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Critter Round-Up - WiiWare review

This farm needs a reality show called Deadliest Ranch

Pros

  • Animals have behavioral quirks
  • Powerups add a little depth
  • "Funny" premise

Cons

  • 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 fromToki Tori.

Jun 27, 2008

More Info

GenreOther Games/Compilations
DescriptionCorral cute animals by building fences around them. A funny premise but herding killer chickens and foxes is irritating. It just doesn't make sense.
PlatformWii
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating
Alternative namesSaku Saku Animal Panic
Release date:20 May 2008 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:Wii
Genre:Other Games/Compilations
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