Excerpt: Since most of Muppets Party Cruise takes place in the form of mini-games, the graphics take on many different forms and usually aren't the main focus of things. For the most part, the characters and the environment are in 3D, though you usually won't be looking too hard at them. What you will see will usually be too fast paced to really be worthy of note.
Excerpt: Before you ask, the answer is simple. I love party games. There, I’ve said it – its out in the open. Mario Party is the undisputed heavyweight champion, although Sonic Shuffle was a fair old jaunt for what it was. Mention Crash Bash however, and the blood-letting will begin. I don’t know what it is, but the old video game/board game crossover really intrigues me, and when you bring minigames to the party, I’m anybody’s.
Summary: When I first unwrapped the Muppets Party Cruise, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. While I was excited to see the Muppets ensemble, I was a little worried that the game would be just another lame attempt at the party genre. I wondered if a great cast of characters, one most of us grew up with, would be enough to pump life into a tired and run down genre. Perhaps I was expecting too much.
Conclusion: MPC might be just the thing for a family holiday period or a rainy afternoon with friends, and has some excellent mini games to unlock, but it's a bit of a slow burner and I think most gamers will lose interest before even the shortest "Long Cruise" game is over.
Pros: Board game-style fun for 1-4 players., Fozzie's in it!, You get to shoot and throw stuff at Miss Piggy!, Some of the mini games are excellent., Sensibly priced - £16.99 from Amazon.
Cons: Some uneven difficulty., You can't kill Miss Piggy., Games do plod on a bit, with no mid-game save facility.