14th Apr2013

‘The Croods: Prehistoric Party’ Review (3DS)

by Phil Wheat

Inspired by the Dreamworks animated movie The Croods, this latest in a long line of video game tie-ins tries something a little different to other such games. Whereas many a licensed game will take the plot of the film and shoehorn it into a totally unrelated game or rush production leading to a flawed finished product, The Croods: Prehistoric Party takes a leaf out of the Mario Party playbook and uses the film as inspiration for a prehistoric party game featuring the cast of characters and some of the locations from the Dreamworks movie.

The Croods: Prehistoric Party¬†features 30 mini games including rock bowling, egg football, many of which are also available in the Wii and Wii U¬†versions. – in fact the only major difference between the home console iteration and the 3DS version is the fact that the handheld game is single player only, which defeats the purpose of a “party game” right? Maybe…

Whilst you can play The Croods: Prehistoric Party in single player mode, there is a “Tournament” mode available that sees you take on other members of the Croods in a set of mini games in order to earn Prehistoric points (and win against your opponent) and these points can be used to purchase unlockables within the game – including artwork from the film and bonus mini games.

If you’ve ever played a party game before you’ll know what to expect from The Croods: Prehistoric Party. Bright, colourful and very kid-friendly, the game is perfect for kids who enjoyed the movie.

The Croods: Prehistoric Party is available now on Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U.

** 2/5

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