Guilty Party

Eric Kravick

Disney Guilty Party (Nintendo Wii) [$39.99]

Mr. Green did it, in the dining room, with the rope. If you have mouthed or heard a similar accusation recently, chances are there’s a little inner sleuth in you, begging to come out. Disney Guilty Party hopes to scratch that itch of the inner detective in us all.

You, or a group of up to three friends, are tasked with cracking each case in a wide variety of locations while ultimately tracking down the arch villain, Mr. Valentine. But everyone knows crime never sleeps, so once you finish the Story Mode go back to previous levels in the Party Mode, where each time there is a different outcome. Searching for evidence and interrogating suspects is broken up by simple, outrageous mini games that help bridge the gap between young and old.

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