[Game Review] LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias (WiiWare)

System: Wii Exclusive (WiiWare)
Developer: Frontier Developments
Publisher: Frontier Developments
Genre: Adventure

The first LostWinds is widely considered one of, if not the absolute best games the WiiWare has to offer. Featuring gorgeous visuals, creative controls, and an absolutely fresh premise, no one could argue that LostWinds was anything short of spectacular (besides those douchebags at GameSpot, that is). The sequel, dubbed Winter of the Melodias, takes everything that made the first adventure such a smashing success and somehow manages to add to it. Continue reading

[Video Game Review] NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits (WiiWare)


System: Wii
Developer: Over the Top Games
Publisher: Over the Top Games
Genre: Platformer

NyxQuest started life out as Icarian, and since the first few screenshots and tidbits of information were revealed Wii gamers have been keeping an eye on this unique platformer. It was originally rumored to be heavily influenced by the classic NES game Kid Icarus by IGN, but now that they game is finally here it’s plain to see they were very wrong. Just as they always are about anything Kid Icarus related.

Anyway, NyxQuest: Kindred spirits is finally here. Is it worth your hard earned Wii points, or is it just another piece of dumpsterware being shovelled onto the system? Continue reading

[Game Review] Swords & Soldiers (WiiWare)


swordsandsoldierswiiSystem: Wii (WiiWare Exclusive)
Developer: Ronimo Games
Publisher: Ronimo Games
Genre: RTS (Real Time Strategy)

Real Time Strategy games and consoles generally don’t mix well. A handful of buttons and a couple of analog sticks just don’t emulate the feel of a keyboard and mouse when it comes to the RTS genre. There’s just too much going on all at once. Too many troops to micro-manage, to many resources to mine, too many enemy bases to destroy, and too many dimensions (three) to move through.

But what if you simplified that formula and put it on the Wii? What if there were only a handful of troops that managed themselves, one resource to mine, never more than a few bases to destroy, and everything was given to you from a 2-d sidescrolling perspective? And the pointer could be used exactly as a mouse pointer. Would it work? Continue reading

Review: Pirates: The Key of Dreams (WiiWare)


Publisher: Oxygen Games
Players: 1-4
Genre: Action
Cost: 1000 Points

A 10 dollar game about pirates? Hell yeah, sign me up! Along with zombies, ninjas and Hulk Hogan, Pirates are one of the many things God put on Earth to make life for us mere laymen more worth living. Unfortunately this may not be the game you want it to be. When I first heard of it I didn’t think there was any way it could be anything other than awesome. Well here we are, ten bucks later, and I can readily admit that I was horribly wrong.

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Review: Gyrostarr (WiiWare)


Publisher: High Voltage Software
No. of Players: 1-4
Cost: 700 Wii Points ($7 USD)

Gyrostarr is developed and published by High Voltage Software for Nintendo’s WiiWare service. The game features arcade shooter action with up to 4 players and some of the most polished graphics I’ve seen on WiiWare since Lost Winds (review soon). Is this arcade blast worth your hard earned Wii Points?

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Review: World of Goo (WiiWare)


I’m just gonna say this to go ahead and get it out of the way. World of Goo is by far the greatest game on Nintendo’s WiiWare service, and one of the best on the console itself. This gem is one of those games that show just how good a game can be when the people making are doing it because creating games is what they love, not to earn a paycheck. It easily proves that gaming can be considered not only truly sophisticated entertainment, but also one of the most creative forms of art. Can you tell I love this game?

World of Goo was developed by a team called 2D Boy which consists of only three members, only two of which did the majority of the work on Goo before expanding to 3. The game released a couple of weeks ago for download on WiiWare for 1500 Wii Points, or $15.

Beautiful AND creative

Beautiful AND creative

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