Party Cruise (PlayStation2 and Game Cube)
Haumesser (December 28, 2003) - When I first
heard that Muppets Party Cruise was going to be a four-player title, I
could not wait to get it. There is no doubt that six months later, the
wait was well worth it. I love Muppet video games and this one is a blast
to play especially with a bunch of friends.
Playstation2/GameCube title has 30 different mini-games and allows you
to be one of six Muppet characters including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie
Bear, Gonzo, Animal, and Pepe. Throughout the game there are many other
Muppet characters that walk around and either help or hurt your chances
at winning including Rowlf the Dog, Rizzo, Statler and Waldorf, Dr. Bunsen
Honeydew, Beaker, The Swedish Chef and Sam the Eagle.
two ways to play: long cruises and short cruises. A long cruise will take
you to one of five levels on the boat. A short cruise will take you directly
to the mini-games (shown on a neat, rotating display, similar to a postcard
rack you see in tourist traps). You can choose from any of the unlocked
displayed mini-games. This is a great way to practice your skills so that
you are ready to compete on a long cruise.
Each of the
five cruise levels is designed like a board game in which you have to roll
numbers (determined by a pinball machine) and then move the appropriate
number of spaces. There are cabin doors around the board game floor which
lead to the aforementioned mini-games and bonus games. Along the board,
pick up cruise credits and other objects. You begin on the bottom level,
the Engine Rooms and work your way up to the top of the boat, the Royal
all your drummer tendencies in "Rhythm Mayhem".
All of the
Muppets are voiced by the Henson performers. Even if the Muppet is not
presented in 3D form, each mini-game is presented by a particular character
including Sweetums, Clifford, Bean Bunny, Crazy Harry, Scooter, Link Hogthrob,
Dr. Strangepork, Dr Teeth, Janice, Zoot, Floyd, The Newsman, Lew Zealand,
Bobo, Andy and Randy Pig, Johnny, Sal and even Camilla. Check out the
performer list to see who voices your favorite characters.
every well known Muppet is included, except oddly enough, Robin and Dr.
Phil. One big surprise is a little cameo of Digit, a rarely seen Muppet
character from 1989’s Jim Henson Hour. Some of the voices have changed
over time because a performer hasn’t voiced a character in years.
Nonetheless, it’s great to hear them again.
through the air with the greatest of ease in "Cannon Fodder".
Monster Adventure, there is a new song represented in the game too.
Kermit sings "The Muppet Party Cruise" during the credits of
the game. The song is really catchy. (You can hear both “The Muppets
Party Cruise” and “I Will Survive” from Muppet Monster
Adventure on Muppet Central Radio.)
The cover of
the game includes pictures of the Muppets we have seen many times before.
Pepe has been added with Gonzo in his window port hole. Miss Piggy is a
little out of place since she is wearing winter attire (the same photo was
on the back cover of the Very Merry Muppet Christmas
DVD). Still, I would rather see photos of the actual characters than
an illustration any day.
isn't that expensive either. It is a bargain at $20. When you play with
more than two-players make sure you have a four player hook up and enough
controls to be able to play with more people.
At the end
of the game, the credits include a nice special thanks to all the Muppet
fans around the world. While some fans might still prefer Muppet
RaceMania, Muppets Party Cruise is an addictive title that you will
want to play again and again. While you may master some mini-games, there
will be some that you can continually improve upon. Hopefully more great
Muppet PlayStation2/Gamecube titles are in store for us in 2004.
first, things may seem a little chaotic and confusing, but almost every
game is this way to some extent when first played. Here are some tips
that may help.
FAVORS - You need to win party favors which in turn will give
you points to open up new mini-games. You can not play all the 30 mini-games
at first. They must be unlocked one-by-one. Some of the mini-games include
scuba diving, shuffle board, paintball, tug of war, asteroid shooting,
bumper pool, food throwing and boat driving. The variety keeps gameplay
continually fresh and new. You need 3 favors to win level 1, 4 to win
level 2, 5 to win level 3, 6 to win level 4 and 7 to win level 5.
against other Muppets in "Looney Unicycles".
AND TURNS - There any many other twists and turns as the game
goes on, if Sam the Eagle catches you on the game board you loose a
turn after hearing one of his long boring lectures. The game takes another
twist when players can steal other players party favors with the help
of the ATM (Automated Trouble Machine) in the higher levels of the game.
If you happen to run into Rowlf, he will give you all the money he’s
collected as he walks around the game board. On level 5, you can even
trade party favors or cruise credits with other players.
TO WIN - The object of wining the game is acquiring a certain
amount of the same type of party favors (red, green or blue). Then, you
are awarded more for the longest move, most doors open, most cruise credits,
even one for the least games won. All of the party favors won by human
players can be used to open more mini-games.
your skills at bumper pool while Rowlf plays the piano in "Ticklin'
TO WATCH VIDEOS - One nice fan surprise is that all of the
Muppetism commercials are included and you get to open up a new one
every time you unlock a mini game or move up a floor. Originally recorded
for the Odyssey Channel in 1999, these 30-60 second spots feature maniac
Muppet moments. Some of these spots are unique to this game in that
they haven't been released previously on DVD.
MODE - If you’re letting the computer be one of the other
players (in other words you’re not playing with 3 other people),
you might want to turn “Maniac Mode” on. This is done under
game settings and allows the computerized players to move in fast-motion
to help speed up the game.
"Bunson's Burners" to shoot flames as you try to hit as
many molecules as possible.
LAYOUT - Knowing the layout of each board game floor can be
especially helpful. For example, on some levels the blue doors are on
the outer edge of the screen and not down the middle aisles.
- Knowing where other players are in relation to you is more
easily attained by using the zoom button (the circle on the PlayStation2
along with the L1 and R1 buttons). If you hit the circle repeatedly,
the camera will pan farther and farther out giving you a much larger
view of the playing field. Getting a bird’s eye view of the location
of certain color door will help you plan your next move.
- You can also attempt to increase your moves by “bumping”
the pinball machine with the L1 and R1 buttons. Be careful though, if
you bump the machine more than twice you tilt and you only get to move
to the boardwalk! Play shuffle chalk against your favorite Muppet
- A secret to wining is getting the “formula” from
Bunsen and Beaker. Before each mini-game you are given an opportunity
to bid for more points. Points are expensive though. It costs five cruise
credits to buy one point. With the formula, points are half price. This
comes in extremely handy if you’re not particularly good at a
certain mini-game. Bidding well can be the difference of getting a prized
party favor and losing entirely. Stay away from other players though,
as anyone can take the formula away from you.
ALONE - If you are playing this game alone, it can be to your
advantage to select two human players and just switch the controllers
between turns. Since only human players can unlock games this is to
your advantage. You will earn party favors faster and you will be able
to open more games. For example if you play yourself and then control
another character, you could have one Muppet just collecting cruise
credits and another to bid on party favors. Let one of them loose at
all the games because you will earn a favor for that at the end too.
BARRETTA: Pepe the King Prawn, Swedish Chef, Bobo the Bear,
Johnny Fiama, Rowlf the Dog
CLASH: Clifford, Sam the Eagle
GOELZ: The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Waldorf, Randy
Pig, Digit, Zoot
HENSON: Sal Minella, Janice, Scooter, The Newsman
JACOBSON: Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear
KENNEDY: Dr. Teeth, Animal
NELSON: Statler, Camilla the Chicken, Crazy Harry, Dr. Julius
T. Strangepork, Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand
WHITMIRE: Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Andy Pig,
Bean Bunny, Link Hogthrob
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