Reviews of WiiWare titles released in May 2008.
May 12th, 2008
Defend Your Castle, Xgen Studios, 500 points.
“A fun little game where you pick up stick figures and bash the crap out of them to prevent them from destroying your castle. It’s a little boring and repetitive, but I found the multiplayer to be rather enjoyable with a couple of friends. If you’re rationing points, it’s not what I would call a priority buy, but it’s certainly a good time waster if you’re not willing to play a free version on the Web.”
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, Square Enix, 1500 points.
1-Player, RPG Strategy.
“The current jewel of WiiWare titles. Not a Final Fantasy-esque game, more like SimCity with a Final Fantasy-type kingdom and theme. Excellent graphics, decent sound, but at a hefty price tag, plus there’s more content available for purchase, which potentially inflates the price tag; it can get expensive. If you’re into SimCity games, you’ll easily sink hours and hours into this title and love every minute of it. Expect much else and you’ll probably feel mislead and disappointed.”
LostWinds, Frontier, 1000 points.
“I didn’t want to like this game, honestly, but it charmed me. It’s a fairly straightforward platformer with good visuals and excellent play control that makes good use of the Wiimote. A good value, although the game lacks a really engaging story and direction, and the puzzles are a bit too simplistic.”
Pop, Nnooo, 700 points.
“Yeah, it’s cute and fun for about 10 minutes. After you’ve explored everything and done the multiplayer cooperatively and competitively, you’re left with a strong desire for more, asking yourself where the rest of the game is. This would be a great minigame in another more expansive game that can actually hold my interest for longer than an afternoon tea break. The irony of the developer being named “Nnooo” and my recommendation of not buying this title is not lost on me.”
TV Show King, GameLoft, 1000 points.
“If you have no friends or family to play this game with you, don’t bother. If you plan on playing this with a group of people, it can be enjoyable if you actually enjoy this kind of thing, especially since it uses your Miis. Honestly, I’d rather be blowing up stuff with my friends instead of answering trivia questions, but to each their own. You know whether or not this is your type of game. If it is, you’ll enjoy it, even though this isn’t a very graphical or aural savvy endeavor for a WiiWare title, thus making it merely a fair priced buy. ”
V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack, High Voltage Software, 700 points.
4-Players, Card Gambling.
“There is no reason to buy this. This is merely filler for the catalog. It’s not worth 700 points—it’s not even worth 200 points. It’s blackjack and that’s it, so unless you’re a blackjack freak…save your points.”
May 19th, 2008
Critter Round-Up, Konami, 1000 points.
“The animals are cute, but other than that, this Qix rip off will bore you to tears. Only a few gameplay options and crappy controls for all of them. Even if you enjoy puzzle games, I have a hard time seeing you getting a lot of joy out of this game without wanting your 1000 points back.”
Star Soldier R, Hudson, 800 points.
“A gimped title in the Star Soldier series. If you were looking forward to this title, prepare to be disappointed, since it’s not a full game. There are only two levels and at 800 points, that’s $4 a level and I’m almost comfortable paying that. Unfortunately, you only get what you pay for so once you have played out these two levels, you’re pretty much done, although they are a lot of fun, even if they’re timed. The weapons kind of suck, but the control, graphics, and sound are pretty good. Still…only two levels. Weak.”
May 26th, 2008
Dr. Mario Online RX, Nintendo, 1000 points.
“You’re basically paying for Dr. Mario (500 points on the VC) with updates and the ability to play it online. Dr. Mario has always been a classic puzzle game right behind Tetris, so the graphical update is very welcome, even though there is a lack of a single player leaderboard, which I would have very much liked. I’m more used to playing this game alone, so the 5,000 points I started with on leaderboard quickly went down the pooper. That aside, it’s worth the 1000 points, though you should skip it if you already bought this game on the VC.”
Family Table Tennis, Aksys Games, 500 points.
“It’s like Wii Sports tennis without all the fun, or exactly like the table tennis game on Wii Play, which is to say, very lame. Everything about this game is more interesting than playing this game, even the environments, which I would rather be exploring than playing this game. Maybe it’s just me, but the only way you’re going to get me into a fucking table tennis game is when it’s called Dead Or Alive Xtreme Strip Table Tennis. Even then, I wouldn’t guarantee a sale. As for Family Table Tennis, you couldn’t give me this title for free.”