Eledees for the Wii is a really cute and fun, but amazingly odd little video game. It was bought for a child who is obsessed with light bulbs, because this strange game is all about running around zapping eledees to turn the lights back on in a house. It really is quite a bizarre little idea - but it works for me all the same.
Eledees are just little blobs which represent electricity units. They squeal and rush around in the game, while you (the player) try to hunt them down. It's not a cruel game, I like that there's no violence involved. The eledees aren't being killed, just zapped back into the light bulbs!
There are quite a few different movement controls involved in this game, including mastering opening and closing doors (twisting and pulling while holding a button down) and using both the nunchuck and Wiimote simultaneously to navigate. It's surprising just how tricky some of these are considering how childish the game concept is.
I don't think this is intended for little kids though, I think this is intended for those who are little kids at heart. The nine and ten year old gamers who are a dab hand at most games but enjoy a bit of fun sometimes, or those who play as part of a family with younger kids looking on. The child this was bought for isn't able to do much beside the training practices in this, as he's not quick enough to complete any of the levels. But he really enjoys watching us adults play, and he can participate by shouting "quick, there's one over there - zap it!" and such like.
I wouldn't say the graphics in this game are superb but I do think they're perfectly decent. The Eledees in the actual game don't look like they do on the front cover - they're just miniature blobs. But the details in the rooms in the house are good, and I like that the game is easy to move around. Sometimes 360 degrees games have a lot of blind spots in them, but this one seems to be pretty well designed.
I think the main appeal in this game is that it's a game of skill. It's a game which constantly challenges you because you never know where the next Eledee will be hiding, you have to rush around (against the clock) trying to find them all - then zap them quickly before they get away from you. As you progress through the levels, the requirements get trickier and trickier. You have to start turning on electrical appliances and unlocking doors to find Eledees, and you score different points depending on the state you zap the Eledee in (eg asleep or panicked).
This game sells on ebay for around a fiver or is available new from Amazon for only £11.99. I think that's a pretty fair price for this game. In story mode you'll find you complete this in seven or eight sittings (if you're an experienced gamer - in fact the super experienced may manage in less), but the game doesn't have to stop once completed. There's editing to do once you've unlocked the levels, plus you get graded on how well you do in each level and you can try and beat that by playing again.
Being the first Wii game i played, maybe i have a secret bias towards it, but this game is fun!
After some sort of electrical failure, you job is to capture "eledees" and restore electricity back. eledees are little cute shy creatures and to capture them you have to aim to Wii control at them and shoot them, which captures them. Things, naturally, arent as simple as point at them and clicking however.
As i said earlier on, all eledees, or most of them, are shy creatures, so they hide. so in order to find them, you have to move objects out of the way. This is shockingly fun. to move things out the way, you aim the wii control at them and click and drag. this can allow you to throw stuff out of the way, from as little as a book, to as big as a bed! There is something very satisfying about going into a room and destroying it looking for cute little creatures.
The bad things about this game is that, this is all you do. and it gets repetitive, fast. But, get it cheap and this is all cool, because it is a really fun game, and playing multiplayer is a blast!
I bought this game second hand for around £5 for that price I wasn't expecting much and it was very much an impulse buy so I was wondering if I would regret it. The front packaging looks really child like and a little amateur but to my surprise it is the most addictive game ever!
Basically throughout the game you are the child of two scientists who disappear off to solve some sort of problem. You are left home alone with your fathers capture gun. You are given full rein of the house with each room being a different level. In order to proceed through the game you use the capture gun (your wiimote) to catch the eledees who are well hidden in plant pots, on shelves in cupboards under beds etc. Once caught the eledees let off some kind of energy which allow you to move objects around and eventually have enough energy to power radios, microwaves and just general household electrical items. Once these are powered they release lot of eledees enabling you to advance through the game further. The entire search for the eledees mean you pretty much get to trash the house whilst searching for them! You can toss certain pieces of furniture aside creating a trail of destruction. There's something strangely satisfying about being able to do this! The game gets notably harder as you advance through the levels but remains great fun throughout.
The controls are really fiddly to start with. Because of this I would not recommend this game for younger children. You need a pretty steady hand with this game but I find this typical of wii games where you use the wiimote. This is definitely a one person game in my mind (although more players can be added) I can't see it being any more fun with others to play this with you.
This is the most addictive game I own, the graphics are great throughout, the levels are easy to navigate through and onscreen instructions are clear and easy to understand.
I definitely recommend this game.
This game is great fun, and very family friendly. You wander around your character's house, using the Wiimote to collect up stray elebits, cute little eletricity-creatures. You also use your Wiimote to pick up and move around various household items, turn on electronic equipment, and collect special creatures that let you pick up heavier items.
Levels require you to collect a set amount of elebits in a limited amount of time. Some levels also set a limit on how much noise you can make, while you trash the family home searching for these creatures.
The elebits hide behind and under everything in the house, and scurry back into hiding, once revealed.
The user interface is pretty intuitive and child-friendly, and the story is without violence or danger. I guess you might worry that spending time on a video game picking up everything you can lift and throwing it over your shoulder while you look for tiny weird creatures *might* give your children bad habits, but let's hope they can tell video games from real life!
I really enjoyed this game, and found it very playable. Like many wii games, it is amenable to short bursts of play.
As a fan of kid's games this one really appealed to me! The cover reminded me of an old Gamecube game called Pikmin which I absolutely loved and so I was drawn to it.
The game is based around a world brimming with small brightly coloured creatures that give off a mystical type of energy. These creatures live in harmony with the people of the world until a mysterious lightening strike cause the power to go out and the Eledees to act strangely.
This is where the central character (Kai) comes in. Kai's parents are scientists who study the Eledees (or Elebits as they are known everywhere other than the UK) and as such seem to spend more time with them than they do with him. Kai resents the Eledees and when his parents leave him to go and investigate their strange behaviour he is less than happy. He decides to use one of his parent's inventions - the capture gun to collect all of the Eledees in the house.
The game play involves shooting at the Eledees and harnessing their energy, the more Eledees you capture the greater number of things you can do, from turning on electrical goods to moving furniture. Eledees are hidden in a variety of places and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, don't be fooled some of them may even fight back. The Eledees moods can effect their wattage and various items hidden within the levels have different effects making them easier to catch or more powerful. Each level has something new and the beauty of the Wii format is the flexibility in movement meaning objects can be twisted shaken or even throw.
Not all Eledees can be captured and as the game goes on more and more sinister Eledees pop up in "boss" challenges that vary in difficulty. I have yet to finish the game and have had hours and hours of enjoyable gameplay in both single player story mode and in multi-player mode where up to four people can try to capture as many Eledees as they can. The more you play the more new modes you can unlock (especially if you manage to capture the very elusive pink mouse like Eledee- there are three in each level)
The animation type story telling between the levels is almost beautifully done and the beginning tutorials are very helpful indeed. The levels cover the whole of Kai's world and are almost as bright and imaginative as the Eledees themselves.
The only downside to this game is its repetitive nature, not from level to level but I'm sure even the most experienced game player may need to repeat the more difficult levels in which noise or destruction is recorded and cannot exceed a certain amount. Overall a very fun and interesting game that combines a shoot-em-up with a kids puzzle game- perfect if like me you enjoy the odd challenge that's not full of death or destruction.
This game is known as Eledees in the UK, but Elebits everywhere else. I have no idea why they felt to change the name just for us, but there you go!
I won't explain all of the weird and whimsical 'storyline' surrounding this game - really, who needs them?! - but the basic premise is that the eledees create electricity. They have escaped and in various levels you have to round them up again using a capture gun. In practise this means pointing your Wii remote at them and pressing the A button.
As well as moving around the levels you also move items to find the eledees' hiding places. You have time limits and also other limits such as not making a noise or not being attacked by eledees or other items in the level that will shoot you. These targets increase as you progress through the game. You start each level only being able to lift small items; as you collect eledees you get enough electricity to power electrical items, and switching these items on give you more power. As with many games, this probably won't make all that much sense until you actually sit down to play.
This is an original and 'cifferent' game, one that I thoroughly enjoyed. The levels are beautifully designed and laid out. My only criticisms would be the 'boss' levels, as the bosses require new and unexplained techniques to beat and you have to pretty much find them by trial and error, and the storyline that you have to sit through between levels. Other than that it's a good game
Eledees known to us in the UK some other parts the game is known as Elebits. Eledees is a game about a child who wishes electricity was gone so his parents would spend more time with him instead of working the kid does not realize that his TV or anything in the house would work.
You will forget the story and really you could make up your own if you wanted now I'll carry on explaining the game
Now this leaves you to find the electricity which are called Eledees now you this gun with you go around the house and fire at the Eledees. It is a game of hide and seek you go around picking up objects around the house with this gun which is pretty fun. The controls are really good for the Wii and offers the Wii's full use of the control system. You will be timed to do each stage.
The main problems with this game is the music which sounds like it is looped over and over which you get tired of hearing it. Then the voice acting is terrible they just sound like robots and have no feeling to the words in what they are saying.
The control system is easy you use the nunchuck to move around the place and the Wii remote is where you aim, shoot and move objects around open doors. The controls are just easy to get around and sometimes work well.
The graphics seem a bit blocky like in rooms and equipment but it does not really seem to matter as the game is still good to play.
It's worth checking out which i would only pay about up to £19.99 thats all the game is worth. This was a Wii launch title and it showed how good the Wii control system was but as i said it's worth a look at.
Also known as Eledees in the UK.
--- What is it about? --
Eledees are not what you might expect. I often wander just what those minds at Nintendo will come up with next as each Wii game I pick up gets stranger and stranger. Eledees is very Japanese and involves wandering a house that has been plunged into darkness by a powercut and you play a young boy left alone by his scientist parents who rush off to their lab where they are studying these strange descended from space Eledee critters. Eledees are small snoozy creatures that appear to be about the size of a large hamster and come in variety of shapes and colours, each is worth a set amount of credits when caught and some of the more brightly coloured are used to upgrade your catching thingy. As you catch more and more of them you are able to use the credits that mount up as volts of power to switch on different things in the house which release the brightly coloured upgrade Eledees.
-- Controls --
You seem to have got your hands on a strange catching device which is designed especially for catching them which is kind of handy. This is your connection with the game world, controlled using the Wii remote in connection with the Nunchuck. You can point and pan by aiming the remote at the screen and gentley moving in each direction and you can use the nunchuck to move about by using the joystick. The remote is also used to turn things over by twisting it and the occasional shake is needed to. The C button here allows you to strech up to see over things and the Z button crouches down. As with all games this takes a little getting used to be soon becomes second nature. The remote/catcher thing shoots a beam out which can be used to zap in the Eledees as well as interact with the world, this is done by using the A or B buttons, you choose.
-- Gameplay --
The purpose of the game is to catch the critters and there are a lot of them, its a bit like hide and seek as they hide, in, under and behind various things around the house. You start off in the boys bedroom where you first need to catch enough Eledees to turn on the lights, TV and computer amongst other things. Some Eledees are sleeping and others run about when you point the remote and press and hold the A/B button on an object and move it. Then zap em with the catcher zapper thing. Not to hard really although some objects are to heave to move in the beginning so as you look around the room you find electical objects will be marked with a number of volts to turn them on. Collect enough credits/volts by catching the numberous critters and you can then turn on the electrical gadgets which release a shower of the brightly coloured upgrade Eledees. Zap enough of these and your catcher will upgrade which means you can then move heavier objects.
With this in mind you should be able to get a picture of the rest of the game. Each level is a room, filled with hidden critters, find the light objects you can move, catch whats hiding to be able to turn on other objects which allow you to upgrade the catcher to move bigger objects and so on. You have a set amount of volts you need to complete each level and a time limit in which to do it. Pretty straight forward really.
Each new level means starting the upgrade process again which is annoying so it turns each level into a kind of puzzle I guess. Once a level is completed you can then edit it in the edit mode and play a kind of score challenge which adds some replay to the game but to be honest I haven't looked into this yet.
-- Graphics --
Pretty basic really, boxy and simple with almost solid colouring and limited shading, would have been nice to see more realistic effects used on a next gen title.
-- Sound --
Simple music which isn't that annoying which is good for a rather Japanese game although its oftern drowned out by the squeaking Eledees and the crashing as you throw stuff about looking for them. OK effects nothing to special.
-- Conclusion --
This is a fairly simple game aimed at young ones really although amusement can be had from trashing rooms by throwing everything about. So not to challenging although trying to find enough Eledees to get the volts to turn something on gets a bit tedious after a while and although its an interesting idea it doesn't really have enough variety to make you want to keep playing after a couple of trashed rooms. I'm assuming that you will encounter different types of Eledees the further through the game you get that do other things but the game doesn't have enough about it to entice me further so back to the store it will go. If I had kids about the place it might stay around for another week.