Reviews of WiiWare titles released in June 2008.
June 2nd, 2008
Toki Tori, Two Tribes, 1000 points.
“Toki Tori is a great puzzle game, and it’s a HUGE upgrade from the original on the Game Boy Color. Lots of puzzles, good use of the Wiimote, great audio, and very worth the price if you like puzzle games.”
Protöthea, Ubisoft, 1000 points.
“A very interesting control scheme, but the game falls short in every facet of shooter games. The graphics are weak, the sound is just as repetitive and annoying as the limited number of enemy variations, and the boss battles are almost boring. SAVE YOUR POINTS, especially if you are a shooter fan.”
June 9th, 2008
My Pokémon Ranch, Nintendo, 1000 points.
1-Player, Umm…Ranching Sim?
“Even if you own Diamond/Pearl, this game has literally no redeeming qualities. It’s not even a game, more like a poorly animated movie where you watch the Pokémon you have uploaded, if you even make it that far without gouging out your brain.”
June 16th, 2008
Cocoto Fishing Master, Neko Entertainment, 700 points.
1-Player, Fishing Sim.
“It’s a fishing game with few instructions, a weak and arbitrary story, and poor graphics and poor sound. Even if you find fishing games fun for some reason, to the best of my knowledge, this even falls flat in that category.”
Block Breaker Deluxe, Gameloft, 800 points.
2-Player, Arcade Game.
“Block Breaker Deluxe = Arkanoid. You probably already know if you like Arkanoid or Alleyway or Drew Barrymore Breakout, or whatever you first played that got you accustomed to this type of game. This title brings out the added sense of earning cash to buy upgrades, but the visuals are hard on the eyes, and the game relies on steady Wiimote pointing, so definitely don’t pick this up without a steady hand.
June 23rd, 2008
Gyrostarr, High Voltage Software, 700 points.
“After last month’s disappointing Star Soldier R, Gyrostarr is really only a lateral move. The graphics are gorgeous, but they do little to save the lack of varied gameplay. Four-player co-op mode can be fun, but requires three friends who love shooters to be in the same place at the same time, so good luck with that. If you’re holding out for the first great shooter title on WiiWare, keep holding your breath and hope you don’t pass out and bang your head on the coffee table.”
June 30th, 2008
Magnetica Twist, Nintendo, 1000 points.
“Fans of PuzzLoop have probably already wet themselves, and if you didn’t know this is another PuzzLoop title, then you’re not a PuzzLoop fan. Among all the puzzle titles currently bombarding WiiWare, this is definitely in the top tier, but it’s marred by some controller issues. It’s a fun game, but you’re likely to snap your arm off playing this game too intensely, because rotating the marble launcher in the center requires a 360 tilt of the Wiimote. It’s kind of saved because you can play with the Wiimote sideways; however, this is still imperfect.”