    The only one that frustrated was the diversion where you have to use shapes to recreate a shadow. The game decides to eject bits of your work, making things a bit too hectic for the younger ones.

  31. it seems like the game might get old after a few times. I dunno.

  32. I can wait until it hits the $20 mark.

  33. thanks for the review, deagle.

  34. yeah, it doesn’t look too bad at all.

  35. I heard your boy Shipwreck say a lot of the games were hard to control.

  36. nice review.

  37. I’ll listen later today. Thanks guys!