I rented this game with the expectation of some cheesy fun with my friends. It failed to provide that. It is a collection of minigames, most of which do not provide any sort of feigned "lumberjack" action - no swinging or chopping or sawing. It was more centered around pressing buttons or shaking the Wiimote as fast as you can, which gets EXTREMELY tiring after just a couple games.
The most frustrating part of this game is that everything is locked when you start it. There is one tournament available and three freeplay minigames. Everything else must be unlocked by winning the available tournament/game in single-player mode against 3 CPU players. This severely limited how much fun you could have playing it with other people. And, let's be honest, who is renting/buying this game to play it by themselves? We ended up having to take turns playing the single-player games in order to unlock more things to do for multiplayer. And by the time we had opened up enough multiplayer options, we were all sick of the games. A vast number of them are the same game with only slight variations - for example, the same axe-throwing game with different iterations for "get x points to win," "get the most points within x amount of time," and "get x points by hitting only targets of your color." There is not a lot of replay value in these redundant minigames.
Granted, my friends & I are all in our mid-20's, so perhaps we're too far beyond the demographic this game was intended for. But I had much higher expectations for this game being something that was kid-friendly but ironically fun for adults to play as well. Sadly, it wasn't.
This is a very good party game and can be enjoyed by both children and adults together. The characters are what you'd expect, quirky and fun. If you like mini-games, as most Wii users do, then this is one of the best. The level of difficulty can be set from easy to difficult. Unlocking tournaments and characters are fun and follow other successful Wii games, such as Carnival Games and Toy Story Mania. Each of the 15 games are unique and competitive especially when played with two or four players. Variety of games and affordability make this a game you should definitely consider buying.
we had a lot of fun playing this game as a family. Some of these games are very challenging but easy to do.. you have to think. WE didnt get to all the games because you have to unlock games as you go.. its worth a try.. good stuff