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The Game: This consists of 12 of the world's most popular board and table top games so you will come across ones you know well such as Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Naval Battle (i.e. Battle Ships) and Sudoku and also ones popular in other countries that you might not namely Quattro, Gomoku, Mahjong, Chinese Checkers and Reversi. The games are divided into classic; strategic and family play. There are in-game tutorials which are very helpful if you are not familiar with how to play some of the games. You can play against the computer or against other players. Each game has a scoring system and you can save scores and be try to be High Scores. The top five scores in each game can be recorded. There is also a Jigsaw game whereby you choose a puzzle and then have to grab pieces from the bottom of the screen as they go by and try to place them in the right spot. There is something for everyone. I personally got absolutely addicted to Chinese Checkers and the kids love playing Naval Battle and also Wordcubes where you have to make as many words out of a grid of letters as you possibly can within a 10 minute time limit so this is quite an educational game as it gets them thinking about words and spellings. My Opinion What I really love about this Wii product is that not only is there something there for the whole family to enjoy, but the longevity of the product is endless because it grows with your children. Originally all they would play was battle ships, but then they got interested in WordCubes once they were able to read, write and spell. My son got interested in Chess so he enjoys practising this with his dad and now like me they love chinese checkers whereby you have to move all your coloured balls to the opposite side of a five pointed star before the other players do. We can all play this together so the multiplayer function is great. The one element I was disappointed with was the jigsaw game. I thought this would be great for the kids but the picutures are quite intricate with a lot of the same colouring and the pieces move quite quickly along the bottom so it is incredibly difficult to complete a puzzle and I don't think we ever have because the children get too frustrated and eventually give up. However, I do think this is worth the cost (about £30 when we bought it, but now can be purchased cheaper no doubt) as there are 12 games and although not played with consistently, is always one you can play when you fancy a change from the platform type of games and we go back to this one again and again. In summary hours of fun can be had with this compilation of games. Thanks for reading. x Also on Ciao under ryanellaxx
Ultimate Board Game Collection consists of 12 family friendly "classic" games; Chess, Backgammon, Checkers, Reversi, Mahjong, Sudoku, Gomuku (think connect 4 but with lines of 5 on a square grid), Quattro (connect 4 or connect 3), Jigsaws (pieces run along the bottom of the screen, letting you pick them up and fit them into the frame), Naval Battle (that's battleships then), Chinese Checkers, and Word Cubes (basically a word search with no list of included words), none of which are very exciting. Be under no illusions, this is a budget title. The game has solid, but fairly plain graphics plus pretty uninspiring music (quickly turning to irritating). There are also some issues with accuracy. The Wii remote pointer is used to control everything on screen and when playing you can sometimes hit the wrong thing (I found this especially true when selecting tiles in Mahjong) or have to repeat actions over again (when moving checkers for example). This problem can be circumvented by turning the remote on it's side and using the d pad, but this makes things long winded. On the upside, within each game there's lots of different options, so you can customise it how you like. These include number of players (mostly 4 but chinese checkers has up to 6 and naval battle only 2) which can be controlled by people or the CPU, difficulty (easy, medium, hard), number of rounds (1,2,3) plus extas like "forced take" in checkers. However, the customisation options can't stop this game from being mediocre (at best). For a single player Ultimate Board Game Collection gets very boring very quickly. It's slightly more fun against human opponents, but there's many much, much, much more entertaining multiplayers out there (Mario Kart for instance). To be honest this item has been lurking at the bottom of my games pile for over a year now, and with good reason. To put it bluntly, it's just not that good. So, as an alternative, why not get the family (or invite some friends) round, raid the cupboard where all your actual board games live, and play Connect 4 for real. Better still, Mousetrap. Or Monopoly. The money you saved on not buying this game can be put towards a take-away for the evening, and you will invariably have way more fun!
Ultimate Board Games is another Wii Game that tries to aim itself firmly at the family play market. It comes complete with 12 of the most popular (and common) board games that you can find. Because the concept is pretty simple, the game does try to dress itself up a bit. You can play solo against the computer or 4 people can all play each other simultaneously. You can vary the rules of the different games & change both the backgrounds & the playing pieces to what you'd like. Plus, if you don't know the rules or how to play a sepcific game there are turorials to help you learn. I got this game free with my Wii, so I'm maybe not as critical as if I'd actually paid money for it. It is a fun game to play. It's even more fun with real life opponents. Also, it is very good at what it does. The graphics & sounds are more than functional. Where it comes down is what it is. It's chess or draughts or Ludo on a games console. Yes these games can be fun & this isn't bad value for money if you don't already own the games. However, if you own these board games, do you really need to have them for your wii too? A DS version would make more sense. Portable. Playable in a moving vehicle without the pieces going everywhere. Smaller & Lighter than a travel games set. They could have included online play too, to help bulk it out. Imagine chess tournaments against real people. Alas, not included I can recommend the game if you don't already own the board games that are found inside & if you are into board games. Thing is, if you like board games, you'll probably have these already.