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Video Game of the Week – Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun

New this week – and just in time for the Vancouver Winter Olympics – is D3Publisher's Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun.

Winter Fun is the latest offering in the Family Party franchise and follows the original 30 Great Games and 30 Great Games Outdoor Fun.

Winter Fun sticks faithfully to the tried and tested formula, allowing players to get up off the couch, jump around and use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to maneuver their way through a variety of fun games. The more success you have, the more medals you win and the more characters and games you can unlock.

Most games allow up to four people to play at one time, setting up a true friends and family experience. Players can choose from over a dozen cute characters, all dressed head-to-toe in customizable winter outfits.

The games are organized into 6 areas: the Slope Area, which includes skiing, ski-jumps, etc.; the Stadium Area (snowboarding, skating); the Mountain Area (cliff climbing, rappelling); the Field Area (snowmobiling, ice canoeing, snowball rolling); the Variety Area (snowball fights, snowplowing); and the Co-Op Area, where you compete against computer-controlled teams in ski-jumping, bobsledding, curling, etc.

There are five games in each area. In the first five areas, you need to complete the first four games to unlock the fifth. The points and medals you earn along the way can also be used to unlock extra characters, outfits and color combinations, as well as wallpaper designs.

As with any collection of mini-games, don't expect a high degree of sophistication. Most of the Winter Fun games are designed for an enjoyable 30-minute experience before you move on to the next one.

However, you shouldn't expect an easy walk to the podium either. Despite the simple concepts, some of the games are tricky to master and will require the successful gamer's two best friends – patience and practice.

At the end of the day, Winter Fun is exactly what the Wii was designed for – a variety of fun games that all the family can enjoy. At the very reasonable price of $19.95, you can't go wrong!       

Publisher: D3Publisher
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
Genre:     Action sports
RRP: $19.95
ESRB Rating: "E" for Everyone

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