I consider myself a Mario Party enthusiast. That being said, my mastery of the game is limited to Mario Party 2 and Pagoda Peak exclusively in Mario Party 7. I own others and I’ve played others in the franchise, but these are the ones I keep on coming back to: MP2’s Horror Land & MP7’s Pagoda Peak.
I scooped up MP10 and played through each of the game boards this weekend. That’s all I’ve done so far, though! I’ve not gotten in on the amiibo action… yet. Neither of the amiibo I have are compatible– sorry Kirby and Pikachu!
Here is my assessment so far:
Each game board has a start to finish. All the players move together. You collect mini-stars along the way. (Question: being that there are no discernible larger stars in the game, why do we call these mini-stars?) The most mini-stars wins.
What works for me: The mini-boss and boss battles are the most fun! I’ve enjoyed these games immensely, and that’s where my mini-stars really get paid out. I actually do appreciate that different games have different mini-star payouts, too. Unlocking Bowser with the roll of the dice block is a cute feature too.
What doesn’t work for me: Luck and chance have always been an element in Mario Party, but skill could always prevail. Even winning every single mini-game may not help you in MP10. The fact that there isn’t a mini-game after every turn is really what bugs me. Mini-games pop up randomly, so it can honestly be hard to rack up starts, especially if you’re not lucky enough to be the front player when you go through a mini-star-granting gate.
Now for the game boards:
- Mushroom Park | A classic, lush-green game board with features of an amusement park. Pretty straight-forward play.
- Haunted Trail | Hooray for spooky! The spooky ones are always my favorite. Boo is honestly a lot less menacing than he was in Horror Land. I love the aesthetic of this board, so I can see myself playing again and again.
- Whimsical Waters | An underwater game board with a few different areas and the Dragoneel who grants treasure chests to passers-by. Having played through them all, I think this is my favorite thus far.
- Airship Central | This game board honestly made my anxious. The ships switch in and out as you play through so the probability of landing on unlucky spaces is high.
- Chaos Castle | Talk about stressful! There were a ton of obstacles on this game board making play quite long. Each stage gets harder as you progress. Bowser basically destroyed me/my mini-star count.
I’m looking forward to playing some more of Mario Party 10. There’s very little progression in these games; you just kind of play to play which keeps it fun for me. I’m definitely hoping to try some amiibo features as well!
Have you played Mario Party 10 yet?
What do you think?