Family Game Night 4: The Game Show Review

Game: Hasbro Family Game Night 4: The Game Show
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The time has come once again for yet another entry in the Family Game Night series. For those of who are not familiar with it, this is a franchise of titles centered around specific board games from Hasbro. Each year the company takes five of these games, and decides to create a compilation of them in the form of a video game. For the most part, every iteration has followed that same layout, but this year, things are just a little bit different. Family Game Night 4: The Game Show decides to take things in a completely different direction, and tries to recreate an experience reminiscent of the TV show they have on the game show channel, The Hub. Does this approach add a new level of spark to the series?, or have things basically remained the same?, let’s find out.

Fun Factor: Fun with friends, but not by yourself. Playing alone poses no challenge whatsoever because the AI of a computer controlled player is about as dumb as they come. This makes every game a cakewalk to complete, and really takes any sort of competition factor out of the picture whatsoever. When I was playing this with my girlfriend, we had a blast, especially considering the fact that she got the better of me almost every time, but at least it was a more even matchup. Not being able to play with more than one other friend at a time will take some of the fun out of it though, so keep that  in mind before pulling this out at a party, because if more than two friends are over, you can almost guarantee that a couple of them will be spending  some quality time with your couch.

Graphics: Not exactly pushing the capabilities of the system or anything, but definitely acceptable for a minigame collection. The set itself was ok, every game was featured in a simple and presentable way without coming off as annoying. My favorite thing about the presentation as a whole was with what new outfit Mr. Potato Head would wear for each game (they were funny to look at). Character animations were responsive and realistic, and there were no framerate issues at all.

Gameplay: Every game was easy to understand, and very fun to play. Motion controls tended to play a backseat to button presses, and when you needed to use them, they felt more necessary than tacked on for each game. There were a few glitches here and there, primarily in the Sorry Sliders and Yahtzee Bowling games, sometimes the timing would be off between grabbing an object and throwing it across the board. Other than that, everything else felt tight and responsive.

Sound: Background music was lighthearted, yet enjoyable, but did have the tendency to get repetitive after awhile. I had the same feeling about the voice over announcer as well. Some of the things he said were funny and all, just wish he would stop saying them over and over again during each game, it became annoying very quickly. Every sound effect was goofy, quirky, and definitely had a kiddie sort of feel to them.

Replayability: An extra mode to play for every game, along with a large number of trophies to unlock, adds a nice level of replayability that most other collections like this lack. Still, the amount of time required to play through everything clocks in at just around an hour or so. That’s ok though because titles like this are only meant to be played on occasion anyways.

Family Game Night 4: The Game Show is an enjoyable experience that just about anybody can get into. If you are a fan of board games, video games, or both, then by all means check this out as soon as possible.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Hasbro Family Game Night 4: The Game Show
MSRP: $39.99