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Game Tap (Nov 06, 2007)
While EA is marketing this as an all-ages game, the single-player portion is best for children (albeit children with decent reading skills), as the challenges are simple enough that I don't see adults being entertained for long. But for parents, it's nice to have a gaming option that's not tied to licensing for yet another TV show. And the gameplay that is there fun and simple, so when the young gamer in the house does want to play multiplayer, it'll be entertaining for everyone.
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GamerDad (Jan 06, 2008)
Familiar games like dodgeball, paper airplanes, slot cars, and a new one called kick (it's like a vertical game of soccer shootout) are available from the beginning and all are solid and fun. My kids complained that they had to use the EA kid characters when they'd rather use their Mii's. but this isn't a Nintendo game, it's from EA, so that limit is understandable. If you're looking for solid minigames for kids and families, look no further than EA's solid new Playground.
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Worth Playing (Dec 14, 2007)
Surprisingly, EA Playground is a title that delivers far beyond expectations. I expected it to be little more than another Wii Sports rip-off that tried to cash in on the holiday rush. The mini-games are actually quite fun, and only Tetherball and Wall Ball stand out as weaknesses. If you're looking for a great family game or something to hold the kids over until the next Spongebob or Naruto game, then EA Playground is a great choice. And don't tell anyone, but the adults in the house might just have a good time, too.
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Wonderwallweb.com (Nov 01, 2007)
EA have handled this game really well, as I can imagine parents are always concerned by what their kids are playing, this is a great game to give to a new player without the fear of them being introduced to death or wrong doing.
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Armchair Empire, The (Nov 15, 2007)
Like youth, EA Playground’s single-player mode is fleeting, but still a fun romp through the schoolyard of mini-games. Much more enjoyable with friends or family, EA Playground gives gamers plenty of reasons to revisit the days of fourth-grade recess time once again.
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Daily Game (Nov 05, 2007)
EA Playground is probably the best multiplayer Wii experience since Wii Sports. Even with its eventual AI challenge, there's nothing complex about this game--and there shouldn't be.
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Game Vortex (Nov 16, 2007)
This was a good game for adults to get used to the controllers, as well as a good game to start off with younger kids on the Wii. I really just wanted more games. I also just wanted it to be a little less Ninja and more real. I don't mean photo realistic, I mean games that were actually played at recess, or on a playground. I am thinking four square. I could totally see, for lack of a better term, patty cake games like the girls used to play. It was a fun game. I was expecting something different with more content, but a fun, simple game nonetheless.
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The Wiire (Oct 31, 2007)
If you enjoyed Wii Sports and willing to fork over $39.99 USD for a better title to supplement the bundled Wii game, let no review grade stop you from having a great time. It's almost wrong to call this game EA Playground, as the game was as enjoyable to people in school as it was to people having been out of school for years.
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NZGamer (Nov 13, 2007)
Overall Playground is another fun mini-game collection for a younger audience. Definitely not mentally stimulating but the games will require a good level of reflexes and hand-eye co-ordination. I would say that kiddies will get plenty of enjoyable Wii-action here. Even the big kiddies should enjoy Dodgeball but just remember to attach those wrist-straps for when tempers start to flare.
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Play.tm (Dec 10, 2007)
The only slight check on proceedings is the full price tag on this release. Other games of this ilk seem to have (sensibly) taken it upon themselves to drop down to the GBP 20 mark. GBP 40 still seems a little steep for this game (and we really enjoyed it). Perhaps this is one to watch for in the Boxing Day sales. Either way, pre or post Christmas, we're sure you won't be disappointed.
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Console Monster (Nov 28, 2007)
Overall this is more of a stocking filler than an under the tree type of purchase. The question is, can Santa stretch to such a cost for a game that is likely to have been forgotten about by spring? We think you might be better off looking for a Boxing Day bargain rather than putting this on your Christmas Day A list.
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Cheat Code Central (Oct 30, 2007)
Although EA Playground is obviously meant for children, it falls short severely in depth. The comparisons to Wii Sports are inevitable, and since Wii Sports is free EA Playground is going to be hard pressed to compete with Nintendo's packaged in title. However, if you're able to look beyond the comparison to Wii Sports, EA Playground offers a lot to a younger gamer with some time to kill, especially if they've played Wii Sports to death already.
70
Thanks to a solid collection of generally high-quality events and a fun playground mechanic that adds a bit of depth to the whole affair, EA Playground winds up serving as a better than expected collection of themed mini-games. Completing everything will likely require six or eight hours of play, which feels plenty reasonable. Group play can also be quite enjoyable and should extend the amount of time you’re happy to spend with the game. If you can find it for a good price and you’re in the mood for something accessible to enjoy with youngsters, you could do much worse than EA Playground.
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With Christmas creeping ever closer the chances are that you'll be looking for a game that the whole family can enjoy. EA Playground certainly fits the bill if you have young children who will want games that are easy to learn and play. It's not a game that would keep older members of the family busy for too long but the mini-games are certainly quite enjoyable when played in short bursts and particularly when played against relatives and friends.
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Gamervision (Nov 30, 2007)
Playground doesn't give what it looked like it would but anyone looking for a new Wii party title should give it a try - who knows if it will bring back memories of crushes and noogies and turn out to be a worthy addition to the Wii library.
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EA Playground is an interesting and fun title that brings some new games to the Wii many players will find appealing. While there’s no one game that will bring you back for more over and over again, there are some things worth experiencing. The visuals are very smooth and colorful, and while walking around the gameworld can take a bit of getting used to, the mini-games and collecting of stickers and marbles can make for a fun couple of afternoons with the kids.
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videogamer.com (Dec 10, 2007)
EA Playground succeeds at giving kids a collection of easy to play games. The sticker book system is something most kids will be familiar with and at least half the games will offer some good competitive play with friends. This won't replace Wii Sports as the mini-game collection of choice, but it's another option should Wii Tennis and Bowling start to feel a little over played.
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NintendoWorldReport (Oct 28, 2007)
Taken for what it is, EA Playground succeeds without breaking the mold. Gamers who bought the Wii for simple family fun should be pleased with the variety of games and family-friendly presentation. While none of the games are quite as deep and compulsive as Wii Sports, they’re entertaining enough on their own to keep players waggling through the short single-player mode. If you’re looking for something with a little more depth and sophistication, EA Playground will undoubtedly be a disappointment. If, however, you have young kids or just want something fun and simple that will keep Wii Sports out of your Wii for a week or two, EA Playground is a good option.
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GameDaily (Nov 07, 2007)
EA Playground doesn't stand tall amongst the Wii's better party games, but its fun mini-games and multiplayer action still make it an ideal place to visit on a rainy day.
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Game Chronicles (Nov 22, 2007)
The game could stand to have a wider range of mini-games, and I would have liked to see a bit more connection between the motion sensing capabilities of the Wii and the onscreen action as I felt a tad detached from the proceedings – if these items are addressed for a future sequel, we might have the next WarioWare or Cooking Mama on our hands.
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Darkstation (Dec 01, 2007)
I was really struggling with finding the final score for this game. Although it wants to be like Wii Sports and be enjoyable by yourself or with others, it just doesn't get that far. However at the same token, EA Playground when played with others is a really strong experience and it's use of the motion technology comes together very nicely and makes for an enjoyable game to play through.
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Cubed3 (Dec 03, 2007)
Whilst EA has tried its best to grab the same audience that lapped up WarioWare, Playground fails to match Nintendo's genius and the sheer addictiveness found in that title's mini-games. However, this effort is definitely above par, so if you are looking for some Christmas fun and have already expended enough energy on previous games in this genre, then you could certainly do much worse than this solid product.
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Console Obsession (Dec 13, 2007)
EA Playground features little in the way of depth, but saying that, the game is obviously aimed at a younger and perhaps more casual audience. The more avid gamer may find that’s it’s not substantial enough for their more demanding needs, and more games would have certainly been nice too. So there you have it, EA Playground is pleasantly enjoyable, if not ocean deep.
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Still, I wouldn't be surprised if younger gamers will be exploring EA Playground until they've gotten every last digital sticker added to their collection.
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GameZone (Nov 06, 2007)
EA Playground is a good first attempt at trying to create a game that is as captivating as Wii Sports. Unfortunately there are problems with the control scheme (seriously, who let this game ship with only D-pad controls) and a lack of a real captivating mini game. For what is presented, this will entertain your family (kids) for several hours on end.
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Gamers' Temple, The (Nov 19, 2007)
Overall EA Playground can be fun for younger gamers, but it's not going to win them over like a new version of Pokemon would. It's basically a rainy day diversion when the weather keeps the kids off of the real playground.
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IGN (Oct 25, 2007)
EA Playground is a passable first effort to duplicate the formula of Wii Sports. I actually like the presentation and the design of the virtual playground. I think EA is onto something with its marbles and stickers system, which together can be used to buy new upgrades for your abilities in the mini-games. And I even think some of the seven minis are good, but not great. And that's the biggest problem. There's no mini in EA Playground that's as fun, addictive (or, for that matter, deep, strangely enough) as Wii Sports bowling or golf. I still think some younger players may enjoy the schoolyard and the minis in EA's project, but there are certainly better offerings out there, one of which is free with every Wii sold.
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411mania.com (Nov 13, 2007)
“EA Playground” is a game that will likely appeal to the younger crowd and there’s nothing wrong with that. Parents who are looking for something other than Wii Sports for their kids to play with will find that “EA Playground” hosts a short variety of fun games to play that also promotes multiplayer fun. For mature gamers however, “EA Playground” may likely be a game you pull out every once in a while with a host of friends, but the shallow gameplay may leave you wanting more.
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En este año llega un título similar que promete mucho más, este juego es Deca Sporta.
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Underneath the cute visuals EA Playground is ultimately a mini-game compilation with only seven games, and that is really the game's biggest downfall. Seven mini-games just doesn't feel like enough and while they are all solid mini-games, the game's longevity is in question. However, if you're just after a mini-game compilation and aren't too phased about the quantity of content then EA Playground is one of the best mini-game compilations on the Wii, and children in particular will get a lot of enjoyment out of this game.
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Lawrence (Oct 29, 2007)
This is what we all feared when we started hearing about the new wave of “casual games” on the Wii. In this case, “casual” translates to “insultingly simplistic”. All of the minigames feature terribly repetitive motions that require little to no skill whatsoever. I realize EA is going for the extremely casual (as well as young gamers) with this title, but I can’t imagine anyone wants to move their hand slightly every 3 seconds while watching a ball bounce against a wall for 10 minutes. I appreciate developers that build games from the ground-up specifically for the Wii, but this is not the way to do it. We want solid, responsive motion controls, not waggle for waggle’s sake.
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Kombo.com (Nov 01, 2007)
Truthfully, we were pleasantly surprised with EA Playground when we got our hands-on the final version. Nearly each game type is decently fun – although sometimes shallow and lacking in lasting appeal. However, the number of activities in the game is subpar, leaving little to do and see once you've experienced each only a couple of times. For this reason, it's hard to justify purchasing EA Playground. That noted, it might make a good rental for those who are looking for another Wii Sports-like Wii game.
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GameSpot (Nov 09, 2007)
From the competitive ball games and the more individual challenges of Paper Racers or Dart Shootout to the exploratory fun of discovering marbles and hunting bugs, EA has put together a collection of games that can reasonably appeal to a diverse age range. As you roam around from challenge to challenge, a swing of the Wii Remote will make your character high-five his or her opponent. This goes a long way toward creating a playful tone, and it's clear EA has really tried to establish the Playground as a place of fun and possibility. While it can't compete with a real playground, EA's version is a decent rainy day alternative.
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4Players.de (Nov 16, 2007)
Eigentlich ist Playground eine nette Minispielsammlung, die sich vornehmlich an jüngere Spieler richtet. Doch genau da liegt das Problem: Erwachsene Zocker mit Erfahrung werden über die meist simplen Disziplinen nur müde lächeln, während manche Kids die Wii-Remote oder den DS bei manchen Herausforderungen vor lauter Frust sicher gegen die Wand knallen wollen. Es scheint fast so, als hätten die Entwickler manchmal einfach das Balancing und die Realisierung einer ordentlichen Kollisionsabfrage verpennt. Auch dürfte es auf dem Spielplatz ruhig etwas abwechslungsreicher zugehen, denn die Minispiele wiederholen sich auch mit neuen Kulissen sehr schnell und legen ihren Fokus allesamt zu sehr auf flotte Geschicklichkeitseinlagen. Wettbewerbe, bei denen man auch ein bisschen sein Köpfchen anstrengen muss, hätten für Abwechslung gesorgt.
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Nintendo Front (Nov 12, 2007)
Wie bereits erwähnt, der Budget-Titel ist in erster Linie für kleinere Kinder entwickelt worden, und diese werden sich sicherlich nicht über schlechte Grafik und zu unpräzise Steuerung den Spaß am Spiel verderben lassen. Eher noch werden sie sich darüber freuen, nicht daneben zu schießen, oder mal nicht aus der Bahn geworfen zu werden. Einfach auch einmal zu gewinnen. Eines muss man dem Spiel lassen: Das Preis Leistungsverhältnis stimmt auf jeden Fall!
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Nintendo Life (Nov 26, 2007)
EA certainly has the makings of another money-spinning franchise here. EA Playground certainly offers something new and worthwhile, but in its current guise suffers from a few minor setbacks that stop it being truly essential. However, it’s ideal family entertainment and is well worth considering if you have younger gamers keen to find fulfilment on the Wii.
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G4 TV: X-Play (Dec 03, 2007)
By now your lofty expectations of what kind of fun you ought to be getting out of Nintendo’s quirky little console are firmly in check. Know then, that there is some fun to be had with EA Playground, but it doesn’t do much to rise above the glut of mediocrity that has made a cozy little home on the Wii.
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Gaming Age (Nov 05, 2007)
While EA Playground is a fun title that will appeal more to younger audiences, it's hard to really recommend this outside the party crowd. The lack of depth in the single player and the short variety of the multiplayer games will be hard to grasp to anyone who is not looking for that next party title for the Wii. With possibly more mini games, and especially more lengthy addicting games, EA Playground could see a second life. May I suggest kickball, softball, or flag football as options for your next title? You may get a warmer response with better competitive sports. After all, you are EA, the king of sports gaming, right?
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Game Shark (Nov 27, 2007)
While an older player will quickly get bored with this title, I think this is a great game for families with kids. It is very easy to pick up, and simple enough for the whole family to enjoy. Even if the games themselves aren't all that great, EA Playground really fits into the Wii's social console attitude.
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Video Game Talk (Nov 07, 2007)
Having said that, EA looks to have some ideas to build on if they decide to release another game of this ilk. The sticker collecting idea isn’t a bad one, and there are other games that EA might look into adding. How about kickball, for example? Volleyball? If they can add some content and challenge and work a bit on the controls, there’s a definite place for a playground game in the marketplace. It does relate to the younger set and can encourage family play.
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Gamekult (Nov 22, 2007)
Avec seulement sept mini-jeux, EA Playground ne s'adresse tout au plus qu'aux jeunes casual gamers qui trouveront là de quoi s'occuper quelques minutes en rentrant de l'école, et encore. Les mini-jeux exploitent bien la Wiimote, mais ils sont malheureusement trop peu nombreux, bien trop répétitifs et manquent cruellement de rythme. Un titre qui n'intéressera donc pas le joueur pendant des heures et des heures. Une sorte de "jeu-goûter", que l'on consommerait vraiment avec beaucoup de modération, pour éviter que l'intérêt qu'on y porte ne s'évanouisse trop rapidement, mais à ce prix-là, autant jouer avec une vraie balle et avec de vrais amis en chair et en os.
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Gamestyle (Nov 26, 2007)
EA Playground is limited in its ambitions and the scope that the developer has applied to the project. Throwing seven mini-games into the mix does not make for a full game, especially when they have been executed with a five year old in mind. There is however potential here but EA must pick the correct playground games and fully realise each of them. It may prove a modest distraction for thirty minutes or so, but soon enough you’ll be reaching for that copy of Wii Sports. The search continues.
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Eurogamer.fr (Dec 06, 2007)
Comme je viens de vous l’expliquer, ce n’est pas la qualité du contenu qui séduira. Pour tout dire, on se demande ce qui séduira. Les graphismes ne sont pas très éloignés de ceux des Mii. Même si le concept de ces petits personnages pousse à la caricature, ils ne sont pas tous charismatiques. Là, c’est un peu pareil. Pire ! On retrouve bien entendu tous les poncifs de l’école - la pire période de ma vie - et voilà que je retombe là-dessus 30 ans plus tard.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 17, 2007)
In short, EA Playground is fun for neither kids nor adults. The mini-games don't have the depth of those in Wii Sports or the quirky innovations of those in Wario Ware. The visuals don't have the appeal or charm of a Disney/Pixar game, or even that one about the puppets in the garden Tom likes so much. There are much better collections of mini-games for the Wii out there. This one should be avoided like a big fat dog egg.
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EA Playground passes on being one of the biggest rip offs on the Wii right now. Why would you spend the same amount of money on this when you can own Super Mario Galaxy? Third party developers need to stop trying to make clones of Wii Sports, that game was for free and these companies are charging how much for theirs? You will find yourself having fun for three hours max with this game and in that time you can pretty much beat the entire game, it isn’t hard at all. The multiplayer games on here don’t have the long lasting appeal as others. I really can’t say this game is worth to be in anybody collection, Electronic Arts only seemed to care about dodgeball on here and since that game sucks I will keep my money for something else.
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Game Watcher (Nov 22, 2007)
You’ll have cracked the game apart after a few hours play (that is if you can put up with it) and there is certainly nothing that makes me want to return and have another game of Dodge ball. Family-fun maybe, but this is no Mario Party and certainly not one to crack open at Christmas. Do yourselves a favour and buy something decent, this is certainly no school-yard romance.


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