COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: D3 Publisher’s The Croods: Prehistoric Party! Wii U Review

Updated: 04/01/2013 10:09 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

For the past week my daughter and I have been playing a review copy of D3 Publisher’s “The Croods: Prehistoric Party!” on the Wii U.

We have spent many hours laughing and playing all of the fun and entertaining mini games that are featured in “The Croods.” We had a blast playing it.

“The Croods: Prehistoric Party” is based on the number one hit movie “The Croods” that was just released in theaters.

All of the Crood family members are featured in the game as playable characters. You can choose to play as Grug, Ugga, Eep, Thunk, Sandy, Gran and Guy.

“The Croods: Prehistoric Party” has thirty different mini games that you can play and they are all very fun and also very challenging. You can choose to play by yourself or have three other friends join in. If you do play single player, then three other computer controlled opponents are selected at random.

Some of the mini games that you can play are: Lava Bath, Prehistoric Pairs, Food Fling, Popcorn Punch, Fear the Fur, and Banana Bribery to just name a few.

In each mini game you are told what you need to do to win before the game starts. You get points for doing specific tasks and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

One thing that I should mention is that you can select the mini games one at a time or you can play a tournament with a bunch of the games chosen at random.

The graphics are amazing and look great on the Wii U. The characters look exactly like they do in the movie and are so detailed. The mini games look spectacular and all of the crazy creatures look fabulous.

The controls are really simple to learn and everyone that plays “The Croods: Prehistoric Party!” will be able to pick up the controller and start playing immediately. If you are playing with only one player then you use the gamepad. If there are multiple players, the other players use the Wiimotes.

Another really cool thing about “The Croods” is that there are five different board games that you can play. This is actually my favorite feature of the game. You roll dice and you move a certain amount of spaces. 

Every space on the board does something different and the goal is to be the player with the most shells when all of the players have reached the last spot on the board. If you land on certain spaces of the board you will have to play a mini game and the winner of the game will get a certain amount of shells.

There are also spots where creatures will knock you off the board and you will have to start a few spaces back. My daughter and I played these board games a lot and really enjoyed them.

You can also get bonus items likes eggs and prehistoric points. With these you can unlock more mini games and artwork.

I really enjoyed D3 Publisher’s “The Croods: Prehistoric Party!” for the Wii U. I think that it is an excellent family and party game. The characters look fabulous and theme of the game is fun. The mini games are really designed well and are really easy to learn how to play. The graphics are amazing and the board games are a blast. 

I would highly recommend this game to anyone that is looking for a fun game to bring out at a party or family gathering. I guarantee the laughter will last for hours.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.