Excerpt: The original Start the Party! was one of the launch titles alongside the PlayStation Move motion controller, although it was sadly a little too limited for its own good. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun mini-game compilation for what it was, but there just wasn’t enough content for it to be plucked off the shelf regularly. This low key sequel does attempt to rectify this.
Excerpt: How big can a mini-game get before it’s no longer a mini-game? Are the rounds of Wii Sports too long to be considered mini-games? Or is it a narrative thing? Does having a plot connect the mini-games make them more traditional levels? The plot of Half-Minute Hero tied together its 30 second levels, but as each level featured similar gameplay it might not be considered a collection of mini-games.
Conclusion: As a budget-price sequel to a party-themed launch title, it comes as little surprise that Start the Party: Save the World takes very few risks; what is surprising is how it does little to rectify the issues that hampered the first instalment. Lacking in depth, breadth and content it fails to establish itself as a regular addition to your party-game collection, coming across as an introduction to a bigger idea, rather than a fully formed package able to stand on its own.
Conclusion: That's Start the Party in a nutshell - as a Playstation Move launch title, it does a great job of showing off what could potentially be done with the hardware in the future, but as an actual game, it stinks. That's not to say we wouldn't welcome a more meaty sequel - throw in tons of minigames, give us the option to turn off the games we don't like very much, and we'll take that willingly.
Excerpt: PlayStation Move is Sony's attempt to tap into the casual gamer market that is currently dominated by the Wii, so the launch line-up was bound to be led by mini-game collections. One of those is the bright and colourful Start the Party, which as you might assume is an assortment of simple games designed to be played by anyone who can hold a Move controller.
Summary: Parents need to know that Start the Party! is a collection of family-friendly party games you play using the PlayStation Move controller. Other than some mild animated violence -- swatting virtual flying bugs (with green "blood"), whacking a pinata, or zapping cartoon robots -- there is nothing to be concerned about in this game.