Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
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  1. Like youth, EA Playground’s single-player mode is fleeting, but still a fun romp through the schoolyard of mini-games.
  2. Although EA Playground is obviously meant for children, it falls short severely in depth.
  3. More of a stocking filler than an under the tree type of purchase.
  4. EA Playground is probably the best multiplayer Wii experience since Wii Sports. Even with its eventual AI challenge, there's nothing complex about this game--and there shouldn't be.
  5. Although it wants to be like Wii Sports and be enjoyable by yourself or with others, it just doesn't get that far. However at the same token, EA Playground when played with others is a really strong experience and it's use of the motion technology comes together very nicely and makes for an enjoyable game to play through.
  6. In short, EA Playground is fun for neither kids nor adults. The mini-games don't have the depth of those in Wii Sports or the quirky innovations of those in Wario Ware. The visuals don't have the appeal or charm of a Disney/Pixar game, or even that one about the puppets in the garden Tom likes so much.
  7. 60
    There is some fun to be had with EA Playground, but it doesn’t do much to rise above the glut of mediocrity that has made a cozy little home on the Wii.
  8. The game could stand to have a wider range of mini-games, and I would have liked to see a bit more connection between the motion sensing capabilities of the Wii and the onscreen action as I felt a tad detached from the proceedings – if these items are addressed for a future sequel, we might have the next WarioWare or Cooking Mama on our hands.
  9. It’s all decently fun, and the Wii controls are utilized to good effect. But, you know, there’s only so long something like this is going to hold my attention. If you’re of an advanced age like myself, say over 10, this is probably going to seem a bit dull.
  10. It's a great choice for the wee Wii gamers in your life, but if you're old enough to get arrested for lurking around a real-life playground, you won't find the virtual version any more welcoming.
  11. It may not contain the addictive "party" element of Nintendo's Wii Sports, but this Playground isn't a bad place for kids and their parents to hang out.
  12. Overall EA Playground can be fun for younger gamers, but it's not going to win them over like a new version of Pokemon would. It's basically a rainy day diversion when the weather keeps the kids off of the real playground.
  13. While an older player will quickly get bored with this title, I think this is a great game for families with kids.
  14. EA Playground puts forth a family-friendly assortment of games with a few absolute gems.
  15. EA Playground is limited in its ambitions and the scope that the developer has applied to the project. Throwing seven mini-games into the mix does not make for a full game, especially when they have been executed with a five year old in mind.
  16. 80
    For parents, it's nice to have a gaming option that's not tied to licensing for yet another TV show. And the gameplay that is there fun and simple, so when the young gamer in the house does want to play multiplayer, it'll be entertaining for everyone.
  17. Unfortunately there are problems with the control scheme (seriously who let this game ship with only d-pad controls) and a lack of a real captivating mini-game. For what is presented, this will entertain your family (kids) for several hours on end.
  18. The lack of depth in the single player and the short variety of the multiplayer games will be hard to grasp to anyone who is not looking for that next party title for the Wii. With possibly more mini games, and especially more lengthy addicting games, EA Playground could see a second life.
  19. 66
    There's no mini in EA Playground that's as fun, addictive (or, for that matter, deep, strangely enough) as Wii Sports bowling or golf.
  20. 65
    Truthfully, we were pleasantly surprised with EA Playground when we got our hands-on the final version. However, the number of activities in the game is subpar, leaving little to do and see once you've experienced each only a couple of times.
  21. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    Simple and accessible, with short games and a good use of the Wii Remote. It will please its target audience, the children. However, the other players will just consider it to be too limited. [Jan 2008]
  22. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    Harmless, family fun. [Issue#17, p.91]
  23. Nintendo Gamer
    Compared to this month's "Thrillville," EA Playground is severely lacking. Don't let the EA brand influence you - the kid in you will much prefer the theme park over the playground. [Christmas 2007, p.53]
  24. While none of the games are quite as deep and compulsive as Wii Sports, they’re entertaining enough on their own to keep players waggling through the short single-player mode.
  25. 75
    Definitely not mentally stimulating but the games will require a good level of reflexes and hand-eye co-ordination.
  26. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    We were 52% through the single-player game within 45 minutes of starting. [Christmas 2007, p.88]
  27. 65
    EA Playground is an okay game with only seven or so mini games, but they are all enjoyable and quite a few people will find themselves coming back to dodgeball, so you could do a lot worse.
  28. 75
    The visuals, music and effects aren't going to break the bank, but certainly do everything that's asked of them.
  29. The best way to explain the fun of this game is like a Mario Bros. game. Sure you can beat it in a half hour, the stages are simple, the gameplay can be repetitive for the number of times played, and the feeling is almost oversimplified after a few rounds, but there's still that something that keeps players coming back to it.
  30. If they can add some content and challenge and work a bit on the controls, there’s a definite place for a playground game in the marketplace. It does relate to the younger set and can encourage family play.
  31. VideoGamer
    This won't replace Wii Sports as the mini-game collection of choice, but it's another option should Wii Tennis and Bowling start to feel a little over played.
  32. The mini-games are actually quite fun, and only Tetherball and Wall Ball stand out as weaknesses. If you're looking for a great family game or something to hold the kids over until the next Spongebob or Naruto game, then EA Playground is a great choice.

Awards & Rankings

#60 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 7 out of 30
  1. Nov 18, 2012
    I love this game. The controls are easy to learn
  2. kflof
    Dec 26, 2009
    This game cracks our friends and family up. It's a great game for those first time users too! All will enjoy!
  3. RickieRoll
    Jan 29, 2009
    My 6 year girl loves this (she can play it all day) and I do to Im 36 years old. Its got something for the whole family as a fun Family My 6 year girl loves this (she can play it all day) and I do to Im 36 years old. Its got something for the whole family as a fun Family multiplayer. Id put it up there with WII sports and Wii play as a family Game. But its different in a Good Way. The only thing is its a little harder to set more than two remotes in on this one but its not bad as you get used to it. Full Review »