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  • Summary: EA Playground features games that are easy to pick-up-and-play by fully capitalizing on the unique control mechanics of both the Wii and the Nintendo DS. Swing the Wii remote to excel in tetherball, blow into the Nintendo DS mic to fire spitballs or battle your friends and family inEA Playground features games that are easy to pick-up-and-play by fully capitalizing on the unique control mechanics of both the Wii and the Nintendo DS. Swing the Wii remote to excel in tetherball, blow into the Nintendo DS mic to fire spitballs or battle your friends and family in dodgeball. Every game brings its own twist to the controls for the ultimate, all-ages, party game. In EA Playground, you don't always have to be playing with your friends and family in order to have fun. Explore the world on your own as you enter different locations, unlocking new activities, making wacky in-game friends and collecting rewards and stickers to upgrade your abilities along the way. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. It's all over a bit quickly, but it's good fun and quite challenging while it lasts. [Issue#17, p.93]
  2. 70
    The epitome of a "solid" experience. Nothing about it is amazing, but it's not bad...and it's certainly fun as long as you keep yourself in the mindset that these games skew a bit younger than your hardcore gamer.
  3. 67
    This is a game that certainly joins the dots, but ultimately has the feel of a 'design by committee' delivery. Although it does have its moments, it rarely shines as much as it could. Although this is no doubt the first in a series of releases from EA, it is fair to say they could have made a bigger splash with its first outing on the DS.
  4. A decent enough experience for younger players, the nine mini-games of EA Playground provide plenty of addictive – if not hugely challenging – fun.
  5. Obviously directed towards the children here and now, the presentation and lasting appeal of EA Playground does not grab hold of any adult’s hand any more firm than a child itself.
  6. This simplistic minigame collection is great for young kids, and no one else.
  7. Due to its target audience, it's understandable that EA Playground is easy, but it's inexcusable to have games that are only made challenging by their bad design.

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  1. JohnnyK.
    Oct 25, 2007
    10
    My kid tried it, and loved it!
  2. JasonM.
    Oct 25, 2007
    10
    A great game! Tons of unlockables, hours of fun and it includes dodgeball! Great job Kyle & Joel.
  3. CraigC.
    Oct 25, 2007
    10
    This game is the best , Spitballs is the shiz. Oh and Trampoline was Great!
  4. RyanW.
    Nov 14, 2007
    9
    As a 29 year old former hardcore gamer, I enjoyed EA Playground, so I don't think you have to be a kid to have fun with it. Progressing As a 29 year old former hardcore gamer, I enjoyed EA Playground, so I don't think you have to be a kid to have fun with it. Progressing through the game offers a well-balanced challenge, collecting marbles which in turn earn you stickers that give you power-ups, which you'll need in the harder levels. Earning all those things is fun, thanks in part to good implementation of the stylus controls when they are called for, while mixing in the rest of the controls and buttons. I found that dodgeball, for example, required a special hold of the DS, in order to operate the stylus, control pad, and trigger to throw, block, and move. That could be awkward and cramp-inducing, but it's effective control on a handheld nonetheless. While you may not like every game (hopscotch and the trampoline were a little too easy and simplistic for me), each one offers enough fun and playability to keep you trying again. Sometimes it may even get maddening. Dodgeball requires some strategy, as do a lot of other "special" challenges within some of the other games, so it's not all just simple child's play. Some other games just require you to hang on, like capturing bugs while avoiding stinging bees as you reach for the level's point goal. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of replay value unless you just want to play casually after beating all the challenges. And no single card play is a real letdown. Still, this game will stay in my travel pouch. Expand