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  • Summary: Carnival Games feature 25 popular games from classic carnivals, including Clown Splash, Milk Can Toss, Nerves of Steel, Lucky Cups, Hoops, Day at the Races and Dunk Tank. Players can win over 250 upgradeable prizes ranging from a goldfish to giant stuffed animals. Character-customizing items like a pirate's wardrobe and a Viking helmet are also there to be won. The game features a fortune teller who reveals a player's fate for a price. The moment you step into Carnival Games you can almost smell the funnel cakes as you are greeted by the barker and the sights and sounds of a classic carnival. The game was built from the ground up to take full advantage of the capabilities of the Wii Remote, so the flick of your wrist in Alley Ball makes the difference between scoring an impressive 100 points and a lowly 10 points. The ability to pound the Wii Remote like a sledgehammer with the right mix of power and finesse in Test of Strength determines whether you are a Contender or a Grandma. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 9 out of 27
  1. The simple pick-up-and-play mechanics embody everything the Nintendo Wii is about -- and they make for a fun experience, too.
  2. It does a good job of recreating timeless fairground classics, and because they are so recognizable, this really is a game that you can play with friends and family members of any age and they’ll instantly get it.
  3. "Wii Play" fans will like this inconsistent bunch of around 25 minigames, with competition mode keeping it lodged in your Wii for longer. [Christmas 2007, p.58]
  4. The Wii control implementation in the title is passable at its best, downright awkward at its nadir.
  5. We dislike some of the controls, and the games that suck in real life are just as annoying in the video game. Four person multiplayer enhances Carnival Games' appeal, but it's not very addictive.
  6. 45
    There are fun moments to be had - I’ll give the game that much - but you’ll have to wade through a sea of mediocrity if you want to find them. And in the end, it just isn’t worth the effort.
  7. Game play is a plodding, methodical chore, whose only rewards are unlocking another mediocre game or dressing your character more outlandishly. You never really get that feeling of accomplishment or frantic happiness that marks some of the better mini-game offerings for the Wii.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. PPT
    Sep 1, 2007
    This was so much fun/ I wish in single player mode they would've had some challenges against the computer though/ or a random games for single player too. Otherwise one of the funnest games on the wii right up there with wii sports. Expand
  2. KelliK.
    Sep 4, 2007
    Absolutely love this game! It takes advantage of all the things that make the wii fun - active, quick and engaging alone or in groups. You will play for hours to achieve what you never could at the real carnival. Great Game! Expand
  3. Stephanie
    Sep 24, 2007
    This is a fun family game/ we were looking for a game with good clean fun and that's what this is. My 6 year old and 11year old love it!
  4. JosephE.
    Sep 4, 2007
    This game is a lot of fun. It's cheap, and has a great selection of mini games that work well with groups. They also happen to work great as drinking games. ;) Expand
  5. GuilhermeM.
    Mar 9, 2008
    Not good, not bad. Little bit fun, but only for the first hours you play it.
  6. Filazafer
    Dec 13, 2007
    You get exactly what the title says, "Carnival Games." Nothing more, nothing less. The controls actually feel good and the games are about as fun as they are in real life. The problem is that a picture of a prize is not as rewarding as actually walking away with a huge stuffed animal. I had the most fun playing the game where you drop quarters on to the sliding platforms to push other quarters off. If that sounds exciting to you then I say go for it. I just rented it and I probably won't keep it long enough to play with friends, but I am sure it could be fun for a night. Expand
  7. SteveG.
    Sep 8, 2007
    This game stinks! what a waste of my time and money. not fun at all. boring. store will not take it back because it is open. should have read reviews first before buying. oh well. Expand

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