For me this is a perfect example of what the Nintendo Wii is great at, simple idea, great gameplay, intuitive control system. Result = great game!
The premise is quite simply to tilt the landscape to roll your little blob of mercury to its destination. The game is split into hundreds of levels, each with its own puzzles, mazes, traps etc to navigate. There are also little baddies dotted around who will try to eat you occasionally.
The graphics are colourful and effective, but never get themselves tangled up in over elaborate detail or 3Dness.
The gameplay is very addictive, you find yourselve always wanting to go just one more level.
The music and sound effects are good, music never gets repetetive (good thing given how long you end up playing) with a seemingly endless rotation of songs and genres. I also love the sad noise your mercury makes when it falls of the edge.
The control system is perfect, easy to pick up yet tricky to master. You forget your actually holding a remote your so engrossed.
So why not 5 out of 5? I've given a 4 for a few simple reasons, mainly more features that could have been included:
- Multiplayer play? OK its not essential in a game like this but would be fun
- Option to play your own music in game via memory card? Would be perfectly suited to the hours of gameplay
- On line features? Again not essential, but surely theres potential there.
Hopefully these will be included in the sequel!
Overall an entertaining, genuinely fun game thats definetly worth investing in.