Oops! Prank Party :: Wii Game Review
Challenge your friends in Oops! Prank Party for the Wii, a modern take on the classic board game. Read the review here.
Oops! Prank Party for Wii is a minimalistic take on the popular Mario Party series, minus the traditional Nintendo characters. It is a party game that provides players with several options: Master mode, Free Play mode and Board Game mode.
Not Your Traditional Board Game
Board Game mode is what makes Oops! Prank Party most like Mario Party. Up to four players choose an avatar, pick a game board and take turns moving towards the finish line. Along the way players compete in mini games, collect coins and avoid dangerous objects. Once one player has reached the finish line the game is complete. But, just because the person finished first does not mean they win – they simply get a coin bonus. In the end, the character with the most coins wins.
Unlike Mario Party, players do not compete in mini games after each round. The only time they play mini games is when one player lands on a boxing ring square. The winning player receives coins and is also given the privilege of placing an ugly or outrageous outfit on another player’s avatar. The board game backgrounds are relatively non-existent (think unending white abyss) and the squares are simple blocks of color. No matter how good the mini games are, it is very difficult to hold the attention of the player with such a basic setting.
Oops! Prank Party includes 100 mini games that can be accessed through all three game modes. The games are what we have come to expect from a mini game collection: players are usually asked to identify an object the quickest, compete in a race, eliminate other players or just survive. While some of the games are enjoyable, others are less than tolerable. In the end, the game is a cheap alternative to Mario Party, but does not compete in terms of characters, scene development and overall enjoyment.
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone