Combine one of the most popular bands of all time with one of the most popular party game franchises of all time and you get one hell of a game. For me, no other game is so much fun to play with friends, offering great songs, unusually solid visuals and a chance to sing three-part harmony very badly. If your friends don’t like The Beatles, get better friends.
2. Just Dance 2
The single biggest selling Wii game not published by Nintendo, JD2 is more activity than game, since winning or losing is rather arbitrary. The game is essentially an excuse to act silly and dance badly, and it turns out that this is exactly what people want in life. Of all the Just Dance games, JD2 is easily the best in terms of songs and choreography, and the only one I really want to have at a party.
MP9 is all about the fast turnover, the moment where those ahead and those behind switch places, often not because of a lack of skill but because of the vagaries of fortune. This focus on luck keeps the game light and funny, and allows even the weakest player a chance of winning. Yet many of the mini-games involve skill, creating at least an illusion that playing well will be enough. The result is an almost perfect example of the virtual board game.
Before Just Dance and Guitar Hero there was DDR, which offered a visceral party experience in which players could prove their worth by stomping on a dance mat. While Just Dance is the game series for people who don’t play games, DDR is for those who like their silliness mixed with genuine challenge. There are three games in the Hottest Party series so far; they’re all pretty much the same, but they’re all fun.
5. Let's Tap
This game is entertaining in great part simply for its central gimmick; you put the remote on a flat surface and then tap that surface with your fingers. It makes for an amusingly different gameplay experience, although ultimately it’s still just a fairly straightforward mini-game collection.
This above-average mini-game collection is cannily tied together with a party game frame, and it can be played as a full party game, by a group of people who enjoy cooperative and competitive mini-games, or alone. This is the best bet for those looking for a sports-themed party game.
While many virtual board game-style party games rely on mini-games, Fortune Street is very much an old-school board game that takes advantage of the more elaborate rules that can be implemented via software. Ultimately, this is a dressed-up version of the board game Monopoly, and since that was my favorite game as a kid, I’m going to assume this version is the favorite of some child of the modern age.