Mr Potato Head returns with a difference and five new games to Hasbro's Family Game Night series.
Family Game Night was first introduced over Xbox Live. You has to download your favorite games separately which were stored in a free hub. This time however, EA has decided to go a more traditional route and bring them in a retail package instead. The five new games are Cluedo, Twister, A Game of Life, Mouse Trap and Yahtzee hands down. All five games can be fun but some are weaker than others.
If you played any of the previous titles in Family Game Night you will notice some changes here. First is the interface which has changed due to not adding to the hub. Instead it has been replaced with an island. The second change are the games which all interact with your Xbox Avatar.
Let's start with A Game Of Life. Using your Avatar, he or she must travel through their life choosing a Career, Marriage, Retirement and more along the way. Each player must take in turns using a spinner which may land on 1 to ten. The main goal of the game is to finish with the most money at the end. You can choose two path's College Career, which will take longer and hold bank loan debt's to pay. Or the shorter path, Career where you pick a career card and path immediately. As you progress you will collect wealth cards that can be very useful to you throughout your journey. For example, the Spin to Win card allows you to play four numbers on the spinner instead of one. A Game of Life is one of the strongest and was one I spent the most time on.
Cluedo is next on the list. Just like the classic board game you must explore the mansion to solve a murder. You will notice a slight change to the classic though as there is an extra room and a few new weapons. You must land on rumour squares to score points which are then spent to guess who has committed the murder. This version also has a mini games feature like been able to question suspects and reveal a picture of a murder weapon piece by piece. It's nothing special and is simply a filler but adds a little more interaction to it.
Now on to Mouse Trap and this one becomes rather tedious and isn't much fun unless your playing with someone over xbox live. Just like the original game each player must take in turns to roll the dice. You must move around the board with the corresponding number and build the trap when landing on build spaces. Once the trap is built it's a fight to see who gets trapped first. It can be fun for a while and seeing your avatar dressed as a mouse is quite a nice touch but youngsters might get more enjoyment out of this one than adults.
Twister is the weakest of them all. You may be wondering how twister could work in a video game? It's simply played as a music rhythm game. You must press corresponding buttons in time as they pass the screen. Pressing it in time will have your Avatar dancing and breaking moves. It's straight forward and you will probably loose interest more quickly than the rest of the games.
Finally Yahtzee Hands Down which is another game that didn't have me playing for very long. This is a card game from the original board game with dice. Here you must try to get the best hand to win. Collect cards and match a combination to lay them hands down first. There is also a remix version where your are given a time limit to make the matching combinations.
With only three of the five games having more replay value it's hard to recommend Family Game Night 3 at a full retail price. If you can get hold of it half price or less it's definitely worth a purchase, especially for Hasbro fans.
Review by Gareth Smith