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Family Games: Pen & Paper Edition - Preview

posted 9 Oct 2010, 18:30 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 9 Oct 2010, 23:06 ]
Eight timeless classics in one collection for your Wii. If this sounds up your alley, then you may want to add Family Games: Pen & Paper Edition to your list of WiiWare games to watch. Icon Games has included a varied selection of games, and almost all of them are universally appealing. There are some childhood favourites like Hangman and Tic-Tac-Toe, along with some more challenging games such as Mill and Matchsticks. 

The first time you select any of the modes, you'll be introduced to a user-friendly tutorial page on how to play. Then you can proceed to access a settings menu that allows you to tailor your experience depending on the game you've selected. And to decide on the turn order, you'll play a quick game of Rock, Paper, Scissors using the D-Pad on your Wii Remote.

Most of the games showed promise at the stage they're currently in. Hangman stood out because there was a good number of categories, and some of the puzzles I solved brought back some memories of things from my childhood. Matchsticks looked well done as well, with over 20 puzzles to solve in addition to an unlockable mode for added replayability. Overall, the classics are done well, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with multiplayer more. 

I did encounter a few technical issues when I first previewed the game. In one game in particular, I thought the AI definitely needed to pick up the pace. Other times it came down to simple fixes like text not displaying when it should. But these will be rectified by the time the game releases.

Assuming you have a family of four, all of you can create individual profiles to track progress. Each file comes equipped with a Work Report that tracks your battle record (i.e., wins and losses), and to what extent you've completed specific modes. The developers have also included their own little achievements system, which is also pretty cool. 

They've discerned that there are some areas that could be improved to make it a more enjoyable experience. For example, they're working towards including comparative stat-tracking across all profiles, new puzzles for Hangman, and an assortment of other revised/new features. The suggestion was made to possibly look into incorporating more games, such as S.O.S. But I've been told that it won't be possible at this stage in the game. However, so far it's coming together quite nicely and I suspect it'll get some nice reception when its released. You can expect a full review of this game to appear on sometime after the game releases.