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Sandy Beach (WiiWare)

Sandy Beach (WiiWare)

Hopefully that’s just sand in your pants and not crabs…

Konami is well known in the gaming world and is a much larger game company than the typical WiiWare studio. With their resources, a simple budget title should be something they could throw together in a weekend. Unfortunately, Sandy Beach (developed by Frozen Codebase and published by Konami) looks and feels exactly like a game that was..

Tiki Towers (WiiWare)

Tiki Towers (WiiWare)

Will Tiki Towers build Wiiware to new heights or crash under its own weight?

Some might see this jungle themed construction game as a bit of a cash in on the success of World of Goo. After all, both games command you to get from point A to point B by building a structure. However, this is where the similarities end. For starters, the structures are more conventional here and resemble traditional..

Fun! Fun! Minigolf (WiiWare)

Fun! Fun! Minigolf (WiiWare)

So much fun they named it twice, but it is really up to par?

Wii Sports golf - which, lest we forget, comes bundled for free with the Wii console - offers a taste of what playing golf with a Wii Remote can be like. However, with only nine holes and a clunky putting mechanism that can often feel inaccurate, the game is just not satisfying enough to capture the hearts and minds of hardcore putters..

Niki - Rock 'n' Ball (WiiWare)

Niki - Rock 'n' Ball (WiiWare)

Not completely on the ball

This second WiiWare release from Bplus is a bit of a departure from their "everything-and-the-kitchen-sink" debut outing Plättchen, attempting to recapture some arcade magic via simple goals and score attacking. Whilst the presentation and controls do the job, odd choices in level design and lacklustre gameplay leave us feeling a bit underwhelmed. There's a..

Big Kahuna Party (WiiWare)

Big Kahuna Party (WiiWare)

Is WiiWare puzzler Big Kahuna Party a beach party or a shipwreck?

Big Kahuna Party is a "match-three" game in the style of Bejeweled. This style of play has been around for a while now and there is not much left to add to the genre, though this doesn’t mean there isn’t room in your collection for a fun variation on the theme. So is Big Kahuna Party worth a try? To its credit, Big..

Strong Bad Episode 5 - 8-Bit is Enough (WiiWare)

Strong Bad Episode 5 - 8-Bit is Enough (WiiWare)

Strong Bad goes 8-bit in the final installment of the SBCG4AP series

Dry those tears, folks - it’s finally time for the last episode of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People! Surely they’ve saved the best for last? At the very least, they do tie up some loose ends. For example, we’ve seen a broken Trogdor arcade cabinet in the last four episodes, which finally comes into play when..

Bruiser & Scratch (WiiWare)

Bruiser & Scratch (WiiWare)

Does Steel Penny Games debut WiiWare puzzler have that Naughty Dog magic?

It seems only natural that a game being developed by former members of such an accomplished developer as Naughty Dog would garner some serious hype when it's announced. While it's always nice for a developer to get some type of recognition ahead of time, it can also prove to...

Hockey Allstar Shootout (WiiWare)

Hockey Allstar Shootout (WiiWare)

Nevermind hitting the post, this "allstar" barely makes it onto the rink

It's easy to see why hockey fans will feverishly download Hockey Allstar Shootout. The only alternatives for Wii-toting rink rats are a half-baked port and a few crude NES classics that you had to play back in the day to appreciate now (Blades of Steel and Ice Hockey, in case you were wondering). So, you have to sympathize..

Bang Attack (WiiWare)

Bang Attack (WiiWare)

Will Engine Software’s WiiWare debut give you much bang for your buck?

Bang Attack is a puzzle game involving hammers, fruit and other random objects. The concept is very simple. Your screen is loaded with refilling objects: fruit on the first level, seaside objects on the second level, etc. To clear the objects from the screen you must “hammer them” by pointing at them and pressing the..

Pit Crew Panic! (WiiWare)

Pit Crew Panic! (WiiWare)

Is Hudson's crazy pit crew game a hit or is it the just the pits?

Pit Crew Panic! marks the sixth WiiWare release from Hudson and easily their most unique release to date. While the title of the game would lead you to believe that you're in for a little auto racing pit crew action, you'll quickly find that you're in for a very different pit crew experience altogether. Instead of whipping tires on..

Sudoku Challenge! (WiiWare)

Sudoku Challenge! (WiiWare)

This WiiWare puzzler truly sticks "by the numbers"

Although books of Sudoku puzzles can be found at your local dollar store, the 100 million puzzles promised in this game will set you up for life and should be enough to tempt any Sudoku fan. But is the game as fun with a Wii Remote as it is with a pencil? For those who don’t know, Sudoku is a relatively new, but extremely popular, puzzle game..

Boingz (WiiWare)

Boingz (WiiWare)

Does Boingz offer enough unique ideas to stand out from the crowd?

With the recent success of such innovative titles as World of Goo and the Art Style series, it comes as no surprise to see yet another unique offering pop up on the WiiWare service. Boingz takes the simple Wii Remote-friendly gameplay idea of stretching and flicking and attempts to build an addictive experience around it. But in an..

Cue Sports: Snooker Vs Billiards (WiiWare)

Cue Sports: Snooker Vs Billiards (WiiWare)

Will Hudson’s Cue Sports have you cueing-up to buy it or leave you snookered?

Hudson’s Cue Sports aims to add a degree of fresh realism in contrast to Gameloft’s Midnight Pool, which is a much more light-hearted affair. Will its boast of Wi-Fi support and extensive game modes give it the edge as the definitive cue sports game on WiiWare? The main mode and attraction of Cue Sports has to be..

Target Toss Pro: Bags (WiiWare)

Target Toss Pro: Bags (WiiWare)

This is one cornhole you might want to take a closer look at!

Nintendo’s Wii Remote is truly a marvellous thing. With it you can throw a ball, swing a bat, slash with a sword, or shoot a gun. It can even make even bland, boring games more enjoyable. Thank goodness for the Wii Remote, because it makes games like Target Toss Pro: Bags not only playable, but also fun. Target Toss Pro is based on a..

Strong Bad Episode 4 - Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective (WiiWare)

Strong Bad Episode 4 - Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective (WiiWare)

Is Dangeresque 3 another box office hit?

The time has arrived - after 4 years, one of the most anticipated Strong Bad-related things is finally here! In Dangeresque 3, the sequel to Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque, Too? and Dangeresque 2: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque 1, you once again need to search for clues and talk to various characters to advance the plot. This time, though, you don’t really..

Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam (WiiWare)

Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam (WiiWare)

Is this Cooking Jam crummy rather than yummy?

Cooking is certainly not what you would consider a common theme among video games, but with the success of Cooking Mama it would seem that the unique control functions of the Wii Remote would lend themselves heavily to the type of gameplay you'd expect from a cooking simulation. Having said that, those who are expecting a standard cooking experience..

Space Invaders Get Even (WiiWare)

Space Invaders Get Even (WiiWare)

Finally the roles are reversed and those fiendish Space Invaders can get their own back!

After the excellent Space Invaders Extreme, released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of original arcade game of Space Invaders in 1978, it seemed that Taito had finally brought the franchise back after a series of half hearted cash-ins and remakes over the...

Brain Challenge (WiiWare)

Brain Challenge (WiiWare)

It's time to dust off the old grey matter and challenge your brain

If a WiiWare review can be judged on the sheer amount of notes taken then Brain Challenge deserves an award. We tried hard to fit everything on two sheets of A4 and still failed. While essentially being a copy-cat of Nintendo’s immensely popular Brain Age games; Brain Challenge is a comprehensive package that should not be..

Alien Crush Returns (WiiWare)

Alien Crush Returns (WiiWare)

Crushing nefarious xenomorphs with your trusty pinball - welcome to the gloriously deranged world of Alien Crush Returns

Over the years, the original Turbografx-16 Alien Crush title has become quite the cult favourite among classic game fans, so it certainly comes as no surprise that Hudson's decided to give this classic a fresh new look and feel in...

Art Style: Rotohex (WiiWare)

Art Style: Rotohex (WiiWare)

Is this hexagonal puzzler a welcome addition to the Art Style series?

The one constant of the three Art Style games that have seen release on the WiiWare service so far has been their simplicity. There are no fancy visuals, no epic musical tracks, and no complicated play control schemes to tarnish the "less is more" theme of these unique puzzlers. Rotohex is the third release in this..