|Developer: Magenta Software
Release Date: Out Now
Players: 1-4 pass-around
Jungle Party is just what it sounds like; a pass-around party game (let’s face it, it’d be really hard to designed a PSP game that allowed 4 players simultaneously) that consists of 15 simple but fun minigames. They’re all easy enough to play for younger gamers and will all test even the best on the hard setting. Here’s a list of them all with a brief description:
7. Lion Taming - Similar to the Bubble Bath game only more dangerous. You must hold ‘X’ down to make your monkey stick his head in a lion’s mouth. If he chomps down you have to press ‘X’ rapidly to make him let go. Just like with farting, banking your head-in-gob time regularly is the way to win.
8. Monkey Bomb - It’s basically ‘pass the parcel’ with a bomb. Hold onto the bomb to build up your time, but be sure to pass it on before it blows. As long as the bomb is in another monkey’s grasp when it blows any time you held it for is banked. Keep an eye on your nearest rival’s score and try and blow them up as this will lose them any unbanked score.
9. Monkey Catapult - Launch your monkey at a target and try to outscore the others. A ring rotates around the target and you stop it with a press of ‘X’, you can then stop it again as it zooms in and out of the target to set the direction. There are bonus balloons tied to the target that mean hitting an outer ring and popping the balloon might score more than hitting the bulls eye, but beware, only the first one to hit the balloon gets the score…
10. Odd One Out - As the curtains draw back to reveal four hippos, examine them carefully (and quickly) as they appear with new outfits, spot the odd one out and then press the corresponding action button. This game seems inordinately hard compared to the other games but then, I’m not used to looking at hippos in tutus and spotting which one has the different tiara.
12. Primate Penalties - It’s a soccer penalty shoot out, just pick a corner with one of the action buttons, and when keeping goal you do the same, it seems to be purely down to luck whether you score or not. This is a disappointing game and probably has less skill involved than any of the others.
13. Rocket Riders - Press the action button that matches the symbol at the top of your rocket pump. This builds up the pressure inside the rocket and the best pumper shoots the highest (that sounds a lot ruder reading through a second time.)
14. Totem Poles - Press the action button that matches the symbol on your totem pole to knock the stones out until the head of your pole is on the ground. If this sounds a bit like Rocket Riders in reverse then that’s because it is just like that, only with a totem pole and no rocket.
15. Whack A Squirrel - Can you guess what you have to do in this ambiguously named game? There are four holes in a tree stump and a cheeky squirrel will poke his head out of one holding a sign with a symbol on it and score 100 points. Tap the matching action button to score, but watch out for sneaky snakes—whack one of those and you’ll pay a 50 point penalty.
- Lovely and colourful, if simple graphics.
- Nice and easy for younger gamers.
- Sounds great with good jungley tunes and an enthusiastic commentary.
- Another fun pass-around game for the PSP.
- It’s got monkeys in it!
- Games are very shallow.
- Typically intrusive PSP loading times.
- Single player mode won’t keep your attention for long.