Carnival Island PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2011

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
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  1. Dec 2, 2011
    Overall Carnival Island is something of a disappointment. Its position as a budget game does go some way to excusing the rather thin content within, but its biggest problem is that the content that it does have just isn't very compelling or interesting.
  2. Dec 12, 2011
    Unlike a lot of hastily thrown together minigame collections, Carnival Island seems well thought out – it even has a story mode. The 35+ game modes will surely have at least one that will appeal to almost any gamer, and the cute collectable pets will keep the collectors happy.
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    Anybody who has played any other motion-based carnival adventure, however, will find nothing remarkable at play with this one -- not unless they really want to see animated raccoons screaming incomprehensible drivel at them.
  4. Nov 18, 2011
    Quite possibly the best mini-game compilation title I have played on any platform, Carnival Island does a great job of catering to a younger audience but simultaneously keeps things interesting enough for older gamers.
  5. Jan 3, 2012
    This carny simulator's as simple as can be-but it's surprisingly fun and definitely helps bolster the Move's casual appeal.
  6. Jan 13, 2012
    It's colorful mini-games and fascinating visuals will surely satisfy youngsters, but if you're not among them you should consider looking elsewhere.
  7. Dec 12, 2011
    Carnival Island uses the Move-controllers in a great way. So it is too bad that the developers seemingly ran out of ideas after creating just a few minigames.
  8. Nov 26, 2011
    Carnival Island is great family fun and an awesome way to experience the PS Move. With so many games and game variations, and so many rewards, prizes, and balloons to unlock, kids and their parents will find countless hours of wholesome entertainment waiting inside this magical playground
  9. Nov 3, 2011
    Your children are in the mood for a get together at the carnival? This is the perfect title. In this magical atmosphere, there are dozens of little events such as rifle shooting or mini-bowling and basketball, as well as tickets to spend on balloons and other accessories. The PS Move controls are very accurate and the game is fun... but not for longer than an afternoon, given its lack of variety and really deep gameplay.
  10. Dec 7, 2011
    Quite an enjoyable, beautiful and nicely crafted Move game for kids. The motion controller of Sony needs more games like this one.
  11. Games Master UK
    Dec 17, 2011
    It's a huge selection of sideshow attractions that makes good use of the Move controller's amaze-o-tech. [Jan 2012, p.90]
  12. Nov 16, 2011
    Carnival Island is actually quite a bit of fun and makes nice use of the precision PS Move controls. If you have kids or are looking for an enjoyable, family friendly experience, it's worth checking out.
  13. Nov 11, 2011
    If you're over twelve years old, it's just another mini game collection as we know it. Younger players will have their share of joy with Carnival Island, but not too long, either.
  14. Dec 19, 2011
    In the end, this is one of the better mini-game collections for the PlayStation Move and if you're playing it solo, most gamers will easily be able to finish the title in a few hours.
  15. Dec 22, 2011
    A collection of mini games with controls that actually works great. After a few hours a lack of content might be noticed, but this game is one of the best implementation of the Playstation Move controller yet.
  16. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Jan 2, 2012
    If you are an adult, you have to be in a really good mood to survive all this over-the-top happiness. But it is however a wonderful game to play together with your kids. The minigames are challenging, but easy enough to be enjoyed by players of all ages. [December 2011, p.86]
  17. Play UK
    Jan 9, 2012
    Inoffensive, shallow, sometimes fun but nothing that will engage over a long period of time. [Issue#213, p.92]
  18. 60
    Overall, the game is too short, even for a minigame, but each minigame is rather enjoyable – especially for younger children.
  19. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 3, 2011
    Does a tidy job of recreating familiar sideshow attractions. [Christmas 2011, p.109]
  20. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Nov 26, 2011
    Carnival Island is extremely easy, but with a projected audience of families with young children, this is understandable. [Holiday 2011, p.79]
  21. Nov 22, 2011
    Long loading times, game crashes and framedrops are rather annoying, but other than that you will have a good time with this family game.
  22. Nov 15, 2011
    An inviting mini-game compilation that gets a lot right. Its slick PlayStation Move implementation is a stark reminder of the device's potential, and the entire package is buoyed by a strong art direction and a good variety of activities. Sadly it's let down by a poorly thought out interface and some inexplicable loading issues.
  23. Nov 28, 2011
    Carnival Island does exactly what it claims to on the box: it offers a compelling (and challenging) set of carnival-themed mini-games, a light story and offers the perfect all-ages showcase for the Move. If you have a Move, you want this game.
  24. Dec 9, 2011
    As it stands, Carnival Island isn't that bad of a minigame compilation. It looks and sounds fine, and the controls are exactly what one expects from a Move title.
  25. Nov 23, 2011
    The combination of brilliant Move-controls and funny mini games makes Carnival Island one of the best partygames on the PlayStation 3 this year. The visual aspect is very nice and in spite of the loading times and the rare crash, Carnival Island is worth buying.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 27, 2014
    It's a fine game only few people will get to experience due to the lack of a move controller. There's basicly seven kinds of mini-games here,It's a fine game only few people will get to experience due to the lack of a move controller. There's basicly seven kinds of mini-games here, but every game has five levels with a different set-up and missions. The single player mode can be beaten within two hours like most mini-game compilations, but that's excusable because these games are meant to be replayed.

    The game will provide a whole new experience if you play it together with family or friends, as your misses will be enjoyed and laughed at. Controls are perfect and very responsive. The BGM is typical carnival music, but forgetable. There's animated cutscenes as well, but they're nothing big to brag about as the animation is mediocre at best.

    This is a enjoyable game alone, but playing it with more people will boost the enjoyment.
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  2. Nov 20, 2011
    I think this is a very good party game. If you play this with a group of friends you will really enjoy it alot. You will enjoy it even more ifI think this is a very good party game. If you play this with a group of friends you will really enjoy it alot. You will enjoy it even more if you are drinking... Even playing solo the game is alot of fun and the mini-games are creative and fun. The PlayStation move works well with the game, I had no lag issues or inaccurate movements. Full Review »