Summary: A year removed from the PlayStation Move's launch, one should expect that tech demos and minigame compilations would be out of the door to make way for the kind of genuinely rich experiences that were promised. Carnival Island is a compilation of minigames that demonstrate the technology of the PlayStation Move. Oh well. Same time next year?
Excerpt: Carnival Island is a Playstation 3 (PS3) Move title from Sony Computer Entertainment. This home console game takes place on a magical carnival island. The anime that is used between scenes is fantastic. Four family members can enjoy the thirty-five games and attractions in Carnival Island. There are nine challenges per mini game. Complete two of them to unlock the next mini game.
Excerpt: When video game historians look back on the era of the Wii, the most hotly debated topic will be the Casual game. Wii Sports defined the genre, in that they usually are a loosely collected bunch of mini games, a template which has been copied to near death. Welcome then, to Carnival Island . What is the excuse – pardon me – reason to bring together a group of mini games? Well, a magical floating island of course, full of carnival games!
Move controller makes all the fun of a carnival feel real.
Common Sense Media
11 March 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Carnival Island is PS3 game that requires the use of the Move Controller. It is a collection of over 35 mini-games revolving around a carnival theme, including skee ball, hoop toss, and knocking down milk bottles. Each game also has variations on the theme to keep gameplay lively. (For instance, the ring toss game has a mode where rockets fire when you toss a ring around them.
Excerpt: It’s been over a year now since Sony launched its motion-based technology called the PlayStation Move and since then many game developers have thrown in their lots. We’ve seen sporting games, virtual pets and sharp-shooters but every once in a while a game comes out that epitomizes motion gaming and Carnival Island is one of those games.
Excerpt: Carnival Island is another one of Sony's holiday games that is a collection of mini-games (around 35) that work in conjunction with the PlayStation Move controller. Although mini-games range from bad to mediocre and good, most generally fall in the mediocre range.
Conclusion: Carnival Island does exactly what it claims to on the box: it offers a compelling (and challenging) set of carnival-themed mini-games, a light story and offers the perfect all-ages showcase for the Move. If you have a Move, you want this game.