• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 7, 2010

Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 47
  2. Negative: 9 out of 47
Buy On
  1. Play UK
    while it's fun with friends and family, it's just not one you'd bother with alone. [Issue#196, p.93]
  2. Jan 4, 2011
    At its heart, the game features a collection of mini-games which some work and some just don't. Just like all casual party games, Start the Party does target the younger gamer, more specifically those under 15.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 4, 2011
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  4. Core gamers looking for a deep experience, or loners wanting a solo affair will be gravely disappointed in Start the Party. However, those of you who buy it for what it is meant to be are in for a real treat.
  5. Start The Party! is a bright, colorful and well animated game. The visual style is a little on the wacky side, and there's plenty of comical voiceovers and sound effects all throughout.
  6. This game reminds us of Eye Toy and the PS2. The first sessions with Eye Toy were great but after three or four playthroughs we put it back in the shelf. Start the Party! is having exactly the same problem. Technically it is way better than Eye Toy but after some entertaining hours the game become boring. Like every other Party-Game it is only entertaining with a group of friends.
  7. There's not much depth here. This game is likely to be abandoned after a few breakthroughs. It'll give a group a lot of fun before it stops though.
  8. This collection of Move-powered minigames is fun with friends but has little to offer solo players.
  9. 64
    Start the Party! Is a fun mix of minigames and great to play with your friends. The PlayStation Move is well integrated and works perfect with the many minigames. The only sad part is that the game isn't pretty big and that not every minigame is playable as a standalone game.
  10. Well, the first play-through is fun, but if your party is scheduled to last longer, you'd better have an alternative title in the back of your hand.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 25, 2010
    Start the Party! is great for younger kids, but the young at heart will find the fun is spread pretty thinly. The game also doesn't completely live up to its title as a 'party starter', or its exclamation point for that matter. This mainly because 'multiplayer' is a missed opportunity thanks to it relying upon a pass-and-play style rather than head-to head. [November 2010 p67]
  12. The novelty of playing around with augmented reality will quickly wear out under the weight of the game's shallowness and obnoxious demeanor.
  13. 60
    Sadly, the minigames collected here are an uneven bunch. Some are just so incredibly simple as to be entertaining no more than once (like painting shapes on the screen or swatting bugs); while others, including the rescue copter I mentioned and the more creative offerings (haircuts done to spec), have more staying power.
  14. Start the Party's problem is that at £30 the content on offer feels too slight and the fun will start to run out a lot sooner than you'd like.
  15. A serviceable showpiece, but there aren't a lot of modes to explore, and the short-lived mini-games get repetitive pretty quickly. It's fun in short bursts, but it doesn't approach the staying power of the most memorable party games.
  16. 60
    This party is more lulls that LOLs.
  17. 60
    With a short single player lifespan, Start the Party! is produced well enough, but is truly a multiplayer game at heart.
  18. 60
    At around $60, Start the Party is more of a game to show off what your new camera and motion controller can do to easily astounded guests. It could be good to rent, but to buy? Maybe when it hits the bargain bins.
  19. These flashes of inspiration can't stop Start the Party from being an extremely fleeting experience.
  20. Start the Party as a single player experience is seriously lacking, but like most casual games the experience improves when played with friends.
  21. It's not going to change the world and the fact that it's one player at once is a real shame, but it's highly likely to get the grandparents giggling like kids, and, to be honest, when you're buying a game like Start The Party, that's all you can ask for.
  22. You can't go far wrong for some cheap multiplayer laughs with Start the Party! but there simply isn't enough long-lasting content to warrant the asking price.
  23. Nine unspectacular turn-based mini-games, none of which you're likely to play alone or on a long-term basis. No matter how much you've been drinking.
  24. Start The Party is an HD clone of Wii Play, created for PS3 and Move with a 5 years delay. The mini-game compilation is not too bad: some games are better than others, and the gameplay is always easy to understand and execute. Anyway, the entire experience is not so interesting.
  25. 60
    The game has not quite fulfilled its potential, with overall good minigames but not enough variety.
  26. 58
    Ultimately, Start The Party! is an inoffensive suite of party-centric minigames; they range from amusing distractions to boring EyeToy Play rehashes.
  27. 55
    Start the Party! guarantees a fun evening with its 20 mini-games. The singleplayer is boring so be sure to have a lot of friends in the room when you play this one.
  28. Games Master UK
    Jan 4, 2011
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  29. Jan 4, 2011
    Look out for this one in the bargain bins.
  30. Edge Magazine
    Dec 22, 2010
    All good clean fun, then, but it's not really anything we haven't seen before. [Nov 2010, p.95]
  31. Start the Party offers a small set of mini-games designed to draw you directly into your television. While it may provide some fun for a small gathering of people, there are not enough mini-games to make you return for a second round.
  32. Fun for playing with friend while doing a party at home, but it's too casual and it doesn't take advantage of the PlayStation Move.
  33. Start the Party uses the PlayStation Eye and the Move controller to deliver a forgettable line up of twenty augmented reality party games. Simply put: Casual gamers deserve better.
  34. This is a very unoriginal spiritual sequel to the EyeToy-games. After the fun you have because of the precision of the Move-controller wears off, there are nine mini-games that you rush through and that'll leave you bored. There's also no real multiplayer, a huge missed chance.
  35. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Sadly, this party will end quickly and the guests will leave unsatisfied. [Nov 2010, p.70]
  36. The appeal and fun are immediate but disappear in the short term and nothing new is done here.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Sep 19, 2010
    I have to say, I find some journalists irresponsible for rating this game very low. It's clearly aimed at families, and not at a 17 year oldI have to say, I find some journalists irresponsible for rating this game very low. It's clearly aimed at families, and not at a 17 year old who's out for a blood-splattering body count. Start the Party pull together a bunch of mini games and clusters of micro games where up to four can compete. This is somewhat similar to the Warioware Smooth Moves game on Wii, however, it lacks the staggering amount of mini games which is what made the Nintendo series quite appealing. Start the Party may be lacking in the quantity department, but it sure makes up with player interaction where technically it makes the Wii's offering look like a fossil . The superb use of augmented reality has players looking at themselves on screen, but what really sets it apart is watching your Move controller literally becoming a mole-smashing mallet, a flashlight, sword, and many other crazy items to interact with. Everyone gets to photograph themselves and record their voice for their wacky animated avatar. The graphics are colorful and really well animated, and the host's voice is perfect for this game-show like atmosphere, and at times, quite hilarious. Some games are simplistic and non-memorable, while others are downright clever. Come on, waving an animated portable fan to guide baby birds into nests has got to be seen.. especially when you miss. The game eerily feels tactile at times, between the live interaction and timed force feedback. Will it have the longevity an RPG? Of course not, but open minded adults will have quite a few laughs, and kids will be completely awestruck. Full Review »
  2. dz9
    Jul 26, 2011
    This game has so much potential only to be held back by lazy developing. Seeing yourself on your television interacting with the screen withThis game has so much potential only to be held back by lazy developing. Seeing yourself on your television interacting with the screen with depth-in-reality is awesome!! There is no other way to describe it, and all of the mini-games are enjoyable, some more so than others but each game will at least bring you entertainment. The obvious and most devastating flaw with the game is the lack of playability, there are only a few games with very few variations of the games. Therefore, beating and mastering this game to its full extent will take you 3 hours at the most, you may have a little fun with your family in this title, but after playing through the scarce mini games once or twice, your gonna move on to a much better title and never pick this up again. Full Review »
  3. Sep 24, 2010
    This game has been given some very unfair ratings... For starters this is going to be a great game for: Party's,Kids and the whole family. TheThis game has been given some very unfair ratings... For starters this is going to be a great game for: Party's,Kids and the whole family. The controls work well and the graphics are great. This is a real taster of what the Playstation Move has to offer!!! Full Review »