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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2011
My 6 year old is a huge fan of previous FGN games, and the TV show...so, this should have been all awesome. But it is not.

First, the Kinect controls are the worst I have ever experienced. We spent about 10 minutes trying to get the game to recognize us. Finally, after that passed we got to the game experience and it was terrible. Most kinect games are a little laggy, but this was aweful. Wow.

Luckily, you can play with a standard control. So we did.

The good news is that the games when played with a standard controller are not bad. The bad news is that once you've played through the games there is no reason to ever play them again. They are simple, simple, simple and you will not want to play this after you've played it once.

I rented this from Gamefly, and thank goodness for that. I would highly recommend the first family game night, especially Sorry Sliders. But this one is a big mistep.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2011
I really wanted to add this game to my Christmas list it looked like a lot of fun and I have always been a huge fan of board games even at 23 but I am so glad that I rented this first.
I was really disappointed on so many levels.

Cons:
*Not XBL compatible I wanted to play online with friends/others online.
*The Achievements are very vague so many times I completed what they asked yet didn't receive my points only to find out you had to be in a certain mode of the game.
* Slow response time/game play. Almost seems rigged? Connect 4 basketball you would have to wait for the opponent to shoot before you could you couldn't just fire the shots off one after another. Bop it after playing multiple times I knew exactly where the computer was going to mess up.
* Had some trouble with it reading the Kinect sensor esp on bop it. However the main problem was that itd pause and then id have to try to get the sensor to recognize me or sign back in again to resume play. VERY ANNOYING. Its also VERY touchy making some games really hard to play like selecting the pins to put back in Yahtzee..the screen was over crowded it would put back the wrong pin (easy to undo) but then you had the point guide on the right side and the confirm button on the left and it (the xbox) just got confused as to what you were trying to do.
* Tutorials.. how am I suppose to know what to do??? Yes it shows you pictures but so many times I did what the pictures were showing with no response. Once you figure it out its not hard but still would have been helpful.
* I HATE the fact that it really doesn't matter how many games you win if you don't have the "cash card" in the end you loose overall even if your opponent only one one match ..its unfair

Pros:
* VERY VERY easy game to up your gamer score with I received over 300 gamerpoints the first day I played.
* Its is fun and family friendly Id play it alot on rainy days and snow days but it wouldnt be the game id pull out to play everyday
* Game play does become less boring with Kinect.

Overall Id highly recommend renting it before buying. I think little kids are going to have a problem figuring out the controls and how to do the different games at first. At 23 and an avid gamer it was frustrating even for me trying to figure out the control on Kinect and getting it to do what I actually was doing but it does have somewhat of a fun factor once you get use to it but again its not something Id play every day but would rather save for those rainy/snow days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
As soon as I saw Family Game Night was on the Kinect, I had to get it. I love games on the Kinect and thought this would be the perfect game for the Kinect. The Family Game Night 4 game is fun but can get very boring very quickly. The games include Sorry Sliders, Connect4 Basketball, BopIt, Bowling Yahtzee, and Scrabble Flash. The Sorry Sliders game is one of the most disappointing games since the announcer dude says the same thing everytime and thats get very old very quickly. The BopIt game would be awesome but when you play alone they put someone with you and if they make a mistake the game is over. They make a mistake very early in the game everytime. The Connect4 Basketball game is very fun, and had me saying some bad words since the computer kept beating me. I have finally caught on to the game and can beat the computer very easily now. I am hoping they update the game in the near future with some more levels and allow to you choose the strength of the computer, and some more options for the games. Scrabble flash really makes you think and is fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2012
My 7 year old daughter and I finally tried to play this Christmas gift to her today together and after 30 minutes of trying to get both people in the frame to play we gave up. What a waste of $40 on something called Family Game Night!. Works fine with a single player, just not 2 together. Very disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2011
I am done with the Family Game night series. My kids were excited to see this one because they love to watch Family Game Night on The Hub.
We have tried several times to get the "Better With Kinect" to work but cannot.

Avoid this game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2011
I had high expectations for this game and I bought it when it first came out, without finding any reviews on the web. Wish I would have waited. It was a waste of $40. The controls are horrible for the most part. In Sorry Sliders, you have to push a game piece onto a target, kind of like shuffle board. We either pushed too soft so the game piece never made it to the target or we pushed too hard and it overshot. It was hard trying to figure out the movements for each game as well, you don't get a tutorial, you are just dumped into the game. The Connect 4 was probably the best game as targeting the hole you wanted was not too bad. The scrabble game was hard because you had very little time to grab your letters and move them where they needed to go, it was very frustrating. The bop it game was hard to figure out the moves required. The bowling game was the worst. You don't throw the ball down the lane like in Kinect Sports, you push it down the lane, very lame and the movement for trying to decide if you want to keep a dice or reroll was VERY difficult to do and caused major frustration. It was horribly implemented. I'm going to take it to Gamestop this weekend and I hope I can get at least half my money back in credit. I do not recommend this game at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2012
A waste of money. My fiancé bought this because we just got a Kinect, and we loved the first family game night. This game is trash. Every game plays the same way, with a pushing motion. That's fine for a game like sorry sliders, but for bowling? Basketball? It's just the same mechanic with a different face. It was clearly a rushed and poorly made game, meant to sell to fans of previous fgn games that have a kinect, like us. Dont get suckered. This game could have been a real winner, but it's a loser through and through. If you have young kids and can get this game for, say, $10, I'd give it a maybe. Otherwise, there is much better for the Kinect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2014
Only two players - not quite family game night as we have to take turns in pairs when it would be so much fun to play the four of us together.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2011
I agree with the other reviewers. On a rainy Sunday my daughter and I bought this for what should have been an afternoon of fun. The Connect controls are horrible, frustrating, and had my 7 year old very frustrated in less than 5 minutes. I didn't have much more luck. Complete waste of $40. I'm surprised the EA programmers were so sloppy on this one.
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on December 29, 2011
I agree with the other posters that complained about the controls. When you first start it up, it keeps taking us back to the Xbox screen to sign in our profiles. Do not even bother trying to sign in 2 people, it cannot deal with it, and you end up in an endless loop of signing in. Second, you cannot play in teams - where one person plays a game and then someone else plays the next game. The games goes tilt and takes you back to the Xbox sign in screen.

Playing yahtsee bowling is so frustrating. When you are trying to choose dice to keep, it keeps popping up the points menu and it is hard to get rid of it. Drives us all nuts. Also, the music volume is louder than the speakers volume, so it is hard to hear the directions for the games. They have volume controls, but do not balance out the speaker versus the music.

Certain games are fun. The basketball and Sorry. Scrabble is OK. Overall the game is fun, but it is better to play individual games instead of the game show so you can skip the games that do not work.
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