|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.
However, when playing in the games 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 games replay value. Once youve played through the Story Mode, thats it, youve experienced the games story and it will play out the exact same way every time (even the witnesss testimonies and clues). However, in the Party Mode, while you wont 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 didnt 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.
If youre 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 youre looking for good gameplay, you may find the included mini-games to be a letdown, as most arent 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.
CCC News Director