Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Wii Music (Wii)
Member Name: cath_del
Wii Music (Wii)
Advantages: Good variety of instruments
Disadvantages: Gets quite dull after a couple of hours
My family bought the Wii Music game after enjoying all the other games within the Wii series such as the Wii Play or Wii Sports. I thought it would be as good as these other games and similar to the Guitar Hero games but for Wii, but I was really dissapointed as it turns out it is nothing like these games. We paid about £12 for it, and this was way too much for what it actually does.
It's rated for three plus, which is a pretty good age for the game, as most of the things you do throughout are simple and can be understood pretty well by young kids. You can play with up to four people so long as you have the Wii remotes and nunchucks, so it can be a good game for families who love music. But this game also makes good use of the Balance Board unlike other Wii games which just use the remotes, by letting you use it when you play the drums to simulate the foot pedals.
The controls are pretty simple on this game, where you just simulate the instruments that you play and follow the relatively simple movements. There is the guitar type, trumpet type, violin type and percussion type - which you can each play throughout the game and you play them similarly to how you would in reality. Also, if you have played the previous games such as Guitar Hero, you will most definitely find them to simple and repetitive.
There are around sixty instruments and include the most popular ones such as guitar and drums to other less common ones such as the harp and marracas. The variety was great and it did give you a lot to choose from.
There are quite a few features to Wii music and different modes. There is the jam section, where you can just pick your instrument and play whatever you feel like or Custom jam where you can pick a preset song and play along to that. The preset songs are quite well known and contain songs such as Daydream Believer and Super Mario Bros theme tune. Throughout this mode there are different levels of difficulty on the instruments, so your whole family will be able to play experienced or not. But the game does have an element of keeping you wanting to play, as you do unlock more songs and stages as you go along.
This game definitely does get better with friends, as there are a few games you can play. There is Handbell Harmony, which is my personal favourite of them all, and you can play with up to four people. It reminds me a bit of Guitar Hero as you have to hit the handbells when the notes pass the bar. My second favourite is the Open Orchestra, as instead of playing the instruments you conduct the music with up to two people.
If you just want to have a feel of the instruments, you can also use the Lessons mode where you can practice and play around with all the instruments. Also, with the WiFi connection, you can also create music videos with your instruments and send them to your friends Wiis.
The game itself gets really repetitive and boring, and within some of the songs the instruments do not even match the track itself. I don't think you could play this game for more than a few hours really as ours has collected dust pretty much since the day after we bought it.
Overall, I would say this game would probably appeal more to those who love music and experimenting with it, rather than people who prefer gaming. The abilities are quite varied on it, however I grew tired of it within about two hours, although someone who loves music could play it for hours. I would say if you ever consider getting the game, then only consider it for a young child who would have fun just messing around with the instruments.
Summary: I didn't enjoy this game at all but I would reccomend it to people who love music