Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 35
  2. Negative: 17 out of 35
  1. 70
    What's most impressive is the way a lot of humor is injected into the actual gameplay.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Family Guy feels divorced from the quality of its TV show inspiration; although funny, the game play is shallow and poorly realized. Next!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 60
    It's no sexy party in the gameplay department, but it's no smoked meat log, either.
  10. Skip this one and check out Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story instead.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Technically polished and full of character, but as a game it's horribly frustrating. [Christmas 2006, p.70]
  16. Though it gets the show's style of humor down pat, Family Guy is derailed by frustrating and uninteresting gameplay.
  17. 40
    Exactly what I expected it to be -- a perfectly mediocre game with a few good jokes and not a whole lot of gameplay.
  18. 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.
  19. The humour does little more than raise the game's entertainment value from below average to average.
  20. It is sad that Family Guy isn't a better game. It feels rushed and not fine tuned to make it really shine.
  21. There are the seeds of a good Family Guy-based game here, but they're buried under some extremely repetitive and annoying gameplay.
  22. 41
    It's repetitive, boring and even frustrating way more often than it should be.
  23. 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.
  24. This awful game liberally spits in the face of every Family Guy enthusiast, even with its budget price tag. [Christmas 2006, p.100]
  25. 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]
  26. 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.
  27. The controls are frustrating, the gameplay is mercilessly repetitious and even the humor gets old after a few hours. [Jan 2007, p.88]
  28. You could suffer in the hope of a smirk or you could just buy the DVDs. Giggity-goo! Etc. [Christmas 2006, p.80]
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Family Guy tries to appeal to everyone by having three different genres in one short game and it fails miserably.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. I reward the game for its outstanding creativity and its fun game play. Unfortunately, its downfalls brought the game to a crash.
  35. 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.)
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 21, 2012
    Hilarious game. It feels like I'm playing an episode of the show. It has standard video game stuff, but with a family guy theme. It's worth at least one playthrough. Full Review »