people who have ever played a mario party game will find that the basic controls for the game are not very hard to get used to. the four player boards are arranged by shapes, which is how people will be able to tell whether their card is played by which player. this way, players dont need to memorize different colored cards, although this design is strange to players who have played any mario party before. the four player boards include a triangular, octagonal, square, and hexagonal board, and most of them will fit in a ds cart if players have a big one. however, if players do not have a big one, they are more than capable of playing on any of the boards as well, but it would be very difficult for them to see the game on-screen at once. the board can be rotated by tapping the screen for the purpose of the game, and each board uses different types of boxes that can be collected to unlock new features, as well as the different characters on that board.
now that we have set up the basic components of the game, we can move onto the mechanics of the game. the game starts out by choosing a character. every player starts with three hearts, and every heart represents a different color of the players color of the color-coded toad. on the start, players are able to choose which character to play as, and they can decide to play as three different characters that the players can unlock, between mario , luigi , peach , daisy , toad , yoshi , baby mario , and baby luigi . the most important thing to decide in the beginning of the game is how many players are going to play. each player can play up to four players with mario party: star rush - party guest, and they can have up to four friends who they will play against. however, these friends will need a copy of mario party: star rush to play with, and they need to sign up on the games website in order to connect their systems via local play. once players have decided on the number of people they are going to play with, they have to pick a board. this is where players will need to make sure that their boards are not too crowded, since if it is, players will be unable to use most of the boxes. the only time when players will be able to use an extra box is when they are close to being able to beat a level. players can collect boxes that contain single colors in each shape of the board, and they can collect additional colored boxes on the boards which can be combined to unlock more levels, as well as different characters.