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When this game came out, there was a lot of buzz about the London Summer Games – something that the makers of Summer Stars 2012 can use to sell their mini-game compilation.
This compilation has 20 mini-games from the Summer Games set up divided into several categories: Running, Throwing, Jumping, Aquatics, Archery, Trampolining, Mountain Biking and Foil Fencing.
The controls for most of the mini games are simple: wave the Wiimote and/or Nunchuck in the indicated direction(s). And each game has a Tutorial that allows you get used to the controls – which you will need.
There are two modes of play in the game: Career and Free Play.
In Career, you make your way through a huge series of mini-games and cups to unlock better equipment and improve your athletes’ abilities.
In Free Play, you can take on a single sport or a Cup (a set of mini-games) by yourself or with up to three other players.
I had a lot of fun playing the games and progressing my way through the Career Mode; it takes a short while to get used to the controls, but they aren’t too hard to master.
But the difficulty settings need work. The Easy setting is really easy – most players will breeze through it. The Medium difficulty setting will be a tough test for most players.
And the Hard difficulty setting is almost impossible for me to beat; one small mistake and I’m in fifth place – or worse. Finding the challenging setting will be tough – and a reason why some players will give up on this game.
Another problem with this game is the presentation – there is supposed to be a story in Career Mode, but it’s too fragmented and unfocused for me to enjoy. The Free Play Mode can get dull and tiresome after several tries.
Still, Summer Stars 2012 has a good collection of mini-games that most players can get into – if only the difficulty settings weren’t too tough or the presentation wasn’t so lackluster. RENT IT.