Squeeballs Party

Just When You Thought Mini-Games Couldn’t Get Any More Bizarre...

What It Is

Squeeballs Party is a wacked-out collection of mini-games in which cute, little, living toys called Squeeballs act as the gear in a variety of sports challenges. The challenges range from the everyday activities of bowling and racket sports, where the Squeeballs are bowling pins and balls (respectively) to the more bizarre Stampede Challenge in which the player has to launch bombs at approaching Squeeballs before they can “overwhelm you with their love” (for real).

Why It’s Fun

Call me lazy but a game that requires a lot of reading before you get to any playing is too much work and not enough fun. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read but I’m not going to stand in front of my TV with a Wii-Remote in hand when I want to curl up with a good story. And most kids aren’t going to do that either. If you’ve watched kids play video games, you know they want to turn on and jump in. Fortunately, Squeeballs is so simple that most kids will be able to pop this game in the Wii and start playing within seconds. Controlling the game is extremely intuitive and anyone who has played Wii Sports will figure out Squeeballs in a flash.

Squeeballs also features a Head-to-Head challenge mode that allows two people to play against each other and adds a fun competitive element to the game.

Who’s Going To Love It

Although the game is rated Everyone 10+ (more on that in a second) this game is mainly going to appeal to young kids between the ages of 5 and 10. Beyond that age group, this is strictly a novice gamer’s game and anyone with moderate to a lot of gaming experience will find Squeeballs to be extremely easy.

As for that “+” after the 10 in the game’s rating. Some of the challenges are a little twisted such as the Stampede challenge I mentioned earlier and especially, the Cooking Challenge. In the Cooking Challenge, players are required to make meals for a large Squeeball character using smaller, living Squeeballs as ingredients. There’s no blood and it sounds grosser than it actually is but some kids might find it odd that they are making a sausage by grinding and cooking one of the cute and giggly Squeeballs. I did.

Evidently, however, the ESRB thinks that cannibalism is okay for kids over 10. Sometimes we don’t completely understand why they make the choices they do.

What To Be Aware Of

The challenges in Squeeballs are fun and simple to play, unfortunately, they aren’t very original and we have played them in other mini-game collections for the Wii.

The game is also a little too easy. Even beginning level gamers will sale through the first few rounds without too much of a challenge.

That said, kids who are new to these games and new to the Wii will be more likely to be engaged by this than a more experienced gamer.

Squeeballs Party is also available for the Nintendo DS.

Fun Scale

1 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

Squeeballs Party
Publisher: Aksys
Rated: Everyone 10+

System: Wii
Genre: Mini Games
Players: 1 - 2

SRP: $19.99
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: Late 2009
Date of Review: February 2010

*Rating determined by the ESRB

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