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: Muppets Party Cruise (MPC), the name pretty much says it all. You have a party game featuring the Muppets that’s set on an ocean cruise. You also get pretty much what you expect: a board game used to tie together a collection of mini-games which range from the somewhat entertaining to the inane. While the game does attempt to add a few twists to the party game standard, in the end it suffers from many of the same problems that plague the genre.
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.
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.