A Great Classic Game
Mario Party is the first in a long and storied series of games. Based on the premise of playing a board game, Mario Party employs mini-games at the end of every turn (and sometimes during) to allocate coins to the players. Coins are the in-game currency, and can be used to buy items, buy stars (the goal of the game is to have the most stars by the end of the set of turns), and occasionally even steal things from opponents.
With over 60 mini-games in total, you don't have to be great at any particular game to have a chance to win. It's possible to win the game even against seasoned video game veterans. The game features six different playable characters, six or so different boards to play (which can take an hour or multiple depending on how the game is played), and many customizable options (including computer players).
Other game modes include an all-mini game 1 player experienced called Mini-Game Island, which is good for the solitary player wishing for a challenge. A bank and Shop are available for buying different items that modify your game using the coins you acquire in each game. An options menu allows you to hear the entire soundtrack (and voices), along with a few other game options. Finally, players can visit the Mini-Game House where you can buy mini-games for use in the house so you can play them individually. A separate mini-game stadium mode is good for players who want a very simple experience.
All in all, this game delivers. I played it almost a decade ago, and now recently repurchased it. It is worth every penny if you can find it, but I wouldn't suggest trying to find it at game shops. Many try to charge up to thirty dollars for it, when you can find it here on eBay for as low as ten dollars.Read full review