Wii Review: Boom Blox

If Steven Spielberg made a video game, you’d think it would probably be a massive action blockbuster featuring dinosaurs, aliens and soldiers. However, it turns out that the video game now bearing the famous director's name on its cover is about… blocks.

Yep, Steven Spielberg's Boom Blox for the Wii eschews epic storylines and advanced special effects in favour of offering players the opportunity to mess around with virtual bricks.

Boom Blox is the type of game that needs to be played to really be understood, but basically the game shows you a structure built out of 3-D blocks and then challenges you to accomplish one of a variety of possible goals: knocking the structure down by chucking bowling balls at it, taking out blocks Jenga-style without destroying it, or shooting at point blocks while avoiding others that diminish your score. Some stages throw a wrench into the formula by including special blocks that explode or disappear when you hit them, which usually results in pleasant chaos.

What really makes Boom Blox a blast to play is its excellent use of the Wii's motion-sensing technology. In the Jenga-style stages, the on-screen pointer lets you pull or push the blocks with realistic accuracy, and the remote's sense of depth even lets you yank blocks directly towards yourself by pulling the remote back from your TV. Other levels let you knock block towers down by making throwing motions to launch balls at them. In this case speed is a factor too, so the effects of your shot will depend on the velocity of your motions. The great use of the Wii remote combined with the game's superb physics simulation give Boom Blox a pure fun factor that most games made for Wii continue to lack.

Although Boox Blox won't impress anyone with its visuals, and some of the cutesy characters in the single player adventure mode might repulse older players, but it's still a game that nearly anybody can enjoy. The extensive single player mode will keep most gamers occupied for hours with numerous stages that range in difficulty from elementary to diabolical. For dedicated players who can't get enough, there's even a full-featured edit mode, which lets you create levels or rework any of the game's pre-made stages.

Even though the single player modes in Boom Blox are substantial to say the least, the game's real value is in its multiplayer offerings. With easy-to-learn gameplay and a plethora of modes and levels, Boom Blox makes an exceptional party game, especially for guests who have probably already played more than enough Wii Sports.

Entertaining and original gameplay along with loads of content make Spielberg's Boom Blox one of the best Wii games yet.

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