Get ready for excitement because scales are gonna fly! No,
that’s not right – fishing isn’t just
like MMA, we forgot. Programmer Yuji Naka is known mainly for being the
co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, which means he knows fast action. We had hopes he could bring some excitement to… fishing. Since 2006, Naka
and his company Prope have been the prime movers behind such family-friendly
games as Let's Tap. With Fishing Resort, Prope takes us on a sometimes-fun,
frequently tiresome excursion in an adventure-slash-fishing game for the
FlingSmash, in both its choice of title and its apparently shallow game mechanic, doesn’t seem like it could be anything other than a mindless waggle-fest. Instead, it’s a fun exercise in taking advantage of the Wii’s biggest strengths. It comes bundled with the new (in sexy black) Wii remote plus, which looks just like a regular remote but has MotionPlus built right into it. The central mechanic of the game is indeed just swinging the remote, but with MotionPlus designed into it, it’s actually a precision-based affair rather than random flailing...
Fluidity is a funny little puzzle game that sports a puddle of water as its main protagonist; however, you don’t get to control the water by any conventional means. Instead, the game sports a movement mechanic very similar to those ball-in-a-maze puzzles you used to play with as a kid. In order to move the water from one point to another, you must tilt the entire level. This simple design feature makes for a puzzle game that is incredibly fresh and genuinely satisfying to play...
enjoying two decades of success in its native Japan, the Fortune Street series has
finally made its way west in its first outing on Wii. To put it briefly, it's
like a beefed-up, more strategic version of Monopoly with a Mario and Dragon
Quest theme. If you love any of these things, Fortune Street is worthy of being
your new go-to party game...
We want to like this game, we really do. Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon has plenty going for it, after all – and not just a page-occupyingly long name. It’s an eerie, melancholy game world punctuated with moments of subtle beauty that will make you want to hold it tenderly, like a wounded kitten.
Don’t let those rampant exclamation marks fool you – this minigolf game isn’t that exciting. Maybe one mark, at a push, but two? That’s! Insane! This is golf of the uncraziest variety. Its three vanilla courses look pretty enough, but there are no clever Mouse Trap-style contraptions, no wacky pirate ships or fire-breathing golf dragons hidden in any of them.
We've lived with the Wii for more than a year now, so there's really no reason to belabor this opening point: Yes, the Wii plays host to an inordinate amount of minigame collections. Furthermore, most of them are insipid, although some few are actually worth your time, whether you're flying solo or waggling with companions. Furu Furu Park unfortunately does not fall into that worthwhile category, but it's hard to tell if it just misses the mark or if it truly falls into the category of soulless