Boom Blox Bash Party
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Game Reviewed: Boom Blox Bash Party
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Los Angeles
ESRB Rating: E
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Take an excellent video game development team, a successful game that needs a sequel, and Steven Spielberg. Mix those up, and you end up with Boom Blox: Bash Party, the sequel to last year’s Boom Blox. The game features over 400 puzzles to be completed by using several “toys” that include baseballs, bowling balls, bombs, slingshots, and cannons. The puzzles are made up of several different kinds of blocks all of which do some amazing things and provide lots of fun for players of all ages.
Though a large chunk of the puzzles are solo challenges, one of the game’s best features is its multi-player mode. You can best another person in versus mode, or play alongside them in a cooperative mode. If you happen to blow through all of the game’s challenges, you can create your own with the game’s built-in level editor (which is apparently the same tool the game designers used to build the levels in the game). Another really cool feature of Boom Blox is the ability to download puzzles off the Internet created by other players. The levels are reviewed before being posted to make sure no one posts anything inappropriate or otherwise bad. This game has unlimited replay value between the level editor and the ability to download levels, although you may need to stop when your brain hurts.
What Parents Need to Know
The closest thing to violence in Boom Blox is being able to knock the little characters around the board with whatever toy you have at your disposal. You are encouraged to knock them around in a few levels, and some levels require protecting them. They may bounce around a bit, but they get up and keep on going without any injury.
There are no bad language issues with this game.
There is no sexual content in the game.
There is no spiritual content in the game.
The pirate level features some stylized pirate skulls and cross-bones logos.
Good, clean fun. These are not predominant features in video games nowadays, but Boom Blox: Bash Party can be summed up in those words. Here is a game that is kid-friendly, will make you think, and has plenty of replay value. I especially enjoyed the fact that this was a game my wife and I could both play and enjoy, as well as a game the teens I work with also have a blast with. This is a fantastic game that I will be keeping as a part of my game library.