Hasbro Family Game Night is a collection of seven of Hasbro's board games, all of them already available as individual downloads on Xbox Live Arcade. Most of them have been reviewed well and you'll find identical versions on this retail disc, making it a good choice for the family that games together. This $40 disc is actually a better deal than downloading the games individually, which would set you back a total of $70.
Some of the included games are better than others, but there aren't any complete stinkers in the package.Battleship:
Thanks to great sound effects and a nice amount of visual flair, it's actually quite satisfying to sink an enemy vessel in Battleship. And there are two new modes not found in the board game, Salvo and Super Weapons, if you get bored with regular Battleship -- and you will. Some games were just meant to be played by two people in the same room, and Battleship is one of them. To us, this just doesn't quite work, although it's presented well and technically does all it needs to do. There are better offerings in this collection. Read our complete review of Battleship.Scrabble:
Scrabble is arguably the flagship title in Family Game Night, and it bears that burden well. It controls nicely, and there are a fair number of bells and whistles that couldn't be accomplished in its real-world counterpart. With multiple local modes, online multiplayer and an intuitive interface, this is one of the best word puzzle games available for the Xbox 360. But it's not without its drawbacks. The fact that you can't play against a computer opponent and the oddly angled screen in multiplayer take away from an otherwise very polished game. Read our full review of Scrabble.Yahtzee:
Yahtzee can be a fun distraction or an all day war between dedicated dice-rolling warriors. The Family Game Night version allows room for both, managing to be laid back and intense at the same time. The interface is solid, rolling the dice is fun, and there are no papers or pencils to deal with. So leave the dice in the drawer and fire this one up on your TV instead. Read our complete review of Yahtzee.Connect Four:
Connect Four works on a very basic level, making it great for kids and people who are extremely bored. There's an instant gratification at work here that makes this Family Game Night offering a natural fit for the videogame realm. It won't keep you up all night, but it will bring back those childhood memories and remind you that there's simple fun to be had with a stack of plastic chips, even if they aren't real. Read our full review of Connect Four.Sorry:
If you liked Sorry! the board game then you will probably like the videogame version. This is one of the best offerings in the Hasbro Family Game Night collection. Read our full review of Sorry!.Sorry Sliders:
Sorry! Sliders is a fun new take on the classic Sorry! game. This electronic version adds some amusing extras like a spinning target zone that aren't found in the physical game. The youngest and oldest in your family will enjoy this one. Read our full review of Sorry Sliders.Boggle:
If you like the Boggle board game you'll probably be pleased with how Electronic Arts has presented it here, and the ability to play online is great. Read our full review of Boggle.
Each game can be played either locally (with up to four players in the same room using separate controllers) or online over Xbox Live, and there are a number of different modes and options for each game to keep things interesting. Party and avatar support is included and as you play you'll unlock in-game trophies and other collectibles to go in your Hasbro Game Room, the 3D area inside the interface that shows off your board game skills.
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