Someone auditioning for reviewer on the main site...?* In that case...EzlosApprentice ExcellentAnalysis Introduction
There's a lot more to Wii Play than meets the eye. You don't want to go dismissing it simply as a budget title. You should embrace it for the fact it is a budget title... With a free Wiimote.
The game is basically set up as a tutorial for users and takes you through the basics of Wiimote operation through a set of nine mini-games.Shooting Range Control style: Pointer
You start off with the Shooting Range which conjures up memories of Duck Hunt. You're using your Wiimote in its most basic form as a pointer, but in the same way as Duck Hunt was a heck load of fun with the Light Gun in the early days, this is pretty addictive stuff.
I highly recommend playing with a Hitler Mii, as there is nothing funnier than the final stage as you watch him running around for his life as the aliens invade... Only downside is that you can only play through the stages, no real variety. 8/10Find Mii Control style: Pointer
Search through a mass of Mii's in a number of different situations in what is ultimately Where's Wally for the Wii. If you're looking to achieve a high score on this one, I'd suggest building a collection of positively hideous Mii's that stand out from the crowd. Simple but enjoyable. 6/10Table Tennis Control style: Pointer/Pencil grip
First revealed in an early Wii trailer featuring two young Japanese girls it looked simple then and it's equally simple now. It lacks the depth of Wii Tennis as you don't have control over power or direction, you simply need to move your paddle from side to side to get an impressive rally going which will build up an audience of Mii's to cheer you on. 5/10Pose Mii Control style: Point and Twist
Another addictive little one. I was hooked for a while. It may be that I'm easily pleased or that I enjoy twisting my wrist in all sorts of directions desperately positioning falling Mii's into bubbles so they don't fall into the goo waiting at the bottom of the screen. Try a two player game for added fun as you fight to pop your opponent's bubbles for bonus points. 9.5/10Laser Hockey Control style: Point and Twist
Like Pong, but with a learning curve that will drive you nuts. It's not as simple as batting the light ball back at your opponent, but twisting the Wiimote to send it in different directions. The number of times I have scored an own goal easily doubles goals scored in my favour... 7/10Billiards Control style: Err... Like a cue
AKA: Pool. Holding your Wiimote in the same way you would hold a cue, you can take aim with an overhead or behind the ball perspective and then pull back and thrust forward to take your shot. Works quite well for multiplayer too. Especially if your real world performance is piss poor like my own... 8/10Fishing Control style: Like a fishing rod, minus the reel
The controls on this could do with a bit of a tweak. By tweak I mean major overhaul. Catching 2-D fish in a 3-D pond doesn't work very well for this game at all. Nice idea, kept things simple, sadly needed a bit more time in development IMO. 3/10Charge Controller style: Classic hold, tilt forward for speed
Ride a cow, knock down the scarecrows, cross the finishing line. Yes, you read that correctly. The biggest disappointment with this is the fact that there is only one track to run, so it can get pretty dull. 6/10Tanks Controller style: With or without Nunchuk
After Pose Mii and Billiards, this is the third best game on the disk. From what I have heard there are 100 levels to play through, but I have yet to make it past the 20s. Steer a tank with the Nunchuk or D Pad, aiming with the Wiimote to blast enemy tanks and claim victory. Sounds simple, but as I said, 100 levels to fight through this will keep you busy. 9/10Summary The good, the bad, the conclusion
This game is a good buy simply for the fact it comes with a free Wiimote and it has great potential in the multiplayer field. It's a great introduction for anyone just starting out with the Wiimote (hints: grab your granny) and for a simple game it displays impressive physics in Billiards and Laser Hockey.
Having said that though, there are a few issues. Table Tennis and Fishing are lacking in depth when it comes to the controls, Billiards could easily come with 8-Ball rules as well as 9-Ball and I'm slightly frustrated that the Shooting Range is limited to the five or six stages it comes with.
But those are minor niggles. This is 9 games in one (of which 5 are excellent, 3 are good and one needs a bit of work), a virtually free Wiimote (or Wiimote with virtually free game) and a great guide for getting your family in on the action.
It's basic, but a fuckload of fun. Stop complaining about your Wii droughts, get this and finish those 100 levels of Tanks for me.
Final score (taking points per mini-game and general music, graphics, etc (6/10)): 67.5% ... But don't forget that Wiimote.*Disclaimer: To the best of my knowledge there are no auditions for reviewer on the main site, I was bored, fancied writing a review. It's what wannabe games journalists need to do from time to time. Feedback welcomed.