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Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy - Nintendo Wii

by Majesco
Nintendo Wii
Everyone
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews) 78 / 100

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  • Create ships from scratch in the ship editor and test them out in a real level
  • Supports multi-player gameplay for 1 to 4 players
  • Design your own levels with the level editor
  • Retro geometric graphic style lends this shooter a unique look
  • Finish the game to unlock the original Tumiki Fighters online game

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000TU1IH0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 5.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,578 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy challenges shooter fans to a frenetic geometric battle exclusively for Nintendo Wii. As you destroy enemies, you’ll catch their parts and use them to make your own ship bigger and stronger. Then, unleash your creativity with the easy-to-use Blast Works editor where you can create your own ships, enemies and levels. Finally, trade these creations directly with friends or share with the entire Blast Works community at BlastWorksDepot.com. With bright, abstract graphics and fast-paced, dynamic action, this “sticky” shooter based on Kento Cho’s Tumiki Fighters online game will suck you in for the long haul.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lame Title, Rad Game June 17, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is freakin' rad.

There are two elements to this game that make is incredibly fun to play.

One - you can build and design your own ship to use in combat. This isn't like a cut and paste job, you can literally make shapes/guns/wings ANYTHING and put them anywhere on the ship. It's like the drawings that you made when you were a little kid on scratch paper brought to life. You can literally spend HOURS designing ships and not even realize the time has gone by. It's awesome.

Second - as you rip through enemies, blowing them up with your sick, self designed ship, you can grab the defeated enemies and add them to your core fighter as extra weaponry/defense. Essentially, whatever you kill makes you stronger. And it depends what angle you grab the enemies at. They fire their weapons corresponding to that angle. It's like Galaga on steroids.

You can upload your fighter designs to other people and share/swap them.
This sharing process is ridiculously easy. You literally just push "Send"

Not only that, you can design your own levels, enemies, and other random parts of the game. You don't have to share this with only your friends though, there is a website where they post everyones uploads. You can just grab those, or share your designs there.
I can't tell you how great this is. You can basically invent an impossible level and share it with your friends and laugh about how hard it is. Or you can design a ridiculous enemy and see how your brother tries to deal with him. When you do a particularly good job, you can post it on the website and see how total strangers deal with your creations. I am so excited to keep playing this game I can't contain myself.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the casual crowd. July 3, 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The first reviewer highlighted all the good aspects of the game, and I agree with that review. Now take some time to consider the bad.

You better be a seasoned side scrolling shooter vet before picking this one up because even on the easiest setting, this game is hard. The dead enemies you collect and add to your ship will soon get in your way since they rarely land where they are any use to you. You will die with just a few blows to your fragile contraption and once your lives are exhausted, it's all the way back to the beginning of the level since there are no checkpoints. I like a challenging game but they should have toned down the difficulty for the rookie setting to make this game fun for beginners. My 10 year old cousin played it for over an hour and could not get past the first level. Yes, he fully understood the controls and he plays lots of video games. So if your a hardcore side scrolling shooter fan, this one is for you. If not, you've been warned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Katamari Juggling in Space! July 28, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Blast Works is a simple shooter (aim right, blast everything, dodge bullets) but with a strategic twist. Enemy weapons, missiles, even enemy ships can be added to your ship on the fly. As your fighter shoots them down, you can swoop in and touch those same ships and they stick like glue to your ship. Their weapons keep on firing, often in random directions, but some have homing missiles or simply shoot forward. And as such, your ship gets bigger and bigger with more and more firepower.

At the core is your very small fighter, but when you pick up debris a shield is built around your ship. Meanwhile, bullets from enemies can blast off newly aquired parts, so you're constantly juggling your ever changing inventory of shields and weapons. All this with just one controller button. No inventory screens to sift through, no pausing to make changes, it just sticks and shoots.

It's very satisfying blowing a giant cannon off of an enemy boss ship, only to mount it on the front of your ship and finish them off with it.

The gameplay is very simple, but fun. As with many space shooters, the difficulty ramps up quickly as you find yourself facing a screen full of bullets by only the second level, as such inexperienced gamers beware.

Easy to play, but with lots of depth for ongoing play value. And you can trade ships with friends via a massive create mode! Great budget game, but I find the $40 price tag a bit much for casual gamers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only if you plan to build your own levels ... July 29, 2008
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I didn't know much about this game going in, but I'd heard good things about it and decided to pick it up because Best Buy was practically giving it away. As of this writing (7/30/08), they're selling it in stores for half the price that Amazon has it listed.

I will say this about the game.. it has a pretty extensive level editor where you can design everything from the ships to the bullets to the enemies, and everything in between. Not only can you design your own levels, but you can also trade with people or download from others.

The problem is, that's about the only thing this game has going for it, because the gameply is pretty sub-par. The horizontal shooting genre has been done to death, and the ability to collect fallen enemies and add them to your ship is a novelty that wears off pretty quickly. But hey, don't take my word for it... do a search for this game on Youtube and see if the videos do anything for you.

My recommendation: if you like the idea of building your own stuff, you're probably going to get a lot of mileage out of it. Otherwise, I wouldn't pay more than 10 dollars for this. As for me, I am a casual gamer who doesn't play a lot, so even if I didn't have games on the shelf I haven't finished yet that are a lot more fun than this, it is doubtful I would take the time required in the editor to actually build something interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The description of this game sounded interesting. It is a scrolling shooter so to me (I grew up with "Defender") it was interesting for a few minutes but to kids that grew... Read more
Published 7 months ago by chris Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Marketing Failure
This might be the most overlooked gem in the entire Wii library! It's appropriate for all ages but can present experienced gamers with a challenge too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kezins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift!
My 9 and 10 year old sons have absolutely enjoyed this game. They especially like being able to create their own gadgets. Would reccommend. Read more
Published 13 months ago by A Bolden
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH BETTER THAN IT LOOKS! If you like 2D Spaceship Shooters
the package and title are non-descript?

It was lucky I decided to rent it.

Really unique, fun gameplay - Katamari Damacy meets Gradius, or R-Type. Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by Franz K
4.0 out of 5 stars Freezes, but still fun
Likes to freeze at times and the screen can get pretty cluttered and crazy, but still fun. Pretty cool to be able to salvage parts from other ships. Read more
Published on August 12, 2011 by Roger L. Garstang
5.0 out of 5 stars A++
Shipped fast and just as described. My son's love it and are still playing it.
Published on March 10, 2010 by Big Tony
2.0 out of 5 stars A Little Confusing
Takes some time to figure out and I ended up not enjoying it that much. I don't mind the 2-d graphics but this doesn't get much replay.
Published on August 15, 2009 by W. Rosen
5.0 out of 5 stars love this game!
I got this game real cheap and wasn't expecting much. A friend and I opened it and were crying from laughing so hard at times. Read more
Published on May 4, 2009 by John Locke
4.0 out of 5 stars Customization to an extreme
Blast Works is a very interesting game, and it's nice to have it as a Wii exclusive--even though it makes no use of the Wiiremote's motion sensing controls and only uses the... Read more
Published on April 2, 2009 by Nightmare
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wii Game for the Price!
I love this game! It's pretty hard to get anywhere at first, but it's such a blast that doesn't matter. Read more
Published on September 16, 2008 by Wii Guy
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