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Critter Round-Up - WiiWare review

AT A GLANCE
  • Animals have behavioral quirks
  • Powerups add a little depth
  • "Funny" premise
  • Killer chickens... yeah
  • Mostly just Qix, plus fluff
  • Irritating herding-work

Presented with a pen of beasties, you have to fence the animals into separate enclosures without coming into contact with any of them – for that spells instant death. It’s Qix on a farm. A farm of mad. What kind of farmer shoves antagonising breeds in a pen and then tries to solve the problem? What kind of chicken is it that can kill you with a single peck? Why, in the name of all things sane, is a farmer rearing foxes? His agricultural set-up is such a self-hating endeavor we’re not sure we want to help him.

Factor in some furry/feathery behavioural quirks (carnivores pursue herbivores, certain animals stun you, certain animals can hop fences) and what was a high-speed bit of fluff in Qix becomes an irritating exercise in second-guessing animal AI. Power-ups add a smidgen of strategic depth – speed-up, invincibility, carnivore-scaring weapons – and the animals do a groovy boogie when you pen them in, but since when has that ever been a recommendation?

A teeth-grindingly stupid premise belies a few okay gameplay ideas. But you’re better off getting your animal/puzzle fix from Toki Tori.

Jun 27, 2008

More Info

Release date: May 20 2008 - Wii (US)
Available Platforms: Wii
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Developed by: Konami
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Comic Mischief

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