Review: Lights, Camera, Party! (PS3)

Title: Lights, Camera, Party!
Format: PlayStation Network Download (720.7 MB)
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Frima Studios
Developer: Frima Studios
Price: $29.99
ESRB Rating: E10+
Lights, Camera, Party! is exclusive to the PlayStation Network

** Note this game REQUIRES at least one Move controller to play. The DualShock is not supported. **

Gameplay:
Lights, Camera, Party! is essentially a collection of mini games set around a fictional game show involving lots of monkeys. Fun stuff, right? The game starts with a rocket launch gone awry. The rocket crashes into the house of the Funzini family so in order to avoid being sued, the game show is quickly cooked up where the winner will get the house of their dreams. You’ll have your choice of Mama, Papa, Bella, Billy or Granny Funzini for some local 2-4 player action.

Story mode takes you through a number of rounds to win the house piece by piece. The biggest problem here is the quick and sometimes vague instructions for the game you’re about to play. For a game designed specifically for the Move controller the controls are alarmingly inaccurate at times. That’s not to say it’s a game breaker, but it definitely takes the fun out of the proceedings every now and then. You’ll need to make noise, saw items in half, shoot things, break things, everything you’d expect from Move controller based mini games but there’s definitely fun in there as the style of the game set it apart from most others.

The Challenge mode is the single player mode of the game. You’ll get to pick any of the 50 mini games that have been unlocked in story mode and play for gold, silver, bronze medals based on your performance.

Party Mode is broken down into three competitions that can each be played as a stand alone experience. The first is Survival which is for 2 to 8 players. You’re all about to get sucked into black hole and you need to play the mini games to survive. If you lose a game, you’ll fall in. The game speeds up as it goes and the last one standing wins.

Next up is Hot Alien Egg, also for 2-8 players. In this, your characters are all gathered in a circle with an egg that jumps into the hands of a random character. If you have the egg, you need to beat a mini game to be able to pass it to another player. It could stay in your hands for several tries if you lose the mini games but how long until it hatches is also random. If it does hatch in your hands you’re out. You’ll keep going until the last one standing is declared the winner.

The final Party mode, Lottery is somewhat unique. This one is for 2 to 4 players and each player starts with a lottery ticket. You’ll each play 10 mini games and every win gets you an extra ticket. The winning combination is revealed at end 10 games and you’ll get points based on how many matches you have. The player with the most points is declared the winner.

Visuals:
The game has a very bright and colorful art style with goofy looking characters that you’ll probably either love or hate. I was on the fence about them for the most part but the animation really brings everything to life in a funny way.

A lot of physical comedy is involved and the design really helps in that respect. Your score and timer for the current game are prominently displayed in the upper left hand corner making it easy to track your progress.

It’s goofy looking for sure but the style fits well with the humor in the game.

Audio:
The music works well for the game show atmosphere and the voice acting of the host is suitably cheerful and smarmy. Sounds effects are all really good but nothing stands out all that much in the audio department.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is local multiplayer only.

Conclusion:
Even with the high price and spotty controls in some places, there’s some good fun to be had here as the (no longer available) discount for PlayStation Plus subscribers definitely made the game much more palatable. We were laughing and having fun at times but that was tempered by the vague instructions and poor controls on some of the mini games.

The Challenge Mode is certainly a great diversion, especially if you have no friends in the house and the party modes keep things moving along, but taken as a whole, there are much better collections of mini games available for the Move right now.

Score:
6.5

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 18 consoles and 4 handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

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  • Damon Bullis

    Great review Josh, I got this game with the plus discount so I wasn’t expecting anythign great but it sounds like there will be some fun to be found in it.