Global Star Software Carnival Games
- It's just not fun. You don't even get to eat the carnival food.
Carnival Games may look cute, but it doesn't translate into gameplay you'll come back to, and in the end, is just a novelty Wii game that wears out it's welcome way too fast to be worth any price.
Price$ 69.95 (AUD)
You can go to a real carnival or buy one for your Wii in the form of Carnival Games, but you'll be ripped off either way, so why not at least get the fresh, funnel cake-scented air?
But Where Are the Deep Fried Twinkies?
Carnival Games groups 25 mini-games in sets of Alleys, but for our purposes it's probably easier to discuss them according to their accompanying Wii Remote movement. An underhand swing is used for Alley Ball (reminiscent of, but legally distinct from Skee Ball), tossing softballs into Buckets of Fun (or anti-fun...), and Lucky Cups (aptly named--the game is 100 per cent luck).
Overhand throws are used for shooting Hoops, chucking balls at the Dunk Tank target, or bringing down the hammer in Test Your Strength. Other times you'll be using dart-throwing motions to pop balloons, straight up aiming techniques for shooting ducks, or the more obscure joystick-style and ball-rolling moves. You can't say they didn't mix it up, it's just that it's honestly not that much fun.
Before you start you'll need to create a character. No Miis here, but there are a fair amount of expressions and outfits to choose from. Once you start winning tickets you can trade them in for extra costume options, but wearing flippers, an army helmet and a clown nose doesn't make the game itself any better. Incidentally, the tickets can also be used to play "Alley Games", which are mostly in the vein of waste-of-time fortune tellers, but also include Going Nuts, in which you catch falling orbs containing tickets by moving around a little squirrel at the bottom of a tree, though your ticket count is unlikely to ever break even.
Playing by yourself in Prize Mode is mostly pointless; you win a number of depending on what size prize you win: small, medium or large. Interestingly, if you are really bad at this game you can still win jumbo prizes because of the way you can trade small prizes in for mediums, mediums in for larges, and so on. The question is, should you bother to develop a good strategy to go for the large prizes, or just decide there are other games more worthy of your time? Similar to costume upgrades, no amount of giant stuffed animals, musical instruments, or miniature vehicles--even if they rotate at the press of the A button--will make throwing coins at a plate or spraying water at a virtual clown's face any more exciting.
At this point you can move onto multiplayer (with a slightly limited but nonetheless convenient hot seat option), or you can mercifully spare your friends.
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
cloudandco Smart Cane
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Toys for Boys
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Bose SoundLink Micro
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Xbox One X
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Australian Destroyer joins in World of Warships
- Acer attempts to woo Australian gamers with reveal of its new Predator range
- Nintendo Switch software update: What does 4.0.0 feature and how to install it?
- Robot House announce vacuum-bot adventure game ahead of PAX Australia
- Wargaming launches ANZ servers for World of Tanks
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTBig Data ArchitectOther
- CCRecords AnalystNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- CCVirtualisation Network EngineerVIC
- CCBusiness AnalystVIC
- FTBroker Support/ Applications SupportOther
- FTInfrastructure Solutions Architect - Converged InfrastructureOther
- CCFront-End DeveloperNSW
- FTStorage EngineerACT
- CCLinux Platform/Development SpecialistACT
- FTICT Business AnalystACT
- CCJava LeadNSW
- FT.Net Technical / Team LeadOther
- FTSenior Test Analyst - Market RiskOther
- FTC++ Analyst ProgrammerOther
- FTData EngineerOther
- FTJunior C++ Developer x 3Other
- FTTelecommunications RiggerOther
- FTDevOps EngineerOther
- TPSenior Project Manager | Service Management I ITILQLD
- FTNetwork ArchitectOther
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperACT
- FTSenior .NET Engineer - Back-EndNSW