So it’s Thanksgiving. I guess we’re supposed to be thankful that the Virtual Console and WiiWare are around, because it’s otherwise been a slow fall for the Wii. Sure, there have been some great games on the Wii like de Blob and Wario Land: Shake It!, but it’s been a slew of WiiWare titles and Virtual Console surprises that have probably kept people interested in the Wii. And thankfully, that continues this week, as we have two WiiWare titles and another great retro game on the Virtual Console.
This week’s games are:
Boingz (RealArcade, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Stretch, flex and flick your way to freedom. A truly mind-bending experience, Boingz introduces you to cute, colorful, stretchable friends lost in an alien world, searching for the magical gates that will take them home. Boingz springs to life with 30 levels of puzzle-platforming fun. The Boingz are bendy little critters that can be pulled, stretched and flicked from place to place like rubber bands. It’s a team effort, as all the Boingz will have to work together to unwind the game’s puzzles. What’s more, many of the Boingz have fallen into a deep slumber, and you’ll have to lead the stronger Boingz to find and wake up their sleepy friends. Explore surreal landscapes, sail through the air like a trapeze artist, walk along the seafloor, and collect the Twinklies to power up your elastic-powered flights.
Sudoku Challenge! (Digital Leisure Inc., 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Now’s your chance to play the brain-busting puzzle game taking the world by storm. With over 100 million Sudoku puzzles, you’ll never see the same puzzle twice in Sudoku Challenge! You can select the classic nine-by-nine Sudoku game boards as well as Grand Sudoku, which challenges you to complete five intersecting Sudoku boards simultaneously. Just a beginner? Don’t worry-with three difficulty options, even a novice player can complete a Sudoku with ease. But if you’re a seasoned pro, challenge yourself in Expert mode and test your true skills. It’s time to get your thinking cap on and see how many Sudoku puzzles you can conquer.
I don’t know a thing about either of the games, but Sudoku Challenge! sounds like your run-of-the-mill sudoku game. We’ve already had plenty of those, but will the Grand Sudoku mode be enough to differentiate this game from the rest? It might be. Then again, it’s only 500 Wii points, so it’s not overpriced for what it is.
As for Boingz, it certainly has a cutesy sound to it, but if it can deliver some good puzzle action, it might have promise. though it’s not mentioned, Boingz was developed by Ninjabee, who you might know for Cloning Clyde or Outpost Kaloki on Xbox Live Arcade. Some of the previews I’ve read on this have been positive, so let’s hope that Boingz can live up to what it’s supposed to be.
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Comic Mischief, 800 Wii Points): In this top pick from the Sega Genesis, play as Boogerman, the heroic alter ego of Snotty Ragsdale. While investigating Professor Stinkbaum’s lab, Boogerman stumbles upon a strange machine that opens a portal to another dimension. Boogerman has a nose for adventure, but has he met his match in this sticky situation? Journey through dangerous worlds while battling wicked enemies like Fly Boy and Deodor Ant. Deal them a blow with Boogerman’s super abilities: pick and flick with deadly precision, belch, and use his deadly signature stomp.
Ah, Boogerman. A silly, yet at the same time fun platformer from Interplay way back in the day. I remember this coming out on the Super Nintendo and getting to play it a bit there. I’ve never played the Genesis version, though, so I’m not sure if there’s a huge difference between the two. Based on my Super Nintendo experiences with this, though, I’d recommend it.
Boogerman is debuting first on the North American Virtual Console. It, along with Boingz and Sudoku Challenge!, is currently available for download off the Wii Shop Channel.
Check back next week for the latest round of releases for the Wii. Until then, happy gaming!