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Guinness World Records - The Video Game
Having bought a Wii console recently, we were on the lookout for some games, though preferably some at a reasonable price which is difficult to find on the Wii. On Amazon, this game sells at nearly £20 new which seems an awful lot for a game of this type, so we decided to leave it, though less than a week later we were in Game Station (which sells second hand games) and we found it on sale for £1.98 reduced from £5 which was a huge saving.
The game is recommended for the age of three plus.
There are 36 mini games which can be played by up to four players with a remote plus numchuck. Although some games do not require the numchuck, you do need one connected to each remote in order to play.
You are also able to play online with this game though I have not done this so can not comment.
There is a wide variety of games which you and your friends can work to in order to unlock more games. It is set out upon a world map in which you walk around to select your games. Each game is a fun world record which you have to try to get the top score. You need to beat a certain score to enable to unlock a new level. There are three games/world records to beat in each place of the world.
Games include such things as the following;
* Breaking melons with your head
* Racing on blow up balls
* Ripping up the phone book
* Eating insects
* Shearing sheep
And many more...
We have not yet finished all the games on this, though the fun of this game is also going back and trying to beat your friends scores. Some of the games are a little boring, though there are many different types of game, each with different levels of difficulty.
Although I am not a huge fan of this game, it is fun to play with youngsters. My little one really likes this though there are some games which are a little difficult for her. Due to this, I would say that the age is better recommended for perhaps five or six plus.
I would certainly not pay £20 for this as compared to many Wii games, it is rather basic, though for the price I paid I am happy with it.
Guiness World Records the video game is a game I am quickly becomming obsessed with it was released in 2008 and has been sitting patiently on my shelf all these years waiting to be played, anyway a couple of weeks ago the time had come. I was looking for a game that would bring my boyfriend away from his ps3 and as he likes a competition I thought this game would be perfect.
The game itself consists of many different mini games 36 in total which are all based on world records here are a few of my favourites:
Worlds longest finger nails - for this game you have to follow a dot on the screen along a line the screen moves and you have got to keep a steady hand in order to follow the line making the nail grow and making sure it does not break. Now this may sound simple but believe me it is not and the first time we played it it had us hooked for 1 hour as we tried to beat each others scores it is definatley a game for the competitive the aim of the game is to beat the world record which is set on your game the thing is once we had done that we made the mistake of updating the world records through the wii wi-fi connection which resulted in us finding that our pathetic score was actually a mear quarter of the most recent world record for this game. But you know what this made us more determined to go on. Once updated the game also tells you the regional reord so you can see the score that others in your area have got it also gives a national score and the the world record. This score system is the same for all the mini games.
Most plungers thrown - here you have to flick the wii remote as quick as you can whilst a lady on a weel spins round for every flick of the remote a plunger comes but you have got to be careful not to hit the lady else it is going to slow down your score. Again this one had us crazely competting to the point where I could do no more because my arm was burning from the flicking action lol.
Most tattooed- On this one you are the tattoo artist and a picture flasehes up and you use your remote to pick your colour and tattoo the picture before the time runs out. This one requires a steady hand and its important to try not to panic as the clock starts ticking this one is a calmer game than the previous one but I still just want to keep playing to be the best.
Fastest time to sheer sheep - Here you have to use your remote to hook and catch a sheep then you have to sheer it and choose another one the quickest score wins.
Most bugs eaten - here you have to capture cockroaches with your remote and then pop it in the persons mouth and shake your nunchuck another arm burner with this one.
These are but a few of the great games available you can play with up to 4 people at a time and can customize the people so everyone has there own player make sure you do this before you start the game though else the characters score will be saved under the name iven to the character and not under your own and you don't want that. I think this game is great for getting people together but beware you will get arm ache. This game can be picked up for as little as £7 online now as it is so old I am just sorry I didn't play it before now 5 stars from me.
Over the couple of years I've had my Wii I've bought many, many games. I've noticed that I don't really like 'sit down' games, the type of games that you would play on say the X-box or PS3 - I think that these games are awkward and fiddly to play with the Wiimote and Nunchuck, they also fail to utilise the unique features of the Wii.
I therefore tend to buy 'doing' and 'moving' games. 'Guinness World Records: The Videogame' is one such game.
It comprises of 36 mini games. Each game is based on an actual record that is featured in the Guinness World Records book. All games involve shaking, twisting, waving or pushing the Wiimote, some games also require the Nunchuck. Some examples of the mini games are...
Most Plungers thrown in one minute - My personal favourite!
You know those entertainment shows where a 'glamorous assistant' is tied to a spinning board and a man in a black cape throws daggers at her?
Well this game is similar, although plungers are thrown instead. You simply hold the Wiimote and throw your arm at the screen, taking care not to hit her.
Most melons crushed in a minute - You are stood in front of a conveyer belt and must use your head to crush the melons that roll past. Holding the Wiimote, you throw your arm up and down when a melon rolls past taking care to hit straight in the middle and not to the sides.
Quickest time to tear 5 phone books - Holding the Wiimote and Nunchuck pointing together you twist them in opposite directions until you see the 'hold' sign. You must then stay still for a few seconds to gain power before pushing the wiimote and nunchuck forwards and backwards as fast as you can to tear it.
Most tattooed person - you have a colour palate (four colours) to the right hand side of the screen and must click on a colour then colour each successive blank pattern as shown (in a small coloured version in the corner of the screen) as fast as you can before the time runs out.
The game starts by selecting your character. There are 8 characters that are all customisable (in the same way as a Mii). You are then transported to the globe. You then walk around the globe to whichever country you choose. There are 12 countries that you can visit - each has three games to play.
Initially, you can only access the first game, but every time you play you earn coins (the amount depends on how well you do). Coins enable you to unlock other games. It is pretty easy to unlock more games; I would say you can do this in an hour or two of play.
Obviously the aim of the game is to break records. When playing you can beat:
Your personal record
Console records (i.e, any record made on your Wii)
Regional record (anyone in your county)
You do this by going online on your Wii - all game records will update, and you will be notified of any records (outside of your console) that you hold. You will also be told if anyone breaks your record.
If your Wii has not been set up for WiFi connection you can check the top ten for each game online at www.guinnessworldrecordsgame.com
Records seem very easy to break at first, but when you update the game you will be very shocked at how high the records are! Most of them are achievable though.
My favourite game - the plunger one - has a world record of 167 plungers thrown in a minute. When I first saw it, I thought it was impossible as I struggled to get more than 65, although after persisting with it I gradually increased my score and now hold the tenth top score in the world!!!
My record of 143 is actually listed on the website. Unfortunately I did this record while on my son's character, so the record holder is actually 'super dude' lol!
I will beat it one day though - Lolly WILL be famous!
Some game scores seem impossible though. For example, the 'quickest time to pop 100 balloons' has a record of around 2 seconds. As the game involves jabbing the remote towards the screen 100 times, I can't believe that this is a genuine record. Maybe they held the remote to a strong vibrator or something, but this record could not be achieved by playing the game as it is intended.
Other than this, I am very happy with the game. Obviously I don't enjoy all 36 games, but everyone has different tastes. Luckily the game has such a large choice that I do believe that there is something for everyone. It is also pretty cool to know that you are the best in your county/country/world at something, so I would definitely recommend it.
If you would like to buy this game, you can find it in most game stores, ebay or amazon. They obviously vary in price, but for an idea of cost, I bought mine on Amazon for £7 around 5 months ago.
Guiness World Records is a good idea for a computer game, but is unfortunately rather poorly executed.
The game is basically a series of mini games that are based around daft world records that feature in the book, including how many telephone directories you can tear in half, how many cockroaches you can eat and how many toilet plungers you can throw at a woman on a spinning board.
The games should be simple to play but unfortunately they're not - the control system proves to be a big let-down. As with many of the cheaper Wii games the controls feel somewhat unresponsive and sometimes poorly thought out - it took us ages to work out how to tear the telephone directories in half!
One good feature of the game is that you can compare your scores with other players in your area and across the world. Using the Wii's net connection you can set your location (nearest city) and the game will alert you if you're approaching your area's highest score or if you get close to breaking a world record.
Ultimately it's a good idea, but the controls mean it's poorly executed.
The guiness book of records has recently jumped on the minigame craze and released this series of games where you try and do crazy things to become a world record holder. There is quite a wide variety of mini games (about 40) and yourself or the whole family can have a go and see who comes out best. They are mostly stunt type games. They are pretty random, like the fastest time to crush a water melon with your head. The game is not limited just to games, you get to 'travel' all over the worl and learn interesting facts and record information about whichever location you end up in. There is an actual chance to end up in the guiness world records as the highest score on this gets published. This game can be played interactively online, if you have the capability to do so. As you play the game you earn coins which you can then use to purchase new games from the shop in the game.
When i first saw that this game was to be released, it was one of those moments where you don't care about the cost, you just want it. I didn't even care what events were to be on it, just the thought of competing in events that are actually in the Guiness Book of Records was fantastic enough for me. When i saw the case on display in my local GAME shop, weeks before it was released, again, i couldn't wait to have it. As i picked up the box and saw the utterly rudiculous games that you could play on there i really couldn't wait; sheep shearing, melon crushing, all sorts of games that you could imagine would be perfect for the Wii.
How dissapointed was i then when we first started to play it. Basically, the idea of the game is to travel all over the globe tackling different records which include the above mentioned as well as pulling an aeroplane, fastest land speed record, highest bmx jump, and popping 100 balloons. The gameplay is fairly easy, but you have to actually play each event 3 or 4 times before the controls become clear. The on-screen instructions are as clear as mud, which is a shame for a game which had so much promise.
After playing the basic events, you can buy new events in each country for money that you accrue from playing the other events.
There is lots of information available if you hover the remote over certain landmarks on the globe that is fairly interesting but not what i bought the game for.
Another downside to the game is that I don't have the Wii set up to go online, so i don't have access to the online account of records that are being set in my area, my country and throughout the world. This is a great feature to that game, and i imagine it gives you something to aspire to, but unfortunately, not for me. I even went on the website of the game to see if they had the records on there but there was nothing. So the game seems a bit pointless now.
All in all, a good game to play with mates if you want to outdo each other at silly events, but the game isn't long-lasting.
Everyones always wanted to be a Guiness World Record holder, and this game gives you the chance to do that. Virtually of course, you won't get your names in the Guiness World Records book, but you might get the top of the local, national or world wide leaderboard.
I think the game is aimed at younger kids, but I'm 23 and had loads of fun with this game, as did my mum and shes 44!
- Gameplay -
The start of the game gives you a chance to create your own character, after which you start on the road to breaking records! There's over 40 mini games available, you only start with a few as you unlock more along your journey around the globe. As you complete the basic games you receive points for doing so, and once you have enough points you can unlock the more advanced games.
The mini games range from ; Sheering the most sheep in 60seconds, Smash the most watermelons using your head. Biggest Bmx jump, which if your good enough see's your character jumping over the Great Wall of China. Highest pogo stick jump, Truck Pull and loads more. Each mini-game requires you to use the Wireless Wii Remote and Nunchuck in different ways, but each new game gives you instructions on how to do so.
Once you've completed a mini-game, it lets you know if you've broken any regional, national or world wide records. It does this by connecting to the Wii Wi-Fi, and updating the leaderboards. Last time I played the game, I had achieved a world record for the highest Pogo jump, but I've probably been beaten by now. :)
The graphics are simple, bright, colourful and fun. The creators even went to meet some actual record holders to include them in the game. Including Lee Redmond who was the woman with the worlds longest fingernails, the longest of her nails was 2ft 11inches long. Unfortunately she was in a car crash in February and has lost all of her nails. Her part in the game is you have to trace all of her fingernails using the Wireless Wii remote, its a fun little game and is just one of many real record breakers that are featured in the game.
- What I thought of the game -
The game is simple and fun to play. The only thing little ones would need help with is connecting to the Wi-Fi connectiity so the leaderboards can be updated. All the controls and actions needed are explained in a simple way for anyone to understand. Multiplayer is great, as you can play up to 4 people, by just passing the Wii remote along to the next person when it's their go. All the mini-games are quick and fun to play, and the chance to get on the online leadboards give you a bit of insentive to play.
The longevity of the game is good, but it might become quite boring for adults to play, younger kids will find hours of amusement from it.
I purchased it for £15 just before Christmas, check out the pre-owned section of your local Gamestation, it might even be a little cheaper than that.
Thanks for reading :)
As a child I used to get a Guinness Book of Records every year for Christmas so I've always been quite interested in the whole idea of the records. When I saw that there was a Videogame dedicated to the records, I could not resist.
The game begins by giving you the option to choose a character which you can customise in a way similar to that of the Miis. Clothes, hair colour, accessories and, of course, name. At this point, I must say, mine looks pretty damn cool. Once you have made the introductions you are straight into the action.
There are around 40 mini-games available to play but you have to 'unlock' them by completing the basic games and earning enough to points to play the more advanced ones. The games are all fairly easy to play but sometimes the instructions are not explained clearly enough and you have to figure it out as you play the game. Which, of course, gives the next player an unfair advantage but, in the grand scheme of things, is not terrible.
The menu you need to use to select the mini-games takes the shape of a globe which your character needs to navigate in order to reach landmarks which then allow you to make your choice. Along the way you are also presented with facts and current world records, which I've found interesting.
Once you have completed a minigame you discover whether you have broken any of the available records. From memory you have Personal Best, Console Best, Regional Records, National Records and finally, World Records. We managed to beat a fair few of these without too much effort but I think when we decide to connect to the site to compare our records to everyone else's well be waaaayyyy down the list. This is a fun game that I would recommend to people with kids as it is fairly easy and it would quickly lose its appeal if only adults were to play it.
As a computer game that is built up of mini-games go, this is not a bad attempt but wii sports or wii play would be a better alternative, especially for adults. However, there is a wide range of games on here that would keep kids entertained for hours on end. Well worth the £10 investment me thinks.
Guinness World Records The Videogame offers players of all ages the opportunity not merely to observe and marvel at the most remarkable things in the world, but actually to participate in them. The Guinness World Records Videogame features 40 amazing world records, based on real life world records ! It will take stamina and skills as you compete against friends, family and the world to break outrageous and crazy records in the only videogame ever to bring record breaking into your living room.