This may be hard to believe, but there's now another title for the Nintendo Wii which is a series of mini-games. This time out they are, oddly enough, lumberjack themed games and are part of the ever-growing Go Play line of games from Majesco Entertainment (the most recent of which is Go Play City Sports).
In Go Play Lumberjacks, players take control of any one of a number of lumberjacks – four are available at the start and many more can be unlocked down the line – and compete against up to three other people/computer characters. Only a small number of possible events are available at the beginning, with many more available down the line.
The events range from the average-seeming lumberjack duties to the downright dangerous sounding ones, but manage to be fun no matter the perceived danger or reality level involved. The most basic of the events, things like climbing poles and sawing wood, feature easy-to-master, for all age level basic Wii remote skills. In order to complete the activity all one has to do is wildly wave the Wii remote up and down or left to right (in the case of the climbing, water balloons also have to be dodged). "Axe Throwing" requires players to point the remote at the screen and use a crosshair to focus on targets, which axes can be tossed at with the "B" button. Harder tasks, like "Coin Grab" which requires coin collecting on logs on a river, require more traditional gameplay sorts of button pushing.
Go Play Lumberjacks also features Wii Balance Board support for some – but not all – of the events. At times the Balance Board makes the mini-games easier (as with the "Limb Cut"), and at times far, far more difficult (as with the water-based "Coin Grab"). The Balance Board support is a nice addition to the game, but it is somewhat disconcerting that the difficulty level in comparison with Wii remote use varies so wildly.