Family Guy is one of the funniest shows on television, and its sarcastic, sick, and well-timed humor has kept us laughing since its debut. Sadly, there’s not much to laugh about in the new game, which left us sorely disappointed. It seems to us that this is another attempt by people with access to a successful name to cash in on it. Don’t get us wrong– it does offer entertainment, and it has some of the great humor of Family Guy, but it hardly delivers enough content for the current price.
Family Guy: Uncensored is a series of minigames with Family Guy themes. They are all introduced in the story mode, which is the only mode available at first, but every minigame becomes available after you beat it in the story. Fortunately, the games are hardly difficult, so unlocking the minigames is an easy feat.
This is also unfortunate, however, because the simplicity is an indicator of the games’ limited scope and lack of depth. It’s not simple like Zen Bound is simple, it’s simple like a bar without any tonic is simple.
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The very first thing the game asks you is whether or not you want the game sounds turned on, a question posed in the Family Guy blue font. Excited, we answered in the affirmative, only to be presented with nothing more than ambient game sounds. There is a total lack of voice-acting in the game, despite the abundance of dialogue. This leaves a definite gap in the humor, despite the familiar scenes and themes.
The minigames are built around these themes, from Peter fighting with the fraudulent-coupon Chicken, to Stewie beating Brian for his money, and Chris drawing a game with the evil monkey as the final boss.
If you don’t know any of those characters or don’t like Family Guy, then there is no reason that you should buy this game. Fans of Family Guy should use caution, but some may find enough humor in the familiar characters and jokes to justify the price.
A few of the minigames do stand out from the pack, like the innovative style of Chris’s drawn game, and the Mega Man-esque Stewie vs. Bertram game. We wish that there were more features given to these games, because they currently have little more than potential. The only additional content given to each minigame is a few more levels of difficulty, which are unlockable when playing them individually.
A series of lackluster minigames connected by a rather uninspired story, with the only voice actor being you (if you choose to read those things aloud) is simply not worth the money. Oh, and if you do read the dialogue aloud, don’t hope for any royalties.