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WiiWare Demo Reviews

In my last post, I talked about how the Wii shop channel has started offering demos for Wii Ware games.  Well, I wound up downloading all 5 demos on the channel and played them.  Now I am here to tell you what I thought of them.

Bit.Trip Beat Demo (4/5)

This rhythm based game basically has you moving a paddle up and down with the wiimote to deflect blocks that are flying at you.  Its kinda like Pong: The Musical.  However, such a simple gameplay idea turns out to be a blast to play.  Hitting all the beats is pretty challenging, but they give you a big heath bar in case you are “rhythm impaired” like I am.  If your looking for a good rhythm game, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Darklord Demo (3/5)

I have never really gotten into Final Fantasy and I had no clue what to expect as I started this demo.  It turns out this is a castle defender game.  It involves building rooms onto your castle and summoning monsters to defend your castle as you try to rule the world.  As far as castle defenders go, this was ok, but I could not really get into it.  I hesitate to say this demo was bad, but it was not good.  If you are really really into castle defenders and/or final fantasy, you might enjoy this game.  Otherwise, I would stay away.

NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits Demo (4/5)

NyxQuest puts you in the role of Nyx, a girl with wings who is searching the ruins of rome to find her friend, Icarus.  She can fly and glide (but only to a limited degree) and as she goes through the game, she learns the powers of the greek gods.  The power included in the demo was the power of Zeus, which allows you to move around objects by dragging them with the wiimote.  Its a fun gameplay mechanic and allows for some fun (if not simple) puzzles. I was confused to see that Nyx seemed to lack any fighting moves.  She just dodges and navigates her was through the ruins.  I don’t know if there will be any fighting in the game, but from what I have seen, it might not need any.  This demo shows a lot of potential and I think the full game will probably be great.

Pokemon Rumble Demo (2/5)

Wow, its been years since I tried a Pokemon game.  Basically in Pokemon rumble you play as toy Pokemon who want to compete in the “battle royal”  In order to do so, you must go through stage after stage fighting toy Pokemon and befriend the occasional Pokemon. (after you befriend one, you can switch to him)  While this game did have a cute little charm to it, it has no real gameplay value.  Its just a button masher.  You walk around and press 2 to attack the Pokemon you see everywhere.  No strategy to the fighting, no puzzles to solve.  You just walk around and press 2.  Even if you are a big Pokemon fan, I would stay away.

World of Goo Demo (4.5/5)

I am not really sure why I downloaded this demo when I own the full game for PC…The goal of this game is to use blobs of goo to build structures to get to the pipe in each level.  Its a simple concept yet, and amazingly fun game.  This is a great little game, and I would recommend it to any gamer, casual or “hardcore”.




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