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Game Info:

Petoons Party 
Developed by: Petoons Studio
Published by: Petoons Studio
Released: April 30, 2019
Number of Players: Maximum of four simultaneous players
Available on: Windows, PS4
Genre: Party Game
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
Price: $19.99

Thank you, Petoons Studio, for sending us this game to review!

Petoons Party is a party game available on Windows and PlayStation 4. Developed and published by Petoons Studio, Petoons Party is jam-packed with nine different fun, competitive minigames that can be enjoyed with either computer- or human-controlled opponents. These minigames can each be replayed just for fun, as they can be found in the "minigames" section in the main menu. Alternatively, they represent some of the specific challenges necessary to prevent “the evil Kitra” from stealing the “key of wisdom” in the game’s story mode.

Directly before each minigame commences, a quick visual demonstration on how to play is shown with one of the character’s petoons -- the game’s unique avatars. This demonstration is shown every time the challenge is played, which is helpful to beginners, but can get a bit annoying after a while. If there is only one player, the other three slots will be filled with CPUs, which enables only one player to go through the games, instead of needing four players throughout the game.

Petoons Party
Highlights:

Strong Points: Fun gameplay; local multiplayer; good quality CPUs
Weak Points: Low-quality music loops; controller required to play; progress in cups is not saved until completion
Moral Warnings: Cartoon Violence  

The types of challenges may vary, as well as their objectives. For instance, in a minigame called “Reef Monsters,” the goal is to obtain more coins than the other players. In “River Madness,” each player is competing to have the most “okis” in their territory. The okis can’t leave the territory once they are placed in one, even if it is in the wrong territory. Since each player is assigned a certain color, they must only seek after okis that are the color they have been assigned. Players must endure some obstacles, however, that may make it more difficult to achieve the number they want. The player with the most okis of their color in their territory once the time is up wins.

Before each minigame starts, players must pick the petoon they would like to play as, and then the outfit they are wearing. More outfits (as well as minigames themselves) are unlocked as the Cups are played through.

Cups represent the game’s form of progression on the mission to stop the evil Kitra. There are four cups that must be taken on in order (The "Oki cup," "Moki cup," "Super cup," and "Mistery cup"), ranked according to difficulty. However, once a cup is started, it has to be completed, because the progress made in each cup is not saved. Each minigame in the cup has to be completed before any progress will be recorded.

The controls are decently simple, but they may vary for certain minigames. Before each challenge starts, a picture is shown that features a controller with arrows pointing at certain buttons and explaining their functions in the minigame. However, these controls remain consistent: Left stick to walk around the map, push left stick farther to run, A to pick up or place items, and B to perform a brief dash.

Petoons Party
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 84%
Gameplay - 17/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 96%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The graphics are extremely colorful, which makes the game a lot more appealing to look at, and the cute, goofy art style has the same effect. It is not the most descriptive, but it is detailed enough to depict what is going on. The characters are visually reminiscent of a zany Saturday morning cartoon, but with additional 3D flair.

There are many different styles of music in this game, each fitting the minigame they are revealed in. In fact, one of the minigames is centered around the players making the music themselves, as it is a rhythm game where the mistakes made affect the song. Albeit, the songs playing during each challenge may vary, they all share a couple things in common: a) They change very quickly, and b) they have a consistent happy tone to them. Somehow, even when fighting the boss, the music playing in the background fits the scenario with its uprightness. It’s a neat effect.

As far as moral warnings go, there isn’t much besides cartoon violence. The petoons may fall and hurt themselves in minigames like one called “Spinning Fruits” and “Reef Monsters,” where it is difficult to stay on the map. In a few others, exploding pineapples are involved, and they can harm players if they are not careful. But other than that, this is truly a game for all ages.

All in all, Petoons Party is a pretty fun game that I would recommend to any person looking for a suitable party game to play with their family and/or friends. There is little reason to worry about moral values when it comes to this title, because cartoon violence is as far as it goes. Thus, I can happily recommend Petoons Party to anyone interested in adding an enjoyable party game to their collection.