When you think about party games, you usually associate these titles with the consoles Nintendo that have long been a good tradition with this genre (one above all: Mario Party), ma Frantics wants to prove that too PS4 e Sony, with the project PlayLink, they can tell them in this field.
A few months ago, free with PS Plus, I had tried "tell me who you are", First attempt of party game for the console Sony, but I was not particularly impressed, although the possibility of using mobile phones as a controller was very interesting.
In Frantics the same system of controls is repeated, with a series of 15 mini games to be enjoyed from 1 to 4 players.
To act as "host" of Frantics abbiamo Fox, a very anthropomorphic fox "classy"(And in my opinion without all the wheels in its place), which guides us through all the minigames.
In a title of this kind, the most important thing are obviously the minigames. As already mentioned, they are 15 and I must say that they are all quite varied and fun. The rule 1 number of each game is practically rubbing opponents, the ideal to awaken the healthy "sportiness" that dwells in each of us.
As a football lover, I loved it Heavy Metal, a kind of football to 4 doors, in which the aim is to put the only ball in the middle of the playing field in the opponent's gates, obviously avoiding to suffer goals (as you know, the attacks sell tickets, but it is the defense that wins the matches).
Many of the minigames have links to the world of sports, such as Chair Riots which can be compared to Curling o Tour de Frantics which obviously refers to the bike rides of the country of the snails eats. The advantage is that the games, referring to well-known sports disciplines, become quick and immediate understanding.
The game modes are 3: the first is a free mode in which we can simply choose which minigame to fight, the second is a custom mode where players choose a path from 4 mini games at the end of which a champion is decreed. the last mode is the party mode of Fox. The latter mode is the main (and best) mode of Frantics.
Fox choose for us which minigames to face and for each win we receive crowns that decree the final winner. During minigames in this mode, coins are accumulated that can be spent on upgrades or buying crowns at auction.
But as if this were not enough Fox is active part in these mini-games, in fact it can intervene during the games to make us proposals that we can not refuse such as winning another player to earn us a crown, often leading to shake unlikely alliances during the games (and punctually break them immediately after). In this way, the game is never obvious and there can always be a way to overturn the situation (there was not even Alessandro Borghese).
I must say that I was very dubious about using smartphones as a controller but instead I changed my mind: in almost all the minigames of Frantics I did not find big problems, except maybe in Big-Top Hoppity Top, where more than once I risked crashing my phone against a wall (I might have some problems with "anger management").
In conclusion I can say that Frantics it is a successful experiment, although obviously everything knows already seen (apart from the interventions of Fox). Certainly not a memorable title, but Frantics can remove chestnuts from the fire in some evening with friends a bit 'dead, especially if they are not hardcore gamer and always live with their cell phone in hand.
To date PlayLink consists, besides that of Frantics e tell me who you are of other 5 games you can find on the site dedicated by Sony (and the next one I want to try will surely be SingStar Celebration, to get me out of the condominium where I live, given my bad singing skills).
The last thing to note is that the game is all in English with subtitles in the language, but the application on the phone is translated into Italian.