Poor Squeeballs. All these animated soft toys want is to be loved and given a good home. But they%26rsquo;re in for a world of pain before they can be placed on the shelf at the local toy store. It%26rsquo;s your job to make sure they%26rsquo;re fit for children by playing a set of minigames that ensures their wicked thoughts are whacked out of them. Don%26rsquo;t let their cute, wide-eyed exteriors fool you %26ndash; these little beasts are as evil as they come.
Okay, Squeeballs are adorable. They quake with emotion when danger looms, their screams and whimpers enough to make Mike Tyson%26rsquo;s heart melt. Whether you%26rsquo;ve launched a bowling ball at them, turned them into pancakes or even walloped them with a tennis racquet towards a minefield, they%26rsquo;ll do their best to tug at your heart strings.
The selection of party games isn%26rsquo;t the largest, and offers little thrill after trying them all once. We%26rsquo;d like to say they were all fun to play, but let%26rsquo;s face it, an inaccurate paint-by-numbers section and some overly simplistic cooking games are hardly going to challenge the likes of Cooking Mama and even grandaddy Wii Sports.
And that%26rsquo;s where Squeeballs fails. There isn%26rsquo;t enough variety, as you%26rsquo;re forced to repeat similar challenges until another predictable minigame is unlocked. It%26rsquo;s a shame, as the game boasts charming graphics that are reinforced with a soundtrack that%26rsquo;ll whirl around your brain for hours. But even playing with friends becomes a chore. It seems the Squeeballs aren%26rsquo;t going to make an impact until a dose of originality is sprinkled over their cutesy-pie posteriors.
Oct 22, 2009