The Bottom Line
- One of the sillier, faster, and more fun party games out there
- Over 20 mini-games included
- Only requires one PlayStation Move controller for four players
- Great for both adults and kids
- Would be nice to have more mini-games
- Transitions between games could happen faster, less menu, more game time
- Two-player simultaneous games would be nice
- Publisher:Sony Computer Entertainment
- Developer: Supermassive
- ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Party Game, Casual Game
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, PS Move required
Guide Review - Start the Party - PS3 Move
Folks who try to point out that these are similarities between the PlayStation EyeToy games like "Play" and get the party started have an easy task. Sure the PlayStation Eye game "Start the Party" is more accurate, and uses the PlayStation Move controller instead of using the hand or the body of the player, but really, it's a more advanced version and that's about it. But the real question is, "So what?"
It's not like people really played all that many PlayStation Eye games, and it's certainly not something they've done recently. When I busted out "Get the Party Started" at two different parties no-one made the connection with "Play" and when I brought it up, not a soul knew what I was talking about. So, while it may not be "innovative," it was fun, popular, and novel with the groups of folks I played it with.
As far as the minigames being dull, I can sympathize. When I played it with my partner, we got bored and wanted to flip through them faster, but it was a very different experience with a group. While our scores were tight, with groups it's far more competitive, little differences make bigger differences, and the competition is far more tense.
With two of us, I didn't care who could put more toppings on a pizza, or pop more inflatable fish, or who could slice more fruit with a pirate sword (reminiscent of "Fruit Ninja"). But with four players, the tension was palpable. "Start the Party" became a wacky, wild competition.
The reality is that it's hard to review a party game. It's sort of like playing "Monopoly" or "Checkers" by yourself, the fun just isn't there. Add a few friends, obnoxious ones if you have them, and a good time is around the corner.
Sure cutting hair in patterns, painting on the screen, or brushing alligator teeth seem dull, but I'm telling you, they make wonderful competitions. So is this a great solo-game? Yeah, not so much. Is it an alternative to "Gran Turismo 5?" Probably not. But is it a fun party game for the young and or young at heart? Well, now there's the right question.