I recently received the Family Game Night 4: The Game Show for review on my geek dad blog. As you can tell by the name, this Electronic Arts video has a game show theme. FGN4 features five games: Connect 4 Basketball, Yahtzee! Bowling, Scrabble Flash, Bop It Boptagon, and Sorry! Sliders. Bottom line: Family Game Night 4 is a family-oriented video game. It probably won’t appeal to action-oriented gamers, but my kids and I had fun playing the FGN4 games. Family Game Night 4: The Game Show is available now for the Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3, and Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming consoles. The video game has a list price of $39.99, but you can get it for less on Amazon.
With Family Game Night 4: The Game Show, you have the option of playing each game individually or play all five games automatically in game show mode. At the start of the game show, you receive a Monopoly Crazy Cash Card. After each game, each player (up to two players can play in the Wii version) receives another card. The value of each card varies, so you don’t know who won the overall game show until all the cards are added up at the end.
This is my favorite game in Family Game Night 4: The Game Show. In this game, you push your slider down the track and into a scoring area. You get the most points by sliding your slider into the center of the scoring zone. However, your opponent can bump you out of scoring position. I like to annoy my kids by sliding my slider in a way that blocks their path.
Connect 4 Basketball
In this game, you shoot basketballs into seven columns. The goal is to place four balls in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal). The catch is that you have to do it before your opponent does, and your opponent can also block your progress. I use to be a pretty good basketball player in my day, but for some reason my kids keep beating me in this game.
This game is a poker-bowling hybrid. To see your hand, you use a bowling ball to knock down five pins. As far as I can tell, you can’t miss any of the pins. Each pin has a value from one to six. Your hand is based on how the pins are knocked down (kinda of like rolling five dices). There are nine different hands. The best hand is five of a kind (Yahtzee).
In this game, each player has 30 seconds to rearrange five tiles into three- to five-letter words. The game gets harder as it progresses because once a word has been used, it can’t be used again in that game. Scrabble Flash is one of those games that’s a bit unfair to younger kids because they have a smaller vocabulary, which is why I always win this game. No mercy.
Bop It Boptagon
This is the game I have the most problems with. I think it’s because I’m uncoordinated. In Bop It Boptagon, you have to bop, twist, pull, whack, and kick at the right time. When you make a mistake, a life is taken away and given to the other player. My children alway beat me in this game.
More info: Family Game Night 4: The Game Show (Wii, PS3, Xbox 360).