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Next up on the “must make a game from the family movie” list: The Croods with The Croods: Prehistoric Party.
This game feels like a really cheap version of a Mario Party. You pick a character, go from start to finish and participate in minigames to win shells.
But this game lacks in imagination: there’s no difference between the 5 boards available, there are no three on one or two on two mini games in the 32 available.
But what really wrecks the game is the victory conditions for the first time you play each board. You win not by getting the most shells or by winning the most minigames.
No, you win by getting to the finish line first – being lucky with the roll of the die. That’s it. No skill, just luck.
And just like Mario Party, it’s really fun to play with three other players, but not much fun to play by yourself.
It’s too bad, really. There are quite a few minigames that are quite fun – from some of the races to the Tron cycle style game where you force the other players to crash into your trail of fire you lay behind you.
And after the first time you play through a level, you can choose to change the victory condition to whoever gets the most eggs (victories from winning minigames).
Also, you can play the 32 minigames – either one at a time or a set number as part of a tournament. It may be more fun than dredging your way through the really boring boards.
But this game needs more imaginative boards, and minigames that allow two on two play or three on one play for that $40 price tag.
The Croods; Prehistoric Party will thrill some young players, but the rest of us will get more fun from any of the Mario Party games. SKIP IT.