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- Now the all-new cast of characters are part of the destruction! Throw, grab and launch characters for fun, or use them as part of your strategy.
- All-new explosive puzzle action builds upon your BOOM BLOX favorites while delivering tons of levels to explore, conquer and remix.
- More multiplayer action than ever before. Play crazy new levels with or against friends in cooperative, competitive and the all-new team-based action.
- Beautiful themed worlds take you from mysterious planets to pirate coves and beyond. Battle giant squids or bash alien spaceships as you explore these stunning new environments.
- Design your own levels with the expanded Create Mode. Please note: Online features and services for this title have been discontinued.
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For those of you that never played Boom Blox, here's the quick rundown. Boom Blox is a physics action-puzzler. It is kind of like Jenga, but you use the Wii remote pointer to throw bowling balls, throw baseballs, launch paint balls, shoot cannons, fire lasers, grab, grip, and throw items, and use a slingshot to either destroy (or sometimes build) your way through puzzles. This is the type of game the Wii was designed for with deep and imaginative level designs and dozens of ways to interact with the world laid down before you.
The new version has a lot of improvements over the last one.
+++ Most multi-player modes only require one remote, which is very nice if you don't have a full set of controllers.
+++ A ridiculous number of levels. Best of all, they are well designed levels. So far, based the nearly 100 or so that I've played, I can say the vast majority are very enjoyable and none of them have been bad. Getting bronze on most levels is pretty easy, but silver and gold medals can be challenging, and a few still have me scratching my head wonder how I'm supposed to get that perfect score that will bump me from a high Silver score to that coveted gold medal. Levels are now set in even more locales than before, including underwater and outer space. I particularly enjoy the outer space levels.
+++ An improved level unlock mechanism. You now collect Boom Bux, which can be used to purchase and unlock levels if you are too impatient to play through all of the prerequisite levels and achievements. With hundreds of levels in the game, I think this is a great feature. Although I've focused mostly on multi-player, I've observed that on every single one of the single-player levels that I've played I found a secret Boom Bux block.
+++ Fewer "shooter" levels, which were honestly the first game's weakest point.
+++ Stronger emphasis on multi-player with more multi-player modes and a ton more multi-player levels, both competitive and co-op.
+++ Smoother physics engine. This version seems to run smoother than the previous game, but the game can still experience a bit of slow down if too much happens on screen.
+++ Improved level builder support, which is directly tied to the online experience. My only regret is that my own personal creativity is pretty much limited to making symmetrical geometric patterns.
+++ Vastly improved online experience. Free download levels are already available and users can share their own custom levels with other players across the world without having to use Friend Codes!
+++ Very good music throughout most of the game, with only a few exceptions.
I do have a few minor complaints about the game, but they are very few. Competitive multi-player games tend to favor the first player slightly, but the game includes a "revenge" mechanic that mostly makes up for that shortcoming. The animals are still kind of annoying, especially with regards to their sound effects, but at least their animations have been diversified and been made more interesting. They still have the Happy-Tree-Friends-shoved-into-a-box look, which is kind of nice in a twisted sort of way. Like I said before, my complaints are really minor and I have yet to experience any gameplay issues that really, really bothered me.
All in all, I highly recommend this game to every Wii owner. This is the type of game the Wii was designed for. Despite it's cutesy art style and kid-friendly atmosphere, Boom Blox series isn't a gimmick like a lot of junk shoveled out onto the Wii. Hard core gamers will find an amazing amount of depth and challenge while casual gamers, parents, and families will find an accessible game that almost anyone can pick up and have fun with. Multi-player modes definitely steal the show and create a classic party game atmosphere. The replay value for this game is through the roof. The 400 levels, level editor, and content available for download definitely make this game an amazing value.
For those unfamiliar with the game, there are several different level types. "Throwing" games involve throwing a tennis or bowling ball at a Jenga tower like stack of blocks and trying to knock them down. "Grabbing" games are somewhat similar to traditional Jenga. "Shooting" games involve firing at targets. New in "Bash Party": depending on the environment (land, space, under water) the physics of how the blocks move differ. Throughout the game, cute, blocky animal characters dance and run around. If you hit them with a ball or block, they squeal, fall over (or fly back if hit hard) and then disappear with a pop.
In multi-player "party" mode, you can choose what level to play at any time. In single player mode, you must progress through a set series of levels to unlock. This can get annoying if there is a stretch of levels you do not enjoy (I only like playing the "throw" games, so suffering through the shooting and grabbing games is tiresome at best). The level editor is much improved in this version, so if you like building your own levels it is worth purchasing. The new environments, while adding variety, also add more chaos which just felt haphazard not fun. The menu system is also confusing, forcing a lot of clicking around to find the parts you are interested in.
If you don't already have the first version, buy this one. It has a few improvements, no significant detractions (once you figure out where you favorite levels are hiding) and is cheaper. However, if you already have the first one, borrow this from a friend or library and see if the new features are worth it.