Game Review

Job Island: Hard Working People Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Greg Kidner

In the words of Sir Alan, You're hired!

After Hudson’s relative success with Sports Island, last June, comes the first of two new titles; Job Island: Hard Working People and Sports Island 2. Job Island (aka Help Wanted) has to be one of the most bizarre ideas for a mini-games title yet, working!

Job Island has 3 main game modes: Employment office, which is the single player story mode; Career Fair, where you can practice the jobs you have received from the employment office; and Job Battle, a 2-player battle mode.

On the Job Island you'll be working through a total of 55 jobs to earn money which in turn will save the world from 10 threats hidden in the sky. There are 10 threats in total, some of which are really funny and also Japanese in humour. The jobs you can take on include Security Guard, Sushi Chef, Plane Cleaner, Haunted House Monster, Body-builder, and Sumo Referee, to name just a few.

The jobs are split into four different experience levels starting with a familiar Novice level then moving up to Pro, then Expert and finally an unlockable Master level. The experience levels also allows you to earn more cash, the higher your experience level the higher you get paid.

The story starts off with you selecting your character's sex and giving him or her a name. You then see that your Grandpa has discovered a comet in the sky, which later turns out to be a meteor heading for the Earth. You have 7 days before the meteor hits the Earth, which luckily is all the time you need to save enough money from your jobs to purchase the Transformowatch from the TV shopping channel, turning you into a super hero and, as a result, letting you save the world. Along the way you can postpone the threat by purchasing other items such as a scary mask or completing challenges such as achieving a perfect round in the body-building job, which will add additional days to the countdown.

The TV shopping has more to it than just purchasing items to save the world though, with four channels all offering different attractions. The first one is the "Point Channel" where you purchase the items to slow down or destroy the comet and other threats. Second is the "Memorial Channel" which allows you to buy items to keep in memorial hall alongside a collection book which records visitors to your hall. Third is the "Support Channel" where you can purchase items to help you with your jobs, and finally a "Uniform Channel" which is where you can purchase new... uniforms.

Other features of the story mode include being able to take on mystery jobs to earn double the usual money and challenges such as beating your best score for triple money (don’t beat your score though and you get half, or sometimes, no money). The story mode has an overly long introduction but it's harmless, simply trying to add a bit of a story and a purpose to what would otherwise be just another series of mini games.

Career Fair allows you to play the jobs you’ve unlocked in the story mode. You first choose from a number of characters including Mom, Grandpa and Grandma to play the games with, and then you can play the mini games without any story or cut-scenes. The game keeps track of your best score so that you can try to beat your top scores.

Job Battle is the much needed 2-player mode, because after all what is the point in mini games if you can’t challenge a friend to beat you? You each select a character then pick a set of rules. You have the choice of Free For All, where you see who performs best; Goal Money, where you set a target pay cheque and keep working until the first person earns that amount; Total Money where you set a number of rounds and see who has the most money; or Wins, where you select a number of wins and the first to get that amount wins. There are 15 jobs you can play in Job Battle, so there's plenty to challenge your friends with.

True to fashion with the other 'Island games from Hudson, Job Island has a very vibrant look and feel, fitting perfectly into its Japanese culture roots. There is nothing exceptional with the music though, it is relatively simple and gets tiresome but this is not unexpected from such a game.

Each mini game has a clear description of the controls, some of the mini games require just the Wii Remote, some just the Nunchuk and some need both. It has to be said that throughout the game there are a few noticeable control issues, but all said and done it shouldn't detract from the fun because the games are over in a relatively short amount of time.

Conclusion

Job Island is generally very enjoyable and has plenty of variety. Initially the story drags on but once you get past that there are very few parts that seem boring. It's also nice to see a game that has put some effort in, meaning each job has a sense of reason and purpose, rather than simply sticking a few mini games on a disc. There are plenty of reasons to go back to this game once you’ve completed the story mode: you can try to perfect each job and get master levels on all of them, beat your scores in the Career Fair or challenge a friend to see if they can beat you. The main thing about this game is that nearly all the mini-games are enjoyable which, when you consider there are 50 to choose from is an excellent achievement.

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User Comments (18)

CorbsAdmin

#1

Corbs said:

Wow yet another Wii release I need to pick up. I'm going to have to consider a third job now.

DazzaAdmin

#2

Dazza said:

Wow that's a better score than I expected! Who would have thought that a work sim could be so much fun? (after all REAL work isn't! hehe)

VGM

#3

VGM said:

Another great job by Hudson.I'll be sure to pick this up.

Kidner

#5

Kidner said:

I didnt think that it would get such a good mark before playing it, but I do think it does deserves it. Just one mans opinion though. I'd be interested to hear what other people thought.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#6

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I don't own this, but I have played this and I can confirm it is quite good. It also got a 78% from ONM.

Wiiloveit

#7

Wiiloveit said:

I must say that I played this, and wasn't half as impressed I'm afraid. Sure, some of the mini games aren't that bad, but overall they're pretty damn boring (alongside the story mode). Hudson could have done better.

Stuffgamer1

#8

Stuffgamer1 said:

Gamestop.com still lists this game as "Help Wanted". Is that outdated, or is it still going to be the North American title? I also note that they're getting Konami's help with the publication over here. Can't Hudson publish ANYTHING themselves around here anymore? Either way, the $30 price tag looks pretty sweet. :)

Kidner

#9

Kidner said:

@Wiiloveit
What games (Jobs) didnt you like in particular there were a few like the delivery man which i found to be a bit "klunky" but others like bodybuilding and aerial photgraph were fun while fishing I found myself trying to constantly better my score.

As far as the US name goes I also am under the impression it is going to be called Help Wanted.

Terra

#10

Terra said:

I still won't get this game. It honestly just isn't for me. I have to admit that i was surprised by the score though.

KnucklesSonic8

#13

KnucklesSonic8 said:

I'm gonna give this a try and see where it takes me because I've heard a mixed bag of opinions from a couple people over in Europe (*looks at Wiiloveit) but when it does come here, I'll be sure to rent it. On a side note, at least Hudson came up with a slightly-less-predictable storyline with some humor in it so that's nice to see. I still say that some of the mini-games look/sound lame like the Bodybuilding one but some honestly do sound fun and challenging so with that in mind, I'm willing to give it a shot.

DaBargainHunta

#14

DaBargainHunta said:

I have been intrigued by the concept ever since I first heard about it. Well, I finally got the game tonight, thanks in part to this website's positive review.

So far, so good. I'm really enjoying myself.

BTW, yes, it is called "Help Wanted" in the U.S.

James

#17

James said:

This is quite an old review; we've upped our standards a lot since then!

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