Fun4All

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The Fun4All-brand by Activision is usually displayed on the upper-left corner of the Wii box

Fun4All is a brand made by Activision for their line of family-friendly video games for the Wii. The brand launched in Europe on February 13, 2009 and is currently exclusive to PAL territories.[1] Activision planned to launch a similar brand in North America called "Wee 1st", but decided later to name it "Designed Exclusively for Wii". There are currently 6 titles that are a part of the Fun4All-brand.

Games[edit]

Fun4All games consist of Monkey Mischief! Party Time, Little League World Series Baseball 2008, Pitfall: The Big Adventure, Block Party, Pirates: Hunt for Blackbeard's Booty and World Championship Sports (Big League Sports).[2] Games branded "Designed Exclusively for Wii" are Monkey Mischief, Block Party, and Pirates: Hunt for Blackbeard's Booty.[3]

Big League Sports[edit]

Big League Sports, known in PAL territories as World Championship Sports,[4] is a sports video game published by Activision. It was developed by Koolhaus Games, who also developed the iPad version of Madden NFL 11.[5] It was released on November 11, 2008 in North America and on February 13 in Europe.[6]

Big League Sports is about putting players right into the action in the most thrilling situations in their favorite sports. There are multiple disciplines to master within tennis, basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse and hockey. But unlike other games the focus is not on the team – it's on whether or not you can deliver in specific, adrenaline-pumping moments. Whether it's acing an opponent in tennis, hitting a basketball shot at the buzzer, or bending free kicks around a goalie in soccer, Big League Sports offers a fresh interpretation of what a sports game can be on Wii.[4] Big League Sports features a total of 22 events. The game supports up to 4-player local multiplayer.[6] A character creation feature allows players to craft a character to their liking with dozens of customization options. Players can view their statistics and overall progress, as well as the trophies they have won.

Block Party[edit]

Block Party is a party video game developed by Ivolgamus and published by Activision. It was released on November 11, 2008 in North America and on February 13, 2009 in Europe.[7] Block Party contains 20 different mini-games. Each mini-game controls different. You play using either the Wii Remote or Wii Remote with Nunchuk attachment. The controls for each mini-game are explained in the instructions given before each game. The goal of the game is to wreak havoc throughout the neighborhood and show your neighbors you have what it takes to be crowned the Best on the Block.[7] The game features a number of different sorts of neighborhood games, such as Super-Sack Race, Backyard Juggling, Trampoline Tricks and Lawn Bowlin'. Block party features three different modes: Story Mode for Single player, Quick Play mode for multiplayer and Tournament mode for "the ultimate multiplayer experience".[7]

Little League World Series Baseball 2008[edit]

Little League World Series Baseball 2008 is a video game released on August 5, 2008 for the Wii and the Nintendo DS by Activision. It is the first game in history to be officially licensed by Little League baseball.[8] Its design mirrors MLB Power Pros and its sequel MLB Power Pros 2008. The gameplay is also similar to the baseball game in Wii Sports.

The game begins when a player is taken to a main menu. They there can choose several different options, including World Series mode, exhibition mode and minigames. In World Series mode, a player chooses one of the 16 different regions, and tries to reach the Little League World Series by making it through pool play, then winning in the playoffs. In the Exhibition mode, a player can pit any two teams in the game against each other for a faster, less-complicated experience.

The game has an extensive array of minigames called "Skill Challenges", which range from the power-hitting home run tourney to the accuracy-important Tic-tac-toe.

Monkey Mischief! Party Time[edit]

Monkey Mischief! Party Time, known in PAL territories as Monkey Mischief!,[2] is a party video game developed by the Baltic-based video game developer, Ivolgamus, and published by Activision. It was released on November 11, 2008 in North America[9] and on February 13, 2009 in Europe.[10] Set at a local zoo that has been shut down for the night, Monkey Mischief revolves around a group of troublesome monkeys, who have escaped and are determined to cause havoc on the other animals in the zoo.[3]

In Monkey Mischief! Party Time, each minigame has specific controls. You play the game with either the Wii Remote or Wii Remote with Nunchuk attachment. The controls for each mini-game are explained in the instructions given before each game. The goal of the game is to cause as much mischief as possible by playing comical mini-games. The game contains 20 different mini-games. You can choose between four different monkeys who have their own individual humor and physical characteristics, such as haircut, color, height and more.[11]

The game feature both single-player and multiplayer modes of play. In single-player mode, the player chooses one of the four different monkeys to play as through 20 mini-games. Playing these mini-games unlock them for multiplayer use supporting up to three other players. In multiplayer, each player is one of the four different monkeys. You play through the same locations as in the Single Player Mode. There are four different locations within the zoo.

Pitfall: The Big Adventure[edit]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
GameGameRankingsMetacritic
Little League World Series Baseball 200871.37%[12]70/100[13]
Pitfall: The Big Adventure56.00%[14]
Pirates: Hunt for Blackbeard's Booty40.00%[15]
Big League Sports28.00%[16]
Block Party33.00%[17]
Monkey Mischief! Party Time40.00%[18]

Most of the Fun4All-titles received generally unfavorable reviews. Only two of the games received mixed to generally favorable reviews. According to GameRankings, the best game under the brand is Little League World Series Baseball 2008 with an average score of 71,37%.[19] Kotaku was very negative towards the brand after the initial announcement.[20] Other news outlets seemed generally negative towards the brand. GoNintendo.com said: "Sometimes...the jokes just make themselves."[21]

Monkey Mischief! Party Time received mostly unfavorable reviews. The game was criticized for its lack of creativity, polish and lack of fun. Most reviewers also noted that the game had unbearable long and irritating loading screens. Adam Ballard from IGN said in his review that the game was "just another member of the long line of mini-game garbage titles put out for the Wii" and that the load screens in Monkey Mischief! Party Time are more annoying than the dog in Duck Hunt.[9] Derek from Classic Game Room said that the game was "a low-budget, half-baked slice of unoriginal Wii development at its worst". He also claimed it to be identical to Block Party, a game developed and published by the same company.[22]

Big League Sports received generally unfavorable reviews after its launch. Many reviewers criticised the game for its lack of variety and overall lack of polish, good ideas and controls. IGN's Aaron Thornton said in his review that most games revolve around flailing your arms around constantly. He also noted that most of the games felt similar and criticized the lack of variety.[23] GameChronicles.com said in their review that Big League Sports is "a miserable game that should rather be released as a $10 WiiWare game" and that the game should be avoided at all costs.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Activision launches six FUN4ALL family Wii games". Pocket-lint. February 6, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b http://kotaku.com/5150533/activision-hastily-tosses-together-fun4all-wii-label
  3. ^ a b   (November 19, 2008). "Activision Publishing Announces Three New "Designed Exclusively for Wii" Titles Are Now Available – Wii News at IGN". Wii.ign.com. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Wii Games – World Championship Sports-Wii Games". Nintendo.com.au. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Madden NFL 2011 iPad | Koolhaus Games Inc". Koolhausgames.com. August 10, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "World Championship Sports for Nintendo Wii". Tothegame.com. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "Block Party for Nintendo Wii". Tothegame.com. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Activision to Release “Little League Baseball World Series 2008” Video Game for Wii and Nintendo DS Game Systems". Little League Online. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  9. ^ a b Adam Ballard (January 12, 2009). "Monkey Mischief Party Time Review – Wii Review at IGN". Wii.ign.com. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Monkey Mischief for Nintendo Wii". Tothegame.com. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Monkey Mischief!: Video Games". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Little League World Series Baseball 2008 for Wii". GameRankings. August 5, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Little League World Series Baseball 2008 for Wii Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. August 5, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Pitfall: The Big Adventure for Wii". GameRankings. September 23, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Pirates: Hunt for Blackbeard's Booty for Wii". GameRankings. October 28, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Big League Sports for Wii". GameRankings. November 11, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Block Party for Wii". GameRankings. November 11, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Monkey Mischief: Party Time for Wii". GameRankings. November 18, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Reviews and News Articles". GameRankings. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  20. ^ [1][dead link]
  21. ^ "Activision launches 6 'Fun4All' titles in Europe". GoNintendo. February 5, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  22. ^ "CGR Undertow – MONKEY MISCHIEF PARTY TIME for Nintendo Wii Video Game Review". YouTube. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  23. ^ Aaron Thornton (November 25, 2008). "Big League Sports Review – Wii Review at IGN". Wii.ign.com. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Review". Game Chronicles. Retrieved February 21, 2011.