Although many complain about the lack of Move compatible games on the PS3, there are numerous titles that all use the controller to some extent. Some of these games are fun, some of them not so fun, so when playing Frima Studios new mini-game compilation Lights, Camera, Party! I was looking forward to something very special. After all, this game looks like it has everything for the casual game-player, loads of quirky games, loads of arm movements and cute graphical monkeys!
Lights, Camera, Party! as you can tell from the opening paragraph is a barrel full of cartoon mini-game madness. Right from the very outset you can tell this game is going to be fun, from the over-the-top presentation and genuinely pleasing carton-style graphics.
This PSN exclusive has you playing one of the Funzini’s , a crackpot family who have been forced to enter and compete in a selection of games for a show in order to win a new home. The story has it that the TV Stations satellite crashed into their living-room, and so they have the chance to win a brand new pad. As you can tell from the plot, it’s all very humorous, and no part of this game should be taken seriously at any point.
So, with the game downloaded, and a Move controller in one hand I began the single player campaign, not knowing what to expect. From the very outset of the game you just know you’re going to have fun, and this suite of games is very reminiscent of the Wario Ware games that Nintendo have released through the years. The good news is, because the Move controller is so much more accurate and easy to hold, the entire experience is simply brilliant.
What we have here are games where you move and wiggle and shake the controller in all sorts of directions, the game will have you playing versions of bowls, throwing pizzas at dinosaurs, catching peppers, squirting liquid at toads, sawing moons in half, jumping on things, shaking things, throwing cats at monkeys in a bowls like fashion, disabling bombs by cutting coloured wires, colouring in hats, shooting sleeping monkeys with bananas and generally playing every mini-game genre you can think of. What makes this game stand out from the crowd though is the sense of humour throughout, with the game-show host really making the game different. In a way the presentation reminded me of the Buzz games, but taken to the next level!
There is so much to love about Lights Camera Party!, but there are also things that I disliked about the game. Firstly, although there is a brief description before each game about the game you are about to play, the instructions are sometimes just not straight forward and you’ll lose a life before you realise what is going on. Secondly, you can only use one Move controller, so you have to pass it back and forth to those people you are playing with. Lastly, and my main gripe with the game is the difficulty on some of the games is just too damn hard! There is one mini game where you have to avoid pies hitting your face, it sounds simple, but as you are looking at the action, you have no way of knowing where the pies are coming from, so lose a life instantly every time. Another difficulty is the time limits, which even on the easier levels are quite hard to race against.
There are numerous modes of plays in the game other than single player, each one basically giving you the chance to play a selection of the games without going through the single player campaign. Whichever way you play this game though you will have fun when playing with another human being, even if that fun is just watching them making a complete idiot of themselves while trying to play the game.
Graphics and animations are quite impressive for a downloadable game, with some very slick presentation. Sonically the game pleases too, but some of the characters repeat the same phrases after every action, which can be annoying. It’s all very American game-show, and the whole presentation generally portrays that in a fun and enjoyable way for all the family to enjoy.
Overall Lights Camera Party! Is a fun game in small quantities, it is genuinely fun to watch your friends or family making an idiot of themselves by waving the Move controller in various motions, or watching them fail at games which should in theory be so simple. At a low price-point, Lights Camera Party! Is a fun time-waster of a game, and probably one of the best family mini-game collections on the PS3.