IGN Preview of New Carnival Games
With six million copies of the original game sold across Wii and DS it was a no brainer that 2K would make a sequel to Carnival Games. Despite the uninspiring name, New Carnival Games, it's shaping up to be a considerably bigger sequel.
2K is throwing a lot more content at gamers, ensuring the Wii version of New Carnival Games features 30 mini-game challenges. Two of the original classics are returning, including Alley Ball (rolling balls up a ramp and trying to get them into small holes) and the challenging Hoops.
We got to see a sneak-peak at five of the brand new games (all using the Wii Motion Plus). First up was Shatter Pitch, which let's you flick the Wii-Mote to toss baseballs at plates. Break as many as possible to win some of the 300 unique prizes.
Another new game is Smile. This game challenges you to aim a little cannon at giant clown faces and knock the teeth out of their smile. We never liked clowns so this was our favourite.
Haunted Hunting was another good example of Wii Motion Plus, as you use the Wii-Mote to aim at little targets on a range of skeletons, zombies and others jumping out of a haunted train ride.
Under 7, Over 31 is an odd game. We didn't really like it to be perfectly honest. You hold the Wii-Mote sideways and tilt it to adjust the angle of a little metal ball that is then dropped and rolls into one of six numbered slots. You need to either get almost all of them into the #6 slot to get a score over 31 or you need to get them into the #1 to get under 7. A very hard game and not much fun.
Soda Pop Up was a bit more interesting. Essentially it let you use the Wiimote as a fishing rod with a ring on the end of the line. You loop the ring over the top of a bottle lying down on a small platform and try to stand it up without it falling off the platform.
Another new introduction in New Carnival Games is the attractions (like fortune teller machines and claw pickup machines). Visually the game looks pretty decent and the Motion Plus integration is well-implemented. Sure this sort of a game is more aimed at younger players but it's still shaping up to be a solid party game for all.
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