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Before minigame collections flooded the Wii library...
on March 15, 2012
Wow. I'm somewhat disappointingly surprised. I never would've expected Wii Play to have a total rating of 3 1/2 out of 5. I thought it was a fun game. What's wrong here? Well, I could only go so far as to explain how exciting this game actually is compared to what everyone else is trying to say.
So, Wii Play is, well, a minigame collection. It's no Mario Party, where there's a bunch of them after a turn in a board game. It's no WarioWare, where there is minigame after minigame, and each would be 5 seconds. It is its own minigame collection, with a nice amount to choose from.
A game where you find a certain Mii or a number of the same Mii under a time limit. It is merely just clicking on the Mii(s) to win. Yet, I found it so darn addicting. I could go on forever, but anyone is bound to mess up sometime, clicking on the wrong Miis and having their time limit drop. It's amusing to watch the Miis go up and down escalators, watch a race, float in space, run, and swim in some levels.
You knew this one would be coming: Using the Wii Remote as a gun is ingenious, and we were all waiting for a title to utilize that. Shooting Range actually resembles NES classic Duck Hunt, except you are shooting targets, soda cans, and UFOs instead. Like Duck Hunt, it's incredibly fun. Although it's short (It spans just a few levels, containing one of the above objects to shoot in each), I would always come and play this one.
This one is rather flawed. Instead of being an average game of table tennis, it's a rally that you must keep up with the CPU as you hit the ball back and forth. It all ends after you miss the ball once. Playing with a friend IS an average game of table tennis, however, and it just leaves me with a question: Why wasn't single player mode like this?
Ooh yes! Laser Hockey is a flashy neon Pong with an AWESOME techno beat. Definitely a fabulous play here.
In this one, you simply change the pose of your Mii (Which you move around with the Wii Remote) to match the poses of the silhouette of said Mii that's shown in bubbles. Move the Mii into the bubbles to pop them. Like most games in Wii Play, the premise becomes extremely addicting.
This is why I said MOST games in Wii Play are addicting. Billiards isn't what I'd call an addicting arcade-style game. As the title implies, this is a simulation of that game that you find in arcades or places like Carolina Ale House. It works pretty well into a Wii game, actually. You must not be clumsy, though, as the game requires you to move the Wii Remote in a rather precise way.
You're gonna have lots of fun with this one while it lasts. Charge has your Mii ride a rampaging cow running over scarecrows in its path! You can tilt the Wii Remote forward to make the cow move even faster!
Not the average fishing simulation, this game has you catch cardboard fish that are somehow alive. It's not as hard as it may sound. You just have to leave the hook in the water for a bit, and the fish will peck at it. Then when one fully snags the hook, now's your chance to yank it out! Once again, it's a fun game.
This one is arguably one of the best this collection has to offer. You move a tank around the environment, and you must destroy all enemy tanks to move on. The challenge is being able to conquer all kinds of tanks that may stand in your way, as well as to seeing how far you can go.
Overall, most of these games are certainly fun and addicting arcade-style games that will keep you at it for quite a while. It's nice to be able to play with a friend in all of those games, too. Thankfully, this collection isn't that pricey, so you can practically jump right into the fun!