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Disney Guilty Party

Disney Guilty Party

Spring 2011 Video Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Price: $49.99
Gaming System: Nintendo Wii

In Disney's Guilty Party, players solve mysteries and nab suspects who are in cahoots with the game's evil villain, Mr. Valentine. To solve a mystery, players seek clues and interrogate suspects in the game's various locations. The mysteries start in a mansion, and branch out to locations like a train, an aquarium, and a ship, and the usual suspects pop up in each place.

To solve the mystery, players track clues in their detective notebooks. Before making an accusation, they must collect clues about the suspect's gender, hair length, body shape, and height. You can gather clues by investigating the scene and by interrogating suspects, which are really a series of mini games. You can brush the dust off of the crime scene or develop a photograph by shaking your Wii remote. To interrogate suspects you can stare them down, punch your fist to intimidate them, bribe them by putting money in their hands, tickle them, and more. Though a few of these mini-games are frustrating, most are fun and quite funny.

Making an accusation requires proof that you've done all of your deductive reasoning. For each suspect identifier - gender, hair, body shape, and height - you must select the clue that revealed that information. As the game gets harder, you have to start proving that suspects are innocent.

The game can be played single player, competitively, and cooperatively, but it's best in cooperative mode when players can share information. All mysteries can be replayed with different outcomes, making replay much more interesting. Overall, the mysteries are entertaining, the animation is fun, and the gameplay is engaging for players of all different ages. This is a great addition to your family game library.

Amy Kraft   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Amy Kraft is a freelance writer, producer, and game designer with over ten years of experience making media for children. She writes the blog Media Macaroni and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.

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