Graphics - 86%
Audio - 87%
Gameplay - 88%
Replayability - 90%
Take Mario Party on the move with your 3DS! Island Tour was the first Mario Party game to hit the 3DS system but now we can have some more fun on the move with Mario Party: Star Rush. Star Rush is the fourteenth game in the Mario Party series.
Mario Party games are always fun and as the name implies, it is a party game, designed to be enjoyed with a group of friends. Star Rush is the second Mario Party game to include support for Amiibo figurines. There are 10 game modes to enjoy in the game with Toad Scramble being the main one. After playing some rounds in Toad Scramble you will begin to unlock the different modes.
Up to 4 players can play Toad Scramble and each player will start as a different colour Toad character, instead of moving along set path on a board, the player can choose what path to follow, depending on the total of die thrown. Along the way to your goal you can gain other character allies like Mario, Yoshi, Wario and more. Your allies will assist you in mini games and their die throws will count for your total amount. As with Mario Party 10, the aim is to collect the most amount of stars at the end of the game, along your journey you will play mini-games, do ally duels and boss battles, all making for a fun experience.
The only drawback I have with the game is that there is no hot-seat local multiplayer mode, in order to play with friends, they need to own their own 3DS console. Having a mode like this would add a ton of more value to the game. You can however play online and play the new Party Guest mode feature. With Party Guest, your friend does not need to own Mario Party: Star Rush, they will only need to download the Party Guest app from the eShop. The guest players will have access to what the main players has unlocked and any progress they make can be saved and if they decide to buy the game, then they will have this progress unlocked on the full game.
It is great to see them taking a new direction in the Mario Party series, the free movement adds a new dynamic that changes gameplay and strategy. Amiibo characters can unlock some cool power ups and give you an extra advantage. With every game mode, amiibo characters will grant you different effects.
There are 15 different boards to unlock in Toad Scramble which is the most in the series but on the flip side, Star Rush has the least amount of minigames in the series, featuring only 53 where Island Tour had 81 and Mario Party 10, 75.
Mario Party: Star Rush is a fun game and a good addition to the Mario Party series but the game is not made for single player and if you do not have friends who own a 3DS console it can be an issue. In my opinion a Hot-seat option would’ve made a big difference but maybe this is something they can work in for next time.
Reviewed on: 3DS
Available on: 3DS
Genre: Party Game, Boardgame
Age Rating: 3+
Publisher/Developer: Nintendo / Nd Cube
Estimated RRP: R619
Release Date: 8 October 2016
- Great new direction
- Allies are Awesome
- more mini games
- Would’ve liked a hot-seat mode