Friday, January 29, 2010

Video game number eighteen: Hasbro Family Game Night

Game review number eighteen in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Hasbro Family Game Night".

I decided to bring home a bunch of games to power through this weekend and one of them was Hasbro Family Game Night. This is a compilation disk filled with a bunch of adaptations of board games (all of which were previously released on Xbox Live Arcade). I had never played this before and I thought it might be something worth giving a quick try.

I started out with Connect Four. Either I've completely forgotten how to play this game since I was a kid or the AI opponents are too hard, because I lost every single match I played. Every single match. I must have played 10, because there was an achievement for winning just one and I was trying to get it. No dice there. :-)

Frustrated, I moved on to Boggle. This is a single player word search game, made famous by Peggy Hill from King of the Hill. "Hooyah!" It's exactly what you'd expect. I finished a game or two and moved on to Yahtzee....which is surprisingly less exciting than playing the actual game (with a cup of dice and a pad of paper).

Growing bored of playing these board games, I tried one I hadn't tried in real life before, Sorry Sliders. This one is actually kind of fun. You slide your little Sorry gamepiece towards a bullseye at the center of the game board. You try to get as close as you can to the rings (a la' darts) as other people slide their pieces towards you to bump you out. That part reminds me a bit of the Canadian sport "curling". First person to get all their pieces "home" wins, just like regular Sorry. This was the best of the bunch for me so far.

To wrap this sucker up, I tried a game of Scrabble. It's just like any other online version of the game....except those are all free and this one costs around 6 dollars by itself. I knocked out a few achievements overall, but this game was sort of a disappointment. It's actually more fun to play the board game versions of all of these games. I didn't even try playing against the computer seemed pointless. Mental note: Pick up a copy of the real Sorry Sliders.

By the way, if you're an achievement whore, I've read online that you can simply plug in a second controller and get almost all of the gamerscore in this game by playing against nobody. I'm not gunning for maximum gamerscore here, just trying to play as many games as I I decided not to chase the achievements this time around.

Overall rating: 4 out of 10. It's sad when a video game makes you miss the cardboard version.

Achievement Ease? 10 out of 10...if you want to cheat. I played fair and square, so here's all I unlocked:

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