If your looking for a huge immersive gameplay experience, then this game isn't for you, but if your looking for several hours of fun, then its worth a rent. This game has a lot of fun little minigames. It is also offers more features than most other minigame collections. The art style is cute and charming. I would rent this game.
EA Playground takes seven mini games and basically makes them the whole game. The premise is basically that you're some kid looking to compete against the best the schoolyard has to offer. Beating these opponents will get you stickers to show off in your sticker book and marbles which you can use to buy super stickers. In case you're wondering, super stickers give you enhanced abilities in the various games you'll be playing. At first, it really seems like Playground offers quite a hearty game experience. You'll have many competitors as well as challenges and collectibles to find. Soon though, you realize that the game is pretty much just that: seven games, a few collections and a couple challenges. You'll probably find a few things you like. I thought slot cars, dodgeball and paper planes were solid and mostly enjoyable. Some will seem tedious, like wall ball or darts (basically an on-rail shooter). And a couple are frustrating because of the limited controls (tetherball and kicks). The whole game is done with just the Wiimote. No nunchuk is needed here, but it would have been handy. Flicking the Wiimote up, down and sideways can get confusing and seems unresponsive in the games that rely on those functions. Personally, I think the nunchuk's analog control and addition functionality would have flushed out some of the gameplay. If you find yourself sick of these games, there really isn't anything else to offer in Playground. Collection quests are actually the easiest parts of the game to complete. If you're willing to finish off every dare and challenge, I suppose it will give you a good overall experience. This one is meant to be played in small increments over a large period of time, but it's likely not worth buying for the time frame you'd require.