One great thing about the Wii is the endless games that are available via WiiWare. Some of the games are fantastic and worth every penny while others do nothing more than take up space on your memory device. Does Boingz simply take up hard drive space or do these stretchy aliens land a WiiWare hit?
Boingz is a puzzle-platforming game that uses the simplistic Wii controls to help aliens find their way out of 30 platforming levels. The Boingz characters are a lot like rubber. The Wii remote is used to grab them and flip them all over the screen to get to the desired exit gate. Each level has various obstacles and other Boingz that can be interacted with in order to finish. The levels increase in difficulty as you make it deeper into the game. The challenges that face the Boingz keep the game fresh from one level to another. Unfortunately, the control scheme does not fare so well.
The Wii remote is used to grab the Boingz antenna and flick them all over the level. Depending on the angle at which the player aims the Boingz it will go high, low or far away. While the idea behind the controls was a good one, the implementation was not as fluid. I often found myself stuck behind rocks and other obstacles, and not being able to get the correct angle needed. It once took me 10 minutes to complete a level because my Boingz got stuck. I later went back and tried the level again and completed it in just a couple of minutes.
The graphics are simplistic but represent the game and environments well. The levels are colorful and bright, but do get somewhat repetitive after continued play. The sounds fit within the gameplay, but do nothing to really stand out.
Parents can use Boingz to discuss problem solving and even the importance of helping others. Kids should really enjoy playing Boingz, and parents can fell safe with their kids playing this game.
Overall, Boingz has the potential to be a really great platforming game,
but suffers too much from poorly executed controls. That being said,
kids can have some fun with the easier levels and will enjoy going
through them multiple times. Boingz definitely does more than take up
space on the Wii hard drive, but falls a little short of being the hit
it could have been.
Family Friendly Factor: 95%
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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