Carnival Games


Computer Platform: Nintendo
Produced by:
Price Range: $21-30
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: All Ages
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Reviewed By: Jeff

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre: ,
Rating: 4 of 5 (good)
Gameplay: 4 of 5 (good)
Violence: 5 of 5 (none)
Adult Content: 5 of 5 (none)

Carnival Games.  Illustration copyrighted.

Carnival Games is a simple game. It has no central story line, no big boss to confront, no epic quest to spend 40+ hours of your week glued to the TV set. You wouldn’t think it’d be a game worth the time and money. But it’s for all these reasons that it is worth the time an money.


Carnival Games is one of the games for the revolutionary Nintendo system. Despite its clownish nature, it’s quite appealing to all ages. The game begins with you creating a custom-character similar to the Nintendo Mii’s. You then take this character through five areas of the carnival to play classic, old-fashioned games like Buckets of Fun, Shooting Gallery, Ring Toss, Dunk Tank, and Balloon Darts. Playing these games earns you tickets which can be traded in for more accessories for your character and prizes for show. The high replay value of this game comes from the controls the makes use of. You actually have to hold your Remote like a dart and throw it in Balloon Darts. The rest of the controls are just as engaging, but it would take too long to explain.

Now, it’s on to the offensive content. Parents will like this one.

Sexual Content: I’m pleased to say, not a thing in this category. There is in no way, shape, or form anything of the sort.


Language: Again, nothing offensive here. The only thing even remotely offensive is one of the game operators taunts you, but there’s no name-calling of any kind, although I did find him obnoxious.

Occult Overtones: One of the games is a fortune-teller’s booth, but there didn’t seem to be any spiritual overtones or demonic references to it. Still, that might be cause for concern for some.

Carnival Games is a wonderful, engaging game that both parents and kids can enjoy together. For those who remember old carnival games, this would be my first exposure to them, this game will be just as fun, except there aren’t any candy apples or cotton candy to be found here. For those who don’t, you don’t need to go a real carnival to enjoy these games.

The controls are the real stars of this game. Take it from me, you’ll be putting this game into the just to play the same games over and over again even after 10 times; it’s that fun. Plus, aside from the above-mentioned fortune teller’s booth, this game is void of any objectionable material. I heartily recommend this title.


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Year of Release — 2007

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