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Good, but seriously lacking.
on 20 September 2015
I'm a keen gamer, and have been playing the Mario Party Saga (and other games from the franchise) as long as I can remember. And maybe this is the principle reason why I can't rate this game any higher than a three. Reasons are as follows:
1. The graphics on this game are really good, it looks great with the 3D mode on, without losing anything with this setting off.
2. There are a number of maps which take less time than traditional Mario Party games, making it ideal for portable play.
3. The mini-games are very good - they make great use of the DS/3DS controls, requiring tilting, looking through the camera, using the stylus and games requiring the microphone. A good selection.
4. There are some really good ideas for maps, such as not rolling a dice, but using cards with set numbers on each turn, and being the last one to reach a goal rather than the first.
1. There is no coin-collecting in ANY map level. The principle is always to get to the end first (in a race style) so collecting coins becomes redundant.
2. There are no stars to buy to win the game.
3. Because each map is a race, all the items collected are to do with swapping positions and advancing roles.
4. Each map seems to have some kind of blocking section, which halts the race and only allows players to continue if they roll the right number or select the right choice (completely random).
5. Too many other aspects of the game are completely random/reliant on luck. Adding in coins and collecting stars made the mini-games purposeful, but without them players go too quickly from first to last. Also, there are a fair few mini-games entirely luck-based.
6. If an order of achievement is required and two, three or four players got the same score, the system just rolls several dice to determine the order, making the game itself completely redundant.
In conclusion, the game itself is a good filler of time, there's a fair bit to do with many of our favourite Mario Party characters. Unfortunately, the game seems somewhat limited and under-developed with each game being a race. Also, talking as a casual gamer but a keen fan of Nintendo games, this was much too reliant on luck.
Maybe it's better aimed at those under 16, rather than into their twenties.