Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 35
  2. Negative: 17 out of 35
  1. With such a drastic difference in features and entertainment value between Stewie and the rest of his kin, one wonders why he didn't just get his own game. As it stands, you'll have to play through some pretty irritating nonsense just to get to the good stuff, and it's just not worth the effort.
  2. You wouldn't think it possible, but cartoon games have an even worse track record than film adaptations. South Park, Futurama, The Simpsons - all have debased themselves thoroughly when making the leap from telly to joypad. And yet even by those low standards, Family Guy is a pretty desperate experience.
  3. Family Guy tries to appeal to everyone by having three different genres in one short game and it fails miserably.
  4. It's a decent rental, in the same way that a softcore flick about aliens coming to earth to learn the ways of love is fun once, but there's no real longevity to any one part of the game.
  5. 70
    What's most impressive is the way a lot of humor is injected into the actual gameplay.
  6. If you're a fan of the show and you're naturally collecting the whole series on DVD, I think you'll be happy when you add this to your collection. But the Family Guy game works more as a piece of Family Guy memorabilia, rather than a game.
  7. Though it gets the show's style of humor down pat, Family Guy is derailed by frustrating and uninteresting gameplay.
  8. Family Guy won't last you very long - maybe 4-6 hours - but for the most part, the ever-changing palette of gameplay styles and top-notch Griffin comedy remains appealing throughout.
  9. The game, however, is a complete disaster, and is just barely playable. The content is definitely worth seeing, but you’ll have to trudge through gaming hell to see it.
  10. It is sad that Family Guy isn't a better game. It feels rushed and not fine tuned to make it really shine.
  11. Skip this one and check out Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story instead.
  12. 41
    It's repetitive, boring and even frustrating way more often than it should be.
  13. 40
    Sort of like a dorky teenager going through an identity crisis: it wants to be cool like all the other kids, but it hasn't quite figured out what it is about them that made them cool in the first place. The game isn't severely broken in any major way, but I can't bring myself to recommend it to even the most hardcore Family Guy fan.
  14. 20
    If you are a fan of the series, you would need to have never played any other games over the last ten years for this to come across as impressive.
  15. 60
    It's no sexy party in the gameplay department, but it's no smoked meat log, either.
  16. 40
    Exactly what I expected it to be -- a perfectly mediocre game with a few good jokes and not a whole lot of gameplay.
  17. Most of the action is aggravating, but Brian's stealth missions are intolerable. In several of his levels, you have to steer him away from trees, or he'll lose control and make you wait while he takes a whiz.
  18. 65
    But, in trying to recreate the magic of the series, the game dies on the toilet with recycled gags, rehashed plot premises and repetitive gameplay; this is despite solid scripting and voice work from Seth MacFarlane and company.
  19. The game is resplendent with in-jokes from the series, and a ridiculous amount of content from the series is present in some form. The trick is to see past the occasional frustration, and simplistic gameplay.
  20. The humour does little more than raise the game's entertainment value from below average to average.
  21. Lots of people will buy this because it is the Family Guy game. Lots of people will be disappointed. Some won't be, but these are the people who bought the Knight Rider game and then went out and bought the sequel. Don't be one of those people.
  22. This awful game liberally spits in the face of every Family Guy enthusiast, even with its budget price tag. [Christmas 2006, p.100]
  23. A fun game and is well worth playing through. Unfortunately, you can play through the game in less than eight hours. While brief, most of the game plays fairly well and the quirky characters and jokes will have you laughing out loud at times.
  24. If you like the "Family Guy" TV show and you're willing to tolerate sub-par gameplay if the writing's good enough, go grab Xenosaga II, and go ahead and snag Family Guy while you're at the shop. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)
  25. Family Guy feels divorced from the quality of its TV show inspiration; although funny, the game play is shallow and poorly realized. Next!
  26. I reward the game for its outstanding creativity and its fun game play. Unfortunately, its downfalls brought the game to a crash.
  27. Trouble is, the designers seem to be unaware of the fact that occasionally the player may die and be forced to restart an area...and listen to the same, unskippable, longwinded intro each time. [Jan. 2007, p.86]
  28. Technically polished and full of character, but as a game it's horribly frustrating. [Christmas 2006, p.70]
  29. You could suffer in the hope of a smirk or you could just buy the DVDs. Giggity-goo! Etc. [Christmas 2006, p.80]
  30. The controls are frustrating, the gameplay is mercilessly repetitious and even the humor gets old after a few hours. [Jan 2007, p.88]
  31. Nothing new for fans of the series and nothing that appeals to gamers, a game that had room for so much potential, sadly falls short in reality.
  32. There are the seeds of a good Family Guy-based game here, but they're buried under some extremely repetitive and annoying gameplay.
  33. Just plain dreadful...There was only ever a faint hope it wouldn’t be as bad as "The Simpsons Skateboarding" or that "Futurama" game, but it is.
  34. Though voiced and scripted by the people behind the TV show, the game is lightweight, and its quirky navigation and control issues make it one for serious fans only.
  35. I already suffered through the X-Men game this summer, so I figured Family Guy comedy would give the formula a much-needed lift. Clearly I’ve been betrayed, suckered into the same damn thing, and now I’m just frustrated. Family Guy has come very far in reproducing the TV experience, but doesn’t get the same ratings.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. EliG.
    Oct 24, 2006
    2
    Family Guy is one of the worst games of the year. The in game graphics are passable at past and the cutscenes are terrible looking. The gameplay is repetive and boring and the I didn't laugh once! The jokes are literally ripped out of previous Family Guy eps and thrown in. I haven't found on redeeming factor for this piece of **** game. I'm a huge Family Guy fan but this game just flat out blows. Full Review »
  2. AnonymousMC
    Oct 17, 2006
    10
    This is just to better average out the first user vote. I can't believe someone who has -never- played the game thinks that they are -somehow- qualified to provide a review of the title. Tell me, sir, are you able to live your life in God Mode? Is that how you've gained your omniscience? Full Review »
  3. May 16, 2014
    5
    I will give you a warning: full of adult jokes and also a very difficult game. The storyline is extremely basic, but the gameplay is average. A really good and funny minigame has you press buttons in rhythm to Peter's farting noises! Missions are split up into 3 sections. On Stewie's missions, you blast your way through stages packed with Bertram's minions. On Peter's missions, you punch bad guys in the face and move on, Streets Of Rage style! Brian's missions are stealthy sections, which are extremely difficult. If you get spotted by absolutely anyone in these sections, you will have to restart from your last checkpoint. There are also some 'cutaway' minigames, just like the show. These will have you mashing your buttons for a few seconds until you win or lose. The 'cutaways' are probably the best part of the game, though. So, overall, average game. Bad things are the storyline, frustrating difficulty and Brian's stealth missions. Good things are the 'cutaways' and Stewie's shooting missions. Full Review »