December 2009 Archives

The Wii is widely regarded as THE family console and quite rightly the games companies do their level best to deliver games that fit the bill.

Last year EA released a compendium of classic Hasbro games in Wii format.

This year they have added some more games in the mix for a new bout of family fun.

The offerings this time around are Operation, Bop It, Jenga, Connect 4 and Connect 4x4, and Pictureka.

Using the Wii-mote to extract things from the body is perfect and using it for Bop It feels almost as good as the real thing.

All of the games play reasonably well with good graphics good invention.

The family game show round at the end hosted by Mr Potato Head is inspired and a nice touch to an already solid format.

One of the biggest surprises to land on my doorstep in recent weeks, and you should have seen my daughter's mobile phone bill!

I hadn't seen this game on the release schedule but rarely have I seen the kids happier playing a game.

My little 3-year-old's eyes lit up when she saw the cover of this game.

And the delight didn't end there for her.

The game that lets you draw your own characters in any way you like is back again.

Whatever character you create with your stylus is the one you guide through the game - brilliant.

You can make the characters as insane as you want and really let your imagination run wild.

The graphics are fun, the levels are nicely designed and the concept is excellent.

Advanced creation tools make this a must buy for fans of the first game.

We have come a long way since the initial Lego Star Wars game that took the gaming world by storm.

Further incarnations have targeted Star Wars again, Batman, Indiana Jones and next up young Harry Potter.

If you have played the first two games you will love this game.

But you will still love it even if you haven't! The game is very easy to pick up and play and it is a lot of fun and very amusing.


Steve Wollaston

Steve Wollaston - Sunday Mercury games reviewer Steve has been writing about video games for donkey's years. In fact he is probably far too old for it now which is why you will see a lot of reviews been done by kids... He has been nominated three times for Regional Games Journalist Of The Year at the Games Media Awards, but never wins. His major love is sports games and rates Sensible World of Soccer circa 90's as the greatest game ever made - closely followed by Championship Manager 2. Skyrim has currently taken over his life.

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