Sunday, September 14, 2008

'Boom Blox' weekend

The girlfriend does not own a Wii. She did, however, fall in love with "Boom Blox" at first sight when playing on someone else's. So, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that she went and bought the game for use on my Wii, and I guess I also shouldn't be surprised that I have an IV of Mountain Dew going right now due to playing "Boom Blox" all Saturday night.

So why do I bring this game up? A game that has been out for a few months already and some of you have already heard of? Because not enough people are playing this game! It's fantastic, just as good a "casual gamer" title as you are going to find. Sure, it doesn't involve jumping around the room like some of the other Wii "casual gamer" titles, but this is one polished piece of work, responsive to your movements and a satisfying experience -- something most of those jump-around-the-room titles cannot claim.

At it's heart, the game is a virtual version of "Jenga," with the Wiimote as your hopefully steady hands. There are several many puzzles of different shaped structures to solve, either by yourself or with a teammate, and there are also competitive games to play with up to four players trying to be the one to take out the most blocks before the penalty block on top of the structure falls to the floor. There are also block-shooting mini-games and a create-a-puzzle feature.

This is just as good a party game, or "casual gamer" game as you're going to find.

My personal favorite part is, when you are competing by taking turns taking out the most blocks without letting the structure fall to the ground, you can purposely move a few blocks out of place while taking your own block out, making the whole thing unstable for the next person's turn. Granted, it wasn't the best idea to do that to the GF...

Anyway, this is a game that deserves much more attention than its got, so make time in your gaming schedule to go out and give it a try.

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