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Great Way to Play Board Games When You are Too Tired to Bother Taking Them Out
on November 18, 2012
When I first played this game, though I found it entertaining, I thought playing the actual board games was more fun. I still feel that way. However, I have come to appreciate this game more since my schedule has gotten more busy. I know it sounds strange, but when I want to play a board game--taking it out and setting it up and moving the pieces just sometimes seems like too much for me when I'm very tired.
One of the major perks of this game is that you get to use your own Miis, though the game also provides some. I have a bunch of Star Wars, Tombraider, and V characters I like to have competing with each other. You can also choose to play against one to two characters provided by the game, which is great for people who don't have someone to play with. You can have up to four players with humans, so it is nice for families. There are five games: Yahtzee Hands Down, Clue, Twister, Life, and Mouse Trap. There are two modes: Original and Remix. Multiple players can share one remote, which is also nice when you consider how expensive Wii remotes are.
YAHTZEE HANDS DOWN: This game only offers Remix mode with one player. I find Remix mode irritating because the game automatically holds your cards once you match a set. You don't have a choice. With the regular game, I had a hard time getting the hang of it. They show a card of a dice set you are supposed to match (three of a kind, yahtzee, full house). You have to match the dice sort with the same colored cards. I do find seeing the numbers rather difficult with some of the cards, but it may be my middle aged eyes. There is a time limit, so the game can't go on forever.
CLUE: This game can be a little long sometimes, and I think it is better played as a group effort to solve the crime. Otherwise, you have to rely on the honor code that your opponents won't peek during the times they have to close their eyes. What I like best about this game is the mini-games you play in order to uncover clues. For example, in one, they show you the murder weapon--and you have to find all six of the same item in a picture. Landing on question marks and collecting rumor points, which lets you start a rumor, is particularly helpful--you know, "I say it was Miss Scarlett, in the Hall, with the wrench." The Remix version is my favorite. It moves faster. Before taking your regular die roll, you roll the Event die, which causes something to happen--part of the crime scene is locked off, one of the suspects are murdered, etc. Of course, it can be annoying because the murderer can also conk you on the head and make you lose a turn. This happens a lot when you are about to make an accusation, and it is also possible to get trapped in a lock room for the rest of the game. Remix mode doesn't have most of the mini-games.
TWISTER: This is not at all like original Twister. It is like Simon. They show you a combination of keys that you need to press and the order you have to press them, and then you have to do them when the blank circles hit one point in the bar. Original has all players doing this at the same time. Remix has each player doing it on their turn. Twister is also a mini-game in the Life game when you get married.
LIFE: Some people I've read reviews on were disappointed in this game the most. Admittedly, it is a more stripped down version of the board game, and yet it seems to take forever to play. You can speed it along by pressing the "A" button frequently when the car moves, the spinner, the tallying, and cut scenes. The mini-games you play at the Stop Signs are fun, and I enjoy the little cut scenes when your character marries and has babies. My only complaint really is that there are too many lawsuit spaces. My arm gets tired shaking the remote. The Remix version makes the game much shorter, but I don't think it is quite as interesting either. I think it gets rid of the mini games, and more is decided for you. In this version, it is about how many moves you get to make rather than money, and the game ends when the first person retires--and they are the winner.
MOUSETRAP: This is, in many ways, the best game of the group as far as how close it is to the actual board game and how much time it takes to play. It is superior to the board game in that its mouse trap actually works! The game moves along at a good pace. A mini game determines how many parts of the mouse trap you can build. You can build up to three parts, but you will always get to build at least one--even if you totally suck at the minigame. The Remix version can possibly take much longer. I was also a little disoriented by this game at first, though it is actually interesting. In the Remix version, the goal is to collect a full wheel of cheese. You set traps for your fellow mice to make them lose their cheese, but you also can fall into these traps. Again, sometimes seeing the screen when you are placing the traps can be hard on old eyes.
Overall, the game is entertaining for young and old alike. The games are easy enough to play for all ages. Many of the mini games actually are considered to be brain building exercises. Yes, the board games themselves are usually much more fun to play, but this is a fairly satisfactory substitute--and absolutely wonderful when you are too lazy to set them up.