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Trenches Generals (WiiWare)

Trenches Generals (WiiWare)

Fun with guns or suicide mission?

The blood. The smoke. The little exploding cartoon men. War is Hell. Recreating the feel of battle with a cartoony spin is Trenches Generals, the latest spin on the tower defence subgenre, updated from the recent iOS version for WiiWare with updated AI, levelling-up system, content and more. But is this an explosive experience, or should you throw it away like a..

Aya and the Cubes of Light (WiiWare)

Aya and the Cubes of Light (WiiWare)

A game with gravity

If there's one system on the landscape of modern gaming that has an abundance of quality 2D platformers with a novel twist, it's the Wii. Kirby's Epic Yarn, And Yet It Moves, Donkey Kong Country Returns, New Super Mario Bros. Wii – all superb side-scrollers that mix the classic play mechanic of precision movement in an...

Flight Control (WiiWare)

Flight Control (WiiWare)

Near miss

The secret of Flight Control's incredible success on iOS devices was that it was perfectly suited to the platform it launched on. It very simply transposed the immediacy of direct touch controls that iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch benefit from within a game that is superficially nothing more than drawing lines on a screen. Yet the key phrase you should take from this is "direct touch..

Kyotokei (WiiWare)

Kyotokei (WiiWare)

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Horizontal shoot 'em ups have become quite scarce in recent years, even on the WiiWare and DSiware services, so when one does pop up from time to time, fans of the genre tend to sit up and take notice. With Kyotokei, Microforum have crafted a fairly basic shoot 'em up that borrows heavily from such classic...

Monochrome Racing (WiiWare)

Monochrome Racing (WiiWare)

Unintelligent design

One of the best modes in the Micro Machines games was undoubtedly “Head-To-Head”, in which the goal was to reach the furthest edge of the screen while pushing an opponent to the opposite side. The balance of risk and reward resulted in a nail biting play experience where one mistake would cost you dearly, the most talented players always taking home the gold medal..

Burn the Rope (WiiWare)

Burn the Rope (WiiWare)

A game that'll rope you in

Step one: create a simple, fun and addictive activity. Step two: throw in an interesting twist. Step three: build on that foundation with something that adds variation and challenge while channelling the essence of what makes it fun. These are the steps to making a great puzzle game, and it's that first task at which many developers fail, making new, original ones appear..

Successfully Learning German: Year 5 (WiiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 5 (WiiWare)

Erledigt

The final outing for the Successfully Learning German WiiWare series is now among us and it's business as usual for the Tivola-developed edutainment tool. As with earlier entries, Year 5 makes no attempts to actively teach participants anything new, instead providing interactive exercises for students of a particular level to practice the language skills they've gained in the classroom..

Bobby Carrot Forever (WiiWare)

Bobby Carrot Forever (WiiWare)

At last

Few titles have successfully combined the puzzler and adventure genres like Chip's Challenge and its ilk. Bobby Carrot Forever is one such derivative, removing the Sokoban-influenced box-pushing and building on a foundation of collectible items and manually-set traps. But is it good enough to make you hop or would Bobby have been better off as stew? Our hero has found himself in a dream..

Just JAM (WiiWare)

Just JAM (WiiWare)

Your own personal mixing board

Although the music/rhythm genre has fizzled a bit recently, we are still seeing a few releases here and there. And while Just JAM is nowhere nearly as deep or engaging as a Guitar Hero or Rock Band title, it does put quite a bit of musical direction in the palm of your hands via the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, but with a lack of recognisable tunes and far less freedom of..

Successfully Learning German: Year 4 (WiiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 4 (WiiWare)

A dezent learning tool

As the overall level of education across the world rises, the pool of talented young people becomes much deeper, wider and more competitive. Consequently we've seen a general increase in home tutors, after school classes and educational software. Of this latter method of out-of-school learning, very few have the capacity to grab the attention of the participant with a true..

3D Pixel Racing (WiiWare)

3D Pixel Racing (WiiWare)

Even the pixels can't save this one

Long-time gamers have a unique love affair with the pixelated visual style of yesteryear, so it comes as no real surprise to see developers like Silicon Studio, creators of PlayStation 3 game 3D Dot Game Heroes, have success melding the nostalgic look of pixelated sprites with the modern visual capabilities of...

ANIMA: Ark of Sinners (WiiWare)

ANIMA: Ark of Sinners (WiiWare)

Time to repent

Recent history in the WiiWare platform hasn’t seen an over-abundance of must-have, exciting releases. There is little surprise, then, that the release of ANIMA: Ark of Sinners was met with some optimism. With trailers giving an impression of an old-school Castlevania style of gameplay, a lot of gamers’ interests were piqued. The...

Big Town Shoot Out (WiiWare)

Big Town Shoot Out (WiiWare)

John Marston died in vain

You're stuck in traffic on a rainy day. Positioning yourself between the cars ahead and behind you, avoiding collision with the merging vehicles, occasionally reading street signs; these things don't require skill so much as a sort of passive awareness. It's not your first time in traffic. You know the drill. It's a test of patience – not because it's difficult, but..

Successfully Learning German: Year 3 (WiiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 3 (WiiWare)

Hier gehen wir wieder

By now you probably have a fairly good grasp on whether or not Tivola's array of educational games is for you, and Successfully Learning German: Year 3 does absolutely nothing to change the series template. If you're still desperately grappling with the language then this second instalment of Wii-based linguistic training might come in handy. If you've not tackled a game in..

Snail Mail (WiiWare)

Snail Mail (WiiWare)

Not quite worth its salt

It's a fact: the postal service in is at a crossroads. In many regions, it can't even stay afloat. Email has replaced letter writing, bills are paid online, and even physical packages are being trusted more and more frequently to privately-owned couriers. So how can the postal service become profitable again? By raising rates? By downsizing? By cutting out weekend..

Successfully Learning German: Year 2 (WiiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 2 (WiiWare)

Nicht so toll

Tivola's continued attempts to teach the world basic mathematic and linguistic skills continues apace with Successfully Learning German: Year 2, marking another appearance from vampire Freddie, the world's least qualified teaching assistant. If you've played a previous Successfully Learning game you'll know what to expect, but if not here's the quick run-down. There are ten categories..

FAST - Racing League (WiiWare)

FAST - Racing League (WiiWare)

FAST and furious

It's been a long time since the last F-Zero game. The last one to make its way to the West, F-Zero GP Legend, was released outside Japan in 2003, and we haven't heard a word from the series since, other than its character inclusions in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. While we wait for Nintendo to finally announce something, we're more than...

Overflow (WiiWare)

Overflow (WiiWare)

Say it ain't flow

Overflow is possibly the most frustrating game you'll play all year. You'll be frustrated at the countless times you'll fail a level for reasons you don't even understand; you'll be frustrated at the finicky pointer controls that you're forced to use; you'll be frustrated at the camera, which doesn't always scroll up and down as quickly as it should; but most of all, you'll be..

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix (WiiWare)

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix (WiiWare)

Don't give up the ghost

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix. You really only have to read the title to figure out who the intended audience is for this game: younger gamers. Kids. And that's not intended to be a jab, by the way; gamers often use the “kids’ game” moniker as a way of implying shallow game design, but that's not an entirely...

MDK2 (WiiWare)

MDK2 (WiiWare)

Maniacal. Deadly. Killer.

If we had to sum up Interplay's MDK2 in one word, we would choose "old-school." With a silly sense of humour, unforgiving difficulty and enough bullets to take down a small country — or in this case, alien invasion — MDK2 is a "game for gamers" through and through. And while it shows its age a...