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                                                         “It’s a Dead Man’s Party, who could ask for more…”

The Wii has no shortage of minigame compilations; between the Rayman Raving Rabbids series, Wii Sports, Wii Play, Carnival Games and Circus Games, the genre is well-represented on Nintendo’s console. Clearly, an upstart could do worse that mimic the Raving Rabbids trilogy; all three titles are exemplars of bite-sized game anthologies, with their amusing gameplay and wacky humor.

As the second collection of minigames in Ubisoft’s Family Fest line, Movie Games unabashedly imitates the Rabbids model. From the simple Wiimote gestures used in the title’s twenty games, to the parody of Hollywood epics, Movie Games has the distinctive feel of a Raving Rabbid game. Unlike most other compilations, it has much of the polish, but it also lacks the game’s diversity.

When players start the game, they are presented with two options: solo play and multiplayer; which accommodates up to four gamers. Later, a tournament mode is unlocked after winning ten gold statues in the solo campaign- the game’s ‘Oscar’-esque currency. Movie Games uses five popular film genres for level motifs- from a pirate ship to an Inca temple. Within each of these films are four minigames- three are available at the start, with one unlockable.

Each of Movie Games’ twenty diversions are conceptually simple and feature an intuitive use of the Wiimote. The goals of each minigame are overwhelmingly simple, although optional instructions are available for any uninitiated participants. While each of the games are enjoyable, there is a frustrating amount of overlap in the Movie Games listings. The disk contains four versions of Bejeweled; only one offers any actual gameplay variation, the other differ solely through graphical motif. Due to the similarity between diversions, Movie Games ends of feeling a bit shallow.


                                                           Walking the plank never looked so darn cute.

From the title’s variations on shooting galleries, rhythm-based music games, and shake the Wiimote contests, only two minigames presented any control difficulties. The object of ‘Marathon Mars’ is to position your on-screen persona between two moving laser blasts. By shaking the Wiimote, your avatar runs faster, while holding it still slows their speed. Regrettably, these binary speed controls were ineffective and caused a bit of frustration for younger gamers. While ‘Romancing the Lost Jewels’ instructed players to hold the Wiimote in a vertical position to remove a grappled gem, we found shaking the controller worked much better. With the exception of these two niggling quirks, control was otherwise precise and instinctual.

One of the title’s strongest suits is its art direction. Characters are drawn is a whimsical, cel-shaded style, and are complemented by the game’s charming backdrops. Nearly every character in the game is animated in an energetic style; avatars even dance during the title’s brief loading screens. Each minigame is bookended with short animation sequences, which while not memorable, are smile inducing. Even younger gamers may recognize Movie Games’ homage to the Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond, and Indiana Jones films.

Overall, Movie Games is a capable family friendly diversion. With its thirty-dollar MSRP and uncomplicated gameplay, casual gamers may the drawn to the title. Potential purchasers should be aware that while the disk advertises, “20 party blockbusters”, the title feels like more four variations of five games. Still, the games offered on the disk were enjoyable and polished. Movie Games should keep mixed audiences amused for a few hours; in the end, it’s probably cheaper than taking the family to the real multiplex.

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.

41 comments

  1. I like that graphical style for the wii.

  2. A lot of skeletons in the game.

  3. First Circus Games, then Movie Games, what’s next?

  4. Porno Games Starring Jenna Jamison!!!

  5. They keep these minigame collection coming don’t they?

  6. Seems like a good family game, but I’m a bit sick of simple shooting galleries.

    There was this PS1 that a collection of shooting games that was really fun. Anyone remember the name?

  7. I read the IGN review for one of these collections and they gave it a 1.5.

    Why are you giving the game a c+?

  8. http://wii.ign.com/articles/937/937086p1.html

    Newb, they gave it a 4.8.

    4.8 on most scales is about a C, so no real discrepancies there. Sorry, no controversy.

  9. looks decent enough. I’m glad I read about the variations, thought. That’s kind of misleading.

  10. Beach Games, Animal Games, Dog Games, Cat Games, Hamster Games (in the plastic ball), Monkey Games, Pirate Games, Ninja Games (Oh, that’s been done), Ninja Pirate Games, Blue Collar games, Dr. Frankenstein Games, Country Games, Sex games, Card Games and head Games.

  11. The reviews are pretty similar again.

  12. Rabbits kick ass, I love that game. Plus it offers a lot more variation.

  13. Correction, I work at Gamestop and the MSRP is $19.99

  14. At $20, this isn’t bad at all.

  15. Not so much if you read both.

  16. Please no more mini-games on the Wii. I’ve had my fill.

    Ok, unless they star Wario.

  17. Why are you guys reviewed these so-so games?

  18. Cute skeletons and a Boingo reference=win

  19. It probably a good game for the kiddies.

  20. I also like the art style.

  21. Thanks for the review. I saw this today at Walmart and was thinking about picking this up. This looks like one of the few games kids and adults can play together.

  22. You guys always come up with the best title in the biz.

    Thanks for the review.

  23. Minigames will have to get around $10 before I’m interested.

  24. Looks better than most Wii games. I like the art style, too.

  25. Good review for a game I’ll probably never buy.

  26. This is casual gaming’s influence. This stuff only is going to bet bigger.

  27. Whats cell-shaded mean?

  28. Cell-shaded=comic book looking.

  29. I just the upcoming list of Wii games; it’s gynormous!

  30. Sounds cool.

  31. Bought this and Circus games for $40 at GS today. Should be great for the kids.

  32. Never heard of this game or Circus games.

  33. i thought this post was gonna be about movie games like you’re in the movies or scene it

  34. For $20 it’s not a bad deal, but I wouldn’t go any higher at all…on a side note, are those skeletons supposed to be a parody of Nightmare Before Christmas?

  35. Seems ok, for a game everyone can play.

  36. Haha, the characters look funky.

  37. Not a bad deal for $20.

  38. The name of the game you are thinking of is point blank

  39. the name of the game Jiggly Pop wanted to know is point blank

  40. good for the kids…