Carnival Games has been a bestseller for years, but 2K Play has just released a brand new version titled, appropriately, New Carnival Games, which they sent to me for review.
And it’s just the kind of game the whole family can play together without anyone getting frustrated because of skill level, or parents blushing because of violent or mature themes.
New Carnival Games features over 30 classic mini-games modeled on those you’d find on the midway, like skee-ball, shooting gallery, coin toss, bumper cars, and, my favorite, balloon blast.
There’s something quite satisfying about popping virtual balloons. Not quite as fun as popping bubble wrap, though (get to work on that, 2K Play).
The graphics on this game are rich and detailed, a big improvement on the old version. The gameplay is addictively easy. Very little learning curve, which is what makes it so nice for younger kids who might not be able to keep up with their older siblings on other games.
My kids, ages 9 and 12, really enjoyed exploring the carnival and trying out the different mini-games. The Haunted House and Pitch-A-Plate were deemed especially cool. They’ve kept the disc for New Carnival Games in the Wii for over a week now, and that’s always a sign of approval from them.
If you have young kids, under the age of 10, they’re going to absolutely love this game. It’s good, clean, fun. It’s easy to jump right into gameplay, and I think it will have long-term appeal for family game nights. The price isn’t bad either, at around $35 in most stores.
Now for the giveaway!
I have a copy of New Carnival Games for Wii to give out to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me your family’s favorite Wii game. You know, the one you all can agree on.
I’ll pick a winner by the end of next week.