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The one and only reason why wii play came to be in my possession was that when we bought our wii it came with one remote. At the time of purchase obviously we wanted to play games together and so we purchased wii play as it was a party game which also came with a remote included in the pack making it a good option. This is my review of the game.
The game features nine different games which I guess you would say are mini games which are ideal to be played when you don't want to get weighed down by an intense game with lots of story and just want a quick game on the wii. For many of the games you are able to use your own mii character integrated in to the game which my son just loves as he finds it fun that the character he made to supposedly look like him is there in the game. Another good feature with this game is that two players can play the game together as the screen will just split as you play together which is really handy for when you have people round and want a go on the wii.
What I like about the game too is that the game keeps scoreboards for each of the games and so you are aware of how many points you scored last time or what the score to beat is. My son takes great pleasure in beating my score when he can on the games!
The graphics on the game are fine, they are simple and are never going to compare to something like Super Mario Galaxy but I don't think many people who would be playing this game would expect it to live up to something such as that. It is a simple game, with simple graphics which are more than acceptable as far as I am concerned.
The games are really simple to play because you are pretty much just using the A or B buttons on the wii and turning the remote and such like so there isn't too much scope to get confused on many of the games which is good for non gamer such as myself! Within each game there is some kind of wii "lesson" if you will in that each game is designed to develop your use of the remote, especially if you are a beginner. Despite my son being ok with the remote we do still enjoy playing some of the games on this disk though.
Game 1: Shooting range
This is a basic shoot and point game but it is actually one of my favourite games on the disk. You go through various mini levels on this game where you have to shoot disks, cans and finally alien space ships as they try and run away with your mii! You score bonus points for hitting ducks or bonus disks with your opponent's mii on them. This is a fun game which is actually really good for developing aim on the screen which is obviously an important thing you need to be able to do when using a wii remote. The player with the most points is obviously the winner at the end of the game.
Game 2: Find mii
This is another game which my son and I like to play when we are having a go on this game. Basically there are line ups with various miis, some of which are moving or going up escalators and you are asked to find certain miis. At the start this is quite easy but obviously as you progress it becomes more difficult and as you are doing this against a timer it can become quite frantic as you try and spot them! My son is pretty good at this game and I think it helps to develop observation skills in a fun way so I am happy for him to play this one.
Game 3: Table Tennis
This is not really a game that my son and I play very often purely because we are both totally rubbish at it! The aim of the game is simple in that you need to return the ball as many times as possible to your opponent much like in table tennis. The aim here is that you will start to use the wii remote accurately whilst moving it.
Game 4: Pose mii
Again this is a game designed to help with movement of the wii remote and you will find that you have miis floating down the screen in bubbles and you have to use the wii remote to adjust their position to that matching the main bubble on the screen. We don't really play this game very often either to be honest as it isn't a favourite of ours.
Game 5: Laser Hockey
You play this game much like air hockey in an arcade and the winner is the person who gets to eight first by pushing the puck in to their opponents goal. This is another game which my son and I don't really play purely because we don't find it as fun as some of the others.
Game 6: Billiards
Or pool as I like to call it! During this game you need to use the wii remote to aim at the cue ball and then using B pull the wii remote back and hit the ball. This is actually really tricky to do as the cue just doesn't seem to pull back properly and so it can be quite a frustrating game for us and so we don't bother with it!
Game 7: Fishing
In this game you need to swing the wii remote up and down much like if you had a fishing rod in your hand and catch fish. Obviously small fish are worth less points that the bigger fish and so you need to aim for the bigger ones to score high! My son quite likes this game from time to time but it is not one I am fond of because I find it quite slow going and boring!
Game 8: Charge!
This is a game which I really enjoy playing. Basically on this one you need to turn the wii remote sideways and you are controlling a cow which you need to direct round a track, hitting as many scarecrows as you can as well as jumping over hurdles as well. Obviously this is all about control and timing whilst using the remote control and it is a game which always makes me laugh, especially when my son plays and veers completely off the track and gets stressed out!
Game 9: Tanks!
This game is basically a shoot and fire game again where you control a small tank and need to avoid being hit by the other tanks weapons and then shoot them down as well. You progress the levels each time and obviously they become harder as you go along. This is one of my son's favourite games on the disk and one he will often sit and play numerous goes off before quitting.
I am not sure if you can pick up this specific game anymore as I do know they brought out another version which included the motion sense remote but I would say that if you do happen to stumble across this game it is quite a good one to have at home when you are looking for something quick and easy to play. It is not the best game out there by a long shot but I don't think it aims to be that as it is more about small games which are designed to be fun yet help you get to grips with using the wii remote properly.
Thank you for reading my review!
Wii play was created for a very similar reason to why Wii sports was created. To show off all of the capabilities of the Nintendo Wii. Wii Play however is much more focussed on the actual controller itself and what it can do. There are nine games on Wii sports and each one of them shows of a different thing that the controller can do. There is one downside to Wii play and that is that all of the games are only two player but, if you are willing to overlook that I'm sure you can get some fun out of it. Also I would like to point out that like Wii sports, the only characters you can use are your mii. I shall now talk you through each of the nine games:
The first game is 'Shooting range', basically you have to point and shoot at a range of different targets that come up on the screen, they start easy with balloons and then it gets slightly harder when it gets to clay pigeons. The last level on the game involves UFOs trying to abduct your mii and you have to shoot them down before they take your mii off the screen and you get 10 points for every mii that you have left. The good thing about this game is that if you are doing it single player you can use two wii remotes - one in each hand - to shoot at so it is a lot easier to get all of the targets.
The second game on Wii play is called 'Find Mii'. basically, you have to find certain people in a big crowd of people and point and click on them. For example, it may say 'Find two look-alikes' and you will have to click on to miis that look exactly the same. It sounds easy, but sometimes the crown is on three escalators all moving different speeds or swimming in the sea so it can be hard to find who you are looking for. On single player you have to find as many as possible and when you find someone you get an extra 10 seconds and you have to do as many levels as possible. On two player you have to race to see who can find the most in two minutes.
The third game is 'Table tennis'. On this game all you have to do is move your remote where you want the table tennis bat to go. On single player you have to try and do a rally of 100 with the computer. On two player mode you play a proper game of table tennis against you opponents.
The fourth game is called 'Pose Mii' and I hate it. There are bubbles flying across the screen which all have an outline of a mii in a certain position as a certain angle. You have to get the mii in that bubble as the right shape and at the right angle. To change the shape you have to press A or B depending on what position you need to change it to. To change the angle you need to rotate the Wii remote.
The fifth game out of the nine is 'Laser Hockey' which happens do be my personal favourite. Basically, it's a lot like air hockey, you each have a mallet and you can move and rotate the controller to make your mallet move to hit the puck into the other persons goal. If you are doing it one player, it's you against the computer to see who can get the most goals in 120 seconds. If you do it 2 player, it is first to 8 goals. A little secret here, if you hold A and B during the countdown at the beginning of the game, you can change the shape of your mallet.
The sixth game is 'Billiards'. Anyone who is familiar with the basic concept of billiards will know the rules so I shan't go over that. Basically all you have to do is Point to where you want to hit the white ball (taking spin into consideration). You then hold B and pull the wii remote back and then quickly forwards again. The concept is good, but sometime the controls just don't work well and it doesn't always recognise you pulling back.
The seventh game is 'Fishing'. This is a very basic game, but it can be quite fun. All you have to do it move the wii remote about in a pond and when something bites it, you have to quickly pull the wii remote back. You get different points depending on what fish you catch within the time limit.
The penultimate game on Wii Play is called 'Charge!'. To do this you have to hold the controller sideways so the D-pad is on the left. It's pretty simple. To run faster you tilt forward. Slower you tilt backwards and right and left you tilt it either way. Also, to jumo you have to quickly raise the controller. Basically, your mii is on top of a cow and you have to get him through the course as quickly as possible knocking down as many scarecrows as you can to get the most points.
Last and most definitely not least is 'Tanks!'. It's so good it needs an exclamation mark. Basically you are a little tank and you have to go through each level shooting all of the enemy tanks or planting mines for them. To move your tank, you use the analogue stick, to shoot bullets you press B and to plant mines you use A.
In conclusion I think Wii Play is a fun little game to play with your mates. The graphics are average and comparable to Wii sports, but the music will stick in your head like nothing you've ever heard before.
I got Wii Sports with the Wii but I wanted a new game and got this, and it's great. There are different games from Laser hockey to the odd one out. There is a buffalo game and a fishing game. They are all interactive. They are all suitable and the tank game is very fun and challenging.
The graphics are Wii'ish, cartoony but good and solid. It never hesitates and it never freezes the Wii. There are lot's of colours and it's bright and everyone in the family will love it. There is a shooting game where you must shoot birds and more out of the sky. You can play multiplayer and there is leaderboards. It does not have online but household leaderboards for the family. The interactivity requires you to swing, move and shake about a lot.
Some of the games like buffalo and tanks are more button based than interactive but you still have to move the Wii remote to control your character. The game isn't the most interactive game but most games have different levels to complete which will make it last longer and make it more challenging and fun.
Some people may complete the game quite easy though, I did. It's a good game and should prove fun for the family but it won't last forever. Saying that, multiplayer can when you play with family.
This game usually comes bundled with a Wii remote, and it feels a bit like it's just adding a bit of value to the controller rather than a game you would go out to buy for itself.
You can play as a two-player or alone. You play using a Mii character from your Mii channel, which you can choose and change as you wish. When you do well in the games, you can score personal bests or be awarded medals.
It has nine different mini-games to play:
- The "Shooting Range"game is good fun and rather addictive. You point your Wii remote at the targets and fire with your B button. There are amusing features such as the level where your Miis are abducted by alien spacecraft if you don't shoot them down.
- The "Find Mii" mingame asks you to identify doubles of various Miis, which gets increasingly difficult and requires good and quick observational skills.
- The "Table Tennis" game is pretty much what you'd expect.
- "Pose Mii" asks you to contort your Mii into the same position as indicated in the bubbles, and catch them before they fall into the waves.
- "Laser hockey" reminds me a bit of the (very) old game of computer tennis in style. It's basically Wii air hockey.
- "Billiards" is a reasonable facsimile of the game, you can angle your shots and decide how hard or how softly you hit your cue ball. It gets quite frustrating after a while, though, and seems to take forever.
- "Fishing" is much like those magnetic fishing games you can get for small children. You get extra points for catching the suggested fish and lose points for catching the small fry. You use a flicking up motion to get your rod to pull out the fish.
- "Charge" is actually my favourite game, as ludicrously you ride a cow while charging down scarecrows and leaping fences. It never fail to amuse me. I just like the idea and the thunderous train-like stampeding noise of the hooves adds to the humour. If you've ever heard the expression "steers like a cow", you'll know what to expect from your ride - you have to make sure you take the corners properly or your cow will just plunge straight on off the course and you'll end up slowed to a stop.
- "Tanks" is also one of the better games, where you have to manouever your tank carefully round a course, shooting opposing tanks. It is reminiscent of old Atari games as well, to my mind. Quite a lot of these minigames seem to be in homage to the old games from when computer gaming began.
There seem to be plenty of levels on some of the minigames so in terms of how long you can play it for, there's quite a lot of gaming hours in Wii Play. Whether you'd actually spend that time on the game, however, is another thing... They're a bit too simple and you quickly tire of them.
They are quite good for children or inexperienced players, but once you've mastered the basics, Wii Play doesn't really have much to offer. It isn't the first game I'd think of getting out to play when I fancy a spot of Wiiing. It certainly isn't a game worth buying on its own, unless you can pick it up for a quid or so, but with the extra remote it adds a bit of value.
For a game you're forced to buy separately, Wii Play could be considered a starter pack for your console and not a full-on, variety filled, lasting entity to the devices catalog. It contains around 8 mini-games, each of which are fun in different ways, and each of which have a medal system (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) to judge your progress and compare your achievements with other players (usually in your own family!).
As with most Wii games, the mini-games within this package are both single-player and 2-player, with players choosing their Wii avatar to control in-game. It must be said that despite a relatively small line-up of games, diversity has been successfully achieved.
The games which I feel are most fun to play:
Shooting: A highly addictive target practice game in which each level contains different still/moving targets (from tin cans to fleeing ducks) players must destroy in a certain amount of time.
Tanks: Mines, cannons and rockets - destroy the enemy vehicles before they destroy you! In my opinion the best mini-game for co-operative play. There are many levels of increasing difficulty to conquer here, but be aware it gets hard quick.
The games I feel are just there to fill in the gaps:
Fishing: Involves the simple pulling up of your remote to catch fish - simply not enough to it. Catch the biggest fish in the best time and once again levels are progressed.
Cow: Involves the racing of a cow whilst collecting coins and umping fences. Reach the end of the circuit before the time runs out or your other player beats you!
Overall, this game is not worth the hefty price tag seemingly still in place. Its not an in-depth, enthralling game some of us have come to expect of recent consoles - but then not many Wii games are very in-depth, and maybe they shouldn't be. Afterall the Wii is marketed as a way of providing light family entertainment during after-school hours.
Don't get me wrong. Wii Play is a fun game when you first get the Wii and it will hold your hand as you learn the basics of using the wiimote and the ways of controlling the Wii. There is a somewhat limited (in comparison with many games which have since been released) range of games which range from shooting to table tennis & fishing. These all effectively give you an alternative way to use the innovative technology of the Wiimotes.
Back when I got the Wii, this game was included as standard in all purchases and served the very purpose of teaching you the ropes. I am not sure whether this is still the case, but in case it is not, I would advise against getting it on its own merit. It is a very simple game with limited scope and for the money you can get a range of significantly better titles with greater scope and game depth.
Because of these reasons together with a relatively hefty price tag when bought outside a package deal, I would strongly advise against getting this game. On top of the above, it is now quite out of date seeing as it was released at the sam time as the Wii went on general sale some years ago.
This is a good game for the price but there is not lots on it.
I bought this game with an extra controller for about £30 and it is good value because you need an extra controller anyway.
There are some good little games to play on this including shooting range, find mii, fishing, tanks and a couple more. My favourite is find mii as it asks you to find a certain mii out of a crowd and each time it gets harder. The miis can be swimming, walking, in the dark and on escalators and I find it really addictive to play as I try to get to a higher level. The games are for two players or single player and the computer. The shooting range and tanks are also very good games to play and I really enjoy this game and I am glad I have it but it is worth the price you pay for it as there are only 9 games on it.
It is a good game to play with friends and family as you can compete in each of the games and it is not complicated at all so is easy for anyone to play, adults and children both seem to love so it is definately one for all the family.
I have always considered Wii Play to be a product that somewhat hard to express a strong opinion on. While it is by no means a classic piece of software, it was part of a very compelling hardware bundle back when the Wii was new and also served a pretty worthwhile purpose during the console's early days. As such, I've abstained from commenting; however as I've recently seen a lot more second hand copies of the software alone springing up, I thought I'd lend my two cents.
Wii Play is a simple collection of wii-mote only minigames that was launched alongside the Wii and came bundled with a second wii-mote for the price of a single game. Wii owners choosing to grab Wii Play with their consoles, as many did, would have access to two games and basic multiplayer in both Wii Play and some of Wii Sports without turning out much cash. It was a good approach and clearly one that Nintendo expected Wii buyers to opt for as Wii Play targets itself so clearly at the new owner.
In many respects, it's a surprise that Wii Play was not the bundled software rather than Wii Sports. This is not only because the games included with the package are fairly rudimentary but because they are actually a series of progressive tutorial games. Beginning with a Duck Hunt style target shooting game, the Wii introduces you to the concept of aiming the remote at the screen before moving through each of the controller's functions. By the time you've played through each of Wii Play's games, you'll have had a bit of brief instruction on each style of movement the controller will recognise. This includes a bit of text blurb before each game that clearly assumes the player has never picked up the Wii-mote before. While Wii Sports is undoubtably the better game, it is Wii Play that feels like the first step, and so it's almost a shame that Nintendo chose not to throw this in with the pack. I'd be surprised if the software alone would have kicked the price up any higher than £10 but it's no major loss.
The games themselves are a bit hit and miss, there's nothing as original or exciting as we saw in Rayman: Raving Rabbids, the other big minigame collection to launch with the Wii. However, they are all solid. The initial target shooting game remains the best and we close on a highlight with the wonderful Tank battling game that I still play today. The others inbetween aren't so great though. A pool game that look fun turns out to be the big disappointment of the set and what could have been an excellent fishing game is reduced to little more than a digital version of those little magnetic fishing sets.
Four years on we see the second hand copies on the shelves without the controller priced at a few pounds, is it worth it? Not really. Nintendo have always marketed this as a game with a free controller bundled but really it's the other way around, this is an excuse to get a few mildly diverting games with your inevitable second wii mote. Wii Play just doesn't last, if you've devoted enough time to any reasonably varied Wii title since then you've already learnt the basic skills its passing on. There's fun to be had here but it's not particularly long lasting.
If, on the other hand, you're on the verge of grabbing your first Wii then Wii Play is still available with the controller and it's still a good way of getting a second remote. It offers instant multiplayer for the wii and does a good job of making you familiar with the setup. After a few weeks, you probably won't be coming back to the games but you'll still be using that remote.
Wii Play with the remote costs around £25 online and in games stores, and lurking in places like CEX or eBay without the remote I certainly wouldn't bother with it. Nor would I pay more than a few pounds.
When I originally purchased the Wii console, the Wii Play was included as part of a package deal and it is therefore fitting that the game is very basic and instructional, effectively a guide to using the Wii remote efficiently. With a RRP of £34.99 (including another remote) it offers a good introduction to Wii games and I suppose is worth the money considering the standard price of a new controller! However, I wouldn't rave about the game which is unfortunately limited and can be completed in just a few days.
Basically, it's a metropolis of 'mini-games' all of which aim to teach you how best to use the remote and from that perspective, it's good for getting a feel of the sensitivity of a Wii controller. Each game has to be completed in order to 'unlock' further games (of which there are 9) and whilst this makes you want to play on, it's not much of a challenge. Out of the shooting, table tennis, fishing, puzzle type and racing games, my favourites are the shooting and racing which give you a good change to practise your control skills. I also like the fact that you have the opportunity to earn 'medals' in each of the mini games by achieving high scores (in the individual mode) and the 2 playing setting provides great entertainment if you have a gathering! It's simple to use and so if there are 'Wii novices' wanting to try out a game, this is one I would definitely recommend.
In terms of the gaming graphics, it's fairly basic but playful. The colours and sound effects are fun, but overall, the settings lack continuity and the game seems more suited to children.
In all, I enjoyed the game for about a week and as it was included with my particular Wii package, I wouldn't complain. However, I wouldn't spend money to buy the game individually and would mainly consider it for the spare controller!
Wii Play is a selection of 9 mini games together in one package. The games a very short and are all playable multiplayer. This main advantage of buying wii play is that is comes with a nintendo wii remote control, which explains its high retail price. There is no story involved with the aim of the different games being to get as high as score as possible
The games included are:
The player goes through different rounds at shooting targets. The aim is moved like a cursor by pointing the remote at the screen, and the button is pressed to shoot. The target vary from balloons, to cans and spaceships, with increasing difficulty as you progress through the different rounds. Extra points are rewarded for consecutive hits, so it plays to take your time and be accurate
During 2 player both players play at the same time, rather than taking turns. therefore speed is important as you have to shoot down the target before the other player gets it. A second player can also play during single player to help the player 1 get more points
This is one of my favourites with the rounds being fun and having some level of difficulty to them. The controls are simple to use and anyone can pick it up and play.
A crowd of Miis stand in the centre of the screen, and the player has to find the Mii shown before the game starts. 2 players and compete to see who is fastest.
probably the worst game on the disc, as it is quite simple and boring. Just point and click on the Mii that looks like the Mii they said. Nothing else.
The controls are controlled using the remote like a normal table tennis bat, although it is very sensitive and has easily be over hit, so only small movement, which can be quite annoying. However once you get the hang of it, it is one of the better games and is quite fun.
2 player is as expected with the 2 players competing against each other on different sides of the table.
Bubble with the shape of your Mii at different angles in them show up on screen. The player has to twist the wii remote so that it is at the same angle then match it with the bubble. The pose of the Mii can also change and to match it to the bubble just press the button the change pose the Mii you are controlling.
Another of the poorer games of the set, and doesn't bring much fun. 2 player is the same with 2 player on screen doing the same thing to try and get the highest score. Overall a boring game.
This is basically the same as Pong. Two goals of either side the player moves their bar to deflect the ball in to the opposing players goal. The difference from pong is the bar can be moved freely in the players half, and can be tilted at an angle.
Quite a good game, and has more of a competitive feels to ones where you just need a higher score. Basically is you like pong then you will probably like this.
Player use the remote as a fishing rod, moving the control to move the rod through the water and yanking the control back to pull it out and catch a fish when they were caught to our hook. You must catch the fish shown on screen or you will lose points.
I didn't like this game I found the controls hard to use, with the yanking being often unresponsive, and catching a fish just seems to be random, you can have the hook in the right place but no catch, poor game.
2 player is like most of the others competing for highest score
A nine ball version of the classic pool game. Players pulls the remote back while pointed at the screen, and pushed forward to hit the ball, however I found the controls difficult to use and very often not recognising what you were trying to do. Aiming controlled by aiming with the cursor.
Could have been one of the best games if the controls worked well, but unfortunately they become to frustrating to enjoy the game.
2 player works by taking it in turns whenever someone fails to pocket a ball.
The player controls a cow in this racing games. You have to knock over cows for bonus points and jump over fences. Another of my favourites, and the most fun game of them all.
The remote is help sideways and is tilted forward to speed up (but this effects steering), flicked back to jump, and turned left or right to turn.
Lots of fun, with riding on cows making it more comical. Good level of difficulty trying to get the speed right so you can turn, and aiming for scarecrows and jumping over fences means is very busy and lots of fun. Also a more competitive feel and you aiming to be fasted and get the most points.
Players control a single tank in a toy block type arena. The aim is to fire shells or drop mines to destroy the enemy tanks. A single hit will destroy the tanks (both enemy and players). Progress through levels by destroying all tanks. The number of tanks to destroy increase with each level. Easily the longest game with 20 missions on your first go, but after completing that 100 missions become available.
2 player is not against each other but rather working together to win. Once one player is destroyed the other player carries on alone. Only 20 missions can be played on 2 player.
Another of my favourites as it is much longer than the other with 100 missions, and has a higher level of strategy and difficulty involved.
Graphics are very basic and like the ones you would expect to see of wii sports. Nothing wrong with them, they work well for the game it is trying to be, but isn't going to blow your mind. A lot of your games use the Mii characters so the graphics of them is the same as you will see from the Mii's on the various wii menu features (e.g. when you create a Mii).
Tha game can be brought for £23.49 at Amazon which includes the Wii remote. The Wii remote by its self is being sold for £18.90 also at Amazon. That means the extra cost for the game is £4.59, and I think that for such a low price it's worth giving it ago, you're bound to like a least one of the 9 games. I would only buy it though if you want the wii remote, the game should be seen as an extra, rather than the remote an extra to the game.
Overall I think this is a nice little game with some good mini games that can provide some fun. The games are however quite short so it can get boring pretty quickly and may become rarely played. However you aren't really paying for the game, most of your money is being spent on the controller, with only a few extra quid for the cost of the game, and in that sense I think paying that little bit more is worth it for this game, but it would work as a standalone game, but it great as a small little extra.
Would Wii wanna play this game? Probably.
OVERVIEW -- Wii play is a 9-game compilation that usually comes bundled with a Wii remote. This bundle costs about £34 brand new, meaning you only pay a fiver for the game itself or less. fair enough. Or is it?
GRAPHICS -- They are slightly worse than the Basic Wii Sports graphics, with limbless figures and limited detail in the environments. However, it is quite colourful and covers several art styles, from paper to straw-like. Far from brilliant.
GAMEPLAY -- Games include Fishing, Laser Hockey, tanks, a duck-hunt style shooter and more. all play well. Most of them requires you to point at the screen rather than different poses like in Warioware: Smooth Moves. You have to play each one from left to right in order to unlock them all. However, once you've played them a few times, it gets boring and repetitive. Its more of a how-to game more than anything else.
SOUND -- not very memorable but OK. a couple are catchy-ish. All you hear from the Miis are high-pitched squeals. FX are fine too.
LIFESPAN -- There's very little incentive to keep playing this game, unless you want to beat your high score or earn pointless medals. only 9 mini-games? No variations like in Wii Sports? pity. Also, 2 player is a nice diversion especially in parties, though doesn't boost it's longevity by much.
OVERALL -- It's alrite for a few days but the fun dies out quite quickly. Wii will play on this game for a short while!
Why is it so popular people ask, well that's easy for the price off a second Wii remote you get some more mini games and a second remote so why would you not buy it. For a lot off Wii owners this will be there first buy after getting there new console, it was for me. So that's in the box, well you get a nice new remote with jacket. Just like the one that came with your system. After you have set it up with your Wii then you are ready to go. Now on to the games, it is a collection off mini games that teaches you how to best use the remote. To be honest it feels more like something that would come free with a console no sold separately. There are nine games in the set so lets go through them
Shooting Range: this re minds me off the NES classic duck hunt, you have to shoot various targets (UFO's, balloons, etc.). In one player you can use both remotes as dual "guns" however it is more fun in 2 player mode.
Find Mii: The weakest one for me, crowds off little Mii people gather on the screen, you player is then told what type off Mii's to pick out from the crowd. fun for the first round or two that's about all
Table Tennis: Again best in 2 player mode and great fun, it table tennis the name says it all
Pose Mii: Another strange one, the player must change the pose off his Mii so he / she can be put into falling bubbles, again fun for the first round or two
Laser Hockey: Its air hockey and a great game too, again two player mode is better
Fishing: This is the surprise in the pack for me, I love it read fun trying to hook the larger fish, again 2 player is more fun
Billiards: A pool type game, looks ok and plays fine. OK for me
Charge: This really is the weird one, you race cows round a track while toppling scarecrows for more points, best in two player and it is fun in a strange sort off way
Tanks: You take command off a small toy tank you have to destroy the enemy tanks, starts off easy and gets harder and harder. One off the best on the disc, two player is co-op.
In all honesty, we didnt buy Wii Play because we wanted the game particularly - we bought it because we wanted a second Wiimote. When you buy a Wii console, you only get one Wiimote, and they cost around £25 to buy seperately. Obviously you'll need one for every person you want to play at the same time, so we wanted two minimum. We were advised by a friend to buy the Wii Play package as it meant we were buying our additional Wiimote, and then paying just a couple of pounds extra to get this extra game.
For those who are used to playing a Wii, this game is a bit pointless probably. But for those, like us, who are new to the Wii - this game was actually pretty useful. It's basically just a short compilation of very simple games like pool, fishing, space hockey etc. There's only nine games on here, and you move around the game unlocking each new game as you complete the last.
The games are extremely simple, but when you're new to using a Wii, it actually takes you a few goes to get the hang of them. I found the space hockey game quite hard and kept smacking my Wiimote around way too hard to make contact with the puck! I found the game useful for getting my actions smoother and more in tune with what the Wii required of me.
The graphics are really, really simple and the music is just bog standard cheapy game music. It's a bit of a joke having only nine mini games on here too! But as I said before, this is a useful training tool if you're new to the Wii. I would be extremely annoyed if I'd paid £10 for this individually, but I don't mind at all that I paid a couple of pounds to get it along with our second Wiimote. It's a rip-off on it's own though!
Wii Play is a wii game that contains 9 games. It is for 1 or 2 players and is usually sold packaged with a wii remote.
The first game is the shooting range. Players go through various rounds of shooting balloons, targets, frisbees, soda cans, and UFOs. Some targets have mii's face on them. Shooting your own face makes you lose points shooting targets with your oponents face on them gain you points. Sometimes at the end of a round ducks will suddenly fly accross the screen. Shooting them will gain you bonus points. In the round with cans shooting them will juggle the can back up. The can will continue being juggled up in the air until it is either missed or until it has been shot 5 times. Bonus points are awarded for consecutive hits without missing.
in "find mii" there will be crowds of mii's on screen. They will either be standing, sitting in chairs, walking on a street, Riding escalators or swimming in water. At the beginning of each round you are given certain things to look for such as finding two to five identical Miis; finding the fastest Mii; choosing a favorite and finding it again; or finding the "odd Miis out" For finding the correct mii you gain a certain amount of time. For clicking on the wrong mii you are deducted time. I found this game realy fun.
Table Tennis follows the same rules as the real life game rallying back and forth by moving the Wii Remote. This game involves pointing the wii remote at where the ball is to hit it back. You do not have to swing at all making the game less realistic Mii characters are supported, and are represented in the audience. As the game progresses, the audience grows larger. Multiplayer mode employs similar gameplay with changing service, sides and a "first to 11" rule..
Pose mii is the next game which is rather annoying and stressfull. A player must move their Mii to falling bubbles using the Wii Remote pointer. The player must also rotate their Mii to the correct angle of the bubble by rotating the Wii Remote. In addition to this, as the game progresses, the poses inside the bubbles change, and the player must select the correct pose. When the correct pose is in the right position in a bubble then the bubble bursts. If three unburst bubbles hit the floor then the game is over. Multicoloured bubbles freeze time and bonuses are awarded for getting every bubble in a round.
Laser hockey is basically a game of air hockey on the wii. This is a two player game where the players move the Wii Remote to deflect shots and try to score in the opponent's goal. Single player mode is a two minute match against the Computer Player, and multiplayer mode is the first player to eight points.
In fishing Players use the Wii Remote as a fishing rod, to hook specific paper fish and then yank upwards to grab them. Points are either added or subtracted depending on the fish caught. At the top of the screen it will state what is the bonus fish. For collecting the bonus fish you gain extra points. The bonus fish changes about every 30 seconds.
In billiards Players play a nine ball version of the traditional pool game Points are earned corresponding to the number on the object ball that is pocketed. 3 Points are deducted for each foul shot The game ends when all balls have been pocketed. A player may line up a shot with overhead 2D and behind-the-ball 3D viewpoints.
Charge! In this game the players ride cows and destroys scare crows to gain points. When you have crossed the finish line a time bonus is awarded where one point is awarded for each second remaining on the clock. Jumping scare crows also appear which move forwards. They give more points for being destroyed. Scare crows usually appear in groups of 5 and if all 5 are destroyed by one player then that player gains extra points. There are also obsticles to jump over.
Tanks! In this game the player controls a small toy tank in a 2.5d wooden block enviroment. Tanks can fire missiles and lay mines. All tanks, including the player's, will be destroyed when hit by a single missile or mine. The aim of the game is to destroy all enemy tanks while avoiding their attacks. When this is achieved, play advances to the next mission. You must point the wii remote at the screen to aim and use the d-pad to move which is quite difficult so it is better to attatch a nunchuk and use that to move. In single player you have three lives. an extra life is given every 5 levels. Once 20 levels are completed for the first time the game ends but next time you play with the same mii there will be 100 levels to complete. In two-player it is co-operative missions. The game is lost if both players are destroyed at the same time. There are three types of shells in this game: basic shells, rocket shells, and power shells (very dangerous). The first is slow moving and will rebound off wall surfaces once, while the second moves very quickly and has no rebound, and the third moves even faster and rebounds twice.
The games themselves for the most part are fun to play but this game would not be worth it without the wii remote. The graphics are very similair to wii sports on the find mii levels but it vary's from game to game.
Quite good fun with another person for a short amount of time.
When you buy a Wii console, the chappies at Nintendo are quite stingy and only provide one remote and one nunchuck. Now if you live alone and have no frineds, presumably that is fine, but most of us at some point will need to go out and buy an extra controller.
Now, the way wii have marketed it is like this; you can buy an individual controller for around £30. Or, you can buy a controller with Wii play for £30. Obviously people are going to go for the second option because you get a free game!
The game is actually a great idea, because it introduces new Wii users to the remote and the different ways you can use it. the game contains several minigames that you can play alone or with a friend,using your Miis, or personalised avatars:
1 Shooting range:
In this game you point the remote at the screen to shoot targets such as cans, ducks and UFO's.This game is really easy and a lot of fun. It reminds me of those old arcade shooting games that you play on holiday.
2 Find Mii:
This is my favourite game, in which you compete to be the first to find a certain face in a sea of faces, or spot the sleeping characters,or some other observational challenge. It gets progressively harder with each round.
3 Table Tennis:
Quite a weak game that doesnt quite seem towork very well. You control a disembodied hand to see how many times you can return the ball with the paddle. Awkward and difficult.
4 Pose Mii:
Match the 3 different shadows that appear on the screen using the buttons on the remote. This also teaches tyou how to use the twist control.
5 Laser hockey:
A bit like air hockey,you use the remote to contol your paddle and score!
The control and scoring system are a bit weird on this one. you need to emulate the motion of a snooker cue with the remote. Not easy.
Fun but tricky as you try to catch fish with a virtual rod, but usually end up catching the bad fish that make you lose points.
This game is played with the remote on its side, as you ride a racing cow and make it dodge obstacles and jump. i love the "knitted" graphics on this one.
Strategy game where you need to destroy opponent tanks. there is an option to use the nunchuk on this game.
In summary Wii play is great fun, but it isn't really a game that will hold your attention for long, it is more of a tutorial. Once you have mastered the remote, this game becomes one you return to occasionaly, rather than a family favourite.
No matter what your gaming experience Nintendo has just the game for you to play with your friends and family. Wii Play consists of a selection of nine very different mini-games on one game, which are designed to help you master the unique Wii Remote, whilst also providing hours of entertainment. To ensure you can enjoy Wii Play with your friends, the game comes bundled with a free Wii Remote. Wii Play consists of a variety of quirky games that can be played either alone or with a friend. This includes Shooting Range, which is the first game unlocked and is reminiscent of the classic Duck Hunt (released on the NES). In order to unlock the next game the player simply needs to complete the previous one (this sequence continues throughout). When all of the games have been unlocked players can start earning medals for their performance. Find Mii involves picking the right face out of a crowd in an environment that constantly changes - its a race against the clock and each other! Pose Mii requires players to make their Mii characters fit into the shapes in the Wii bubbles. To do this they must swing the remote to the right angle to make it fit inside. The psychedelic colours and quirky graphics involved in this puzzle make it instantly addictive. Other games included are Charge, where players have to hold onto a rampaging bull and try not to fall off! Players steer their bull and make it jump by moving the Wii Remote in the right direction, attempting to knock over scarecrows on the way. Tanks, which also makes use of the Nunchuk controller, tests a players strategic skills encouraging them to leave trails of mines for other tanks to stumble across. Wii Play also features faithful recreations of real sport games demanding precision and skill with the Wii Remote. In Table Tennis players hold the Wii Remote like a bat and use it to move their on-screen characters hand and return balls. In Fishing players cast their line with similar moves as they would in real life and then wait for a bite before jerking the remote back to hook and reel in a fish. As a pub favourite, Billiards will be an instant hit with older Wii owners. In this game players hold the remote like the back of a snooker cue and use a smooth sliding motion to hit the cue ball. Finally Laser Hockey is a cross between air hockey and ping-pong. Gentle flicks of the wrist are picked-up by the Wii Remote making the pace of the game as relaxed or as frantic as required. Wii Play takes simple concepts and demonstrates how much fun they can be by using the Wiis unique control mechanism. The Wiis unique Mii channel also allows players to build their own customised avatar that can then star as the central character in Wii Play and other games.