Disney Guilty Party Review
Disney Guilty Party box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Wideload Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Disney Interactive Studios 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Aug. 31, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Savvy cards also play a part in the action, giving players added bonuses that help solve the mystery. These can provide anything from additional coins to being able to move around the current environment for free as long as you still have one coin left. These cards will also be necessary for undoing the negative influences of Mr. Valentine, who will attempt to impede the players’ progress after every turn. A card may allow you to turn the lights back on in a room, allowing you to see witnesses and clues that would otherwise be hidden or even unlock doors that would stop the course of your investigation if left locked.

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However, when playing in the game’s other mode, Party Mode, savvy cards take on a life of their own. While you can play cooperatively in Party Mode, some may find competitive play more entertaining. When playing against up to three other players, it is as important to slow down the other players as it is to solve the mystery. Savvy cards will make this much easier, allowing each player to sabotage others by locking doors around them, taking their coins and cards, turning out the lights, or simply moving them away from clues. Unfortunately, when playing with four players, most mysteries remain unsolved due to the sheer amount of mayhem unleashed by the players, while competing with fewer players seems less interesting and more mean spirited, as there are fewer players to pick on.

Still, the Party Mode can be a fun alternative to the Story Mode, as it will provide most of the game’s replay value. Once you’ve played through the Story Mode, that’s it, you’ve experienced the game’s story and it will play out the exact same way every time (even the witness’s testimonies and clues). However, in the Party Mode, while you won’t be treated to the humorous cutscenes before and after every case, the mysteries are randomized. After playing through a plethora of matches in this mode, I didn’t have one case that played out similarly to another, other than the basic formula of the game which remains constant no matter the mode or case.

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If you’re looking for a family friendly whodunit game, Guilty Party is likely your only alternative. Fortunately, it is a good one with its zany characters, humorous antics, ridiculous story, and easy to get into gameplay. However, if you’re looking for good gameplay, you may find the included mini-games to be a letdown, as most aren’t exactly fun or particularly challenging. In the end, although Guilty Party could simply be labeled as just another mini-game compilation, its charm, humor, and story make it feel significantly more substantial than the plethora of soulless “fifty games in one” titles that continue to crowd store shelves.

By Adam Brown
CCC News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
The characters are quite expressive, although, when viewed close up, some can be a little creepy.
3.2
Control
Most of the mini-games simply require waggling to complete, however, when precision is needed, there can be issues.
4.1
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and sound effects fit the game perfectly, with a custom theme song for the title thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, the characters’ in-game dialog does get repetitive quickly.
3.7

Play Value
The Story Mode is the real highlight of this package, while the Party Mode helps to add longevity to the title after you’ve solved the main mystery.

3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Become a detective: The Wii Remote becomes a lock pick, magnifying glass, flashlight, and more.
  • Search for the elusive villain Mr. Valentine in Story Mode.
  • In Party Mode, select your favorite location and let the game generate an all-new mystery. Never play the exact same game twice!
  • Play with 1 to 4 players, cooperatively or competitively.
  • Each player can select an independent difficulty setting so newcomers can play alongside experienced gamers.


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