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GF Rating
6.2

1638 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Got little kids? Get Playground.

posted by dmorin (NORTH ANDOVER, MA) Apr 8, 2008

Member since Jan 2008

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

My kids are 5 and 3, so I'm cool with simple games without a complicated plot or fancy controls. In Playground you'll do things like steer a paper airplane or a slotcar race. Sure it'd bore an adult to tears, but the 3yr old gets it just fine - point up, plane goes up, point down, plane goes into the ground. Tilt to steer and move around things. Push A or B when the screen tells you to. Perfect.

The other games are a mixed bunch - they like the idea of dodgeball, but you have to use the arrows to move your character, which is non-intuitive. Tetherball appears to be for righthanded players only. WallBall (aka Handball) is basically "Wii tennis, lite" so it makes a good practice game.

I suspect they will get bored with Playground as we get some new games, but for now this one is good practice at working the remote.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Great Game kids loved it.

posted by DadnSonWii (WARWICK, NY) Feb 18, 2008

Member since Aug 2007

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

My kids are 8-Boy and 10-Girl they loved this game. They said it was easy to use and wanted me to buy it...Too bad...enjoy hope this helps.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Better than Wii Sports according to my 7 year old

posted by DadOfGirls (LEES SUMMIT, MO) Feb 11, 2008

Member since Dec 2007

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

7 year old daughter's impressions:

She was as active playing this game as you would expect from an average game of Wii Sports when playing EA Playground. She truly felt as if she was actually hitting the ball. It definitely has a better set of games for her age than Wii Sports. She only liked tennis and bowling on wii Sports and even those got boring for her after only a few rounds. She enjoys every game on EA playground (of course she favors some more than others) and plays match after match without it getting old. She definitely enjoys the idea of walking around the playgrounds to find and start playing the different games, as opposed to just selecting them on a menu like in most game collections.

My impressions (29 year old man):

The darts game is fun, it's a kid friendly version of a standard "on rails" arcade light gun game. It is definitely NOT what I thought it would be, a dart board game which did not sound like a fun video game. I was very glad I was wrong about what it was. I also enjoyed the paper airplane game. It uses the motion sensing in a fun, unique, and truly analog way that responses accurately to any tilt of the remote by tilting the airplane in the same direction causing the plane to turn left/right or up/down. The rest of the games basically use waggle as the only motion control. Some use waggle up/down for one command and waggle left/right as another. You also have no control over your character's position on the play field of wall ball (like handball) and kicks (a soccer/volleyball hybrid). Dodgeball does give you that control using the d-pad.

Conclusion:

I would not recommend even renting this for most adult gamers but my daughters want me to buy it so I scored my review as a parent grading a product for their children. And the fact that I enjoyed darts and airplanes helped me decide to go ahead and buy this one.

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