Mini-game compilations have a bad rap in most gaming circles but they can also offer a ton of fun for more lighthearted gaming sessions. So, let's see if Fun! Fun! Animal Park is as fun as its name would lead you to believe.
Fun! Fun! Animal Park is a collection of 30 mini-games that are best enjoyed with a friend. These games primarily involve interacting with different kinds of animals within wacky scenarios in order to see which player comes out on top. Some of my favourite mini-games include catching apples while balancing on balls as lemurs (which the game refers to as monkeys for some reason), trying to photograph cheetahs while a bunch of different animals run back and forth, running through a doggie obstacle course, and pushing penguins then sweeping the ice in a clever combination of shuffleboard, curling, and chicken. Some of the games are more basic such as sheering sheep, counting animals, and playing a take on Simon Says. There's certainly a lot of variety and the animal theme is both unique and enjoyable.
To my surprise, Fun! Fun! Animal Park actually has a couple of hosts that chat between games and in the menus. One of them is a lion who's very proud of his sense of style and the other is a bunny who constantly makes fun of the lion. I don't know if I have a piece of my brain missing but I found their dynamic to be absolutely hilarious. In fact, I left the menu on and listened to their banter for about half an hour straight. Believe it or not, they didn't repeat a single line that whole time. Some of the jokes make no sense at all which is either intentional or due to poor translation but even those cracked me up. I know I'm talking about this a lot but these hosts play a large part in the overall enjoyment of Fun! Fun! Animal Park so if you love cheesy humour then you'll have a blast with these silly animals.
Fun! Fun! Animal Park is made for 2 local players. Unfortunately, you can't play with any more than that although there are 9 mini-games that you can enjoy solo while trying to outdo your previous efforts that are tracked within local leaderboards. These single player games also feature 2 difficulty settings each which is a nice addition. Anyway, the main event is Tour Mode where you and a chum compete within a succession of games as the lion and bunny go on a safari. Whoever has the most points at the end wins and with matches that last anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes; you're looking at a great excuse to have bite-sized fun with a pal.
Unfortunately, Fun! Fun! Animal Park lacks when it comes to modes. Aside from the Tour Mode and Solo Mode, you can choose individual games in One Match Mode but why would you do that when you can go on a goofy safari and partake in a few different mini-games? My only other complaint is that some games are undeniably random. For example, the doggie catcher game has you throw a Frisbee then the dog catches it above a target and you get points according to wherever he catches it. How are you supposed to know how hard to throw it? I don't get it. There's also a meerkat ring toss game that plays like Whac-A-Mole but being able to aim your throws is tricky to say the least. Even the simple games where you wash dogs or make penguin snow cones don't feel random but these do.
If you like playing games with a local chum and have a soft spot for goofy humour then Fun! Fun! Animal Park will make a solid addition to your gaming library. It's too bad that more than 2 players can't enjoy it together.
- + Fun assortment of animal-themed games
- + Absolutely hilarious hosts and an overall fun-filled atmosphere
- + Great for playing with a friend
- - Only supports up to 2 players
- - Some mini-games are too random
- - Could use more modes