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GF Rating
6.2

303 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

An enjoyable way to exercise

posted by kevins (HAYWARD, CA) Feb 26, 2010

Member since Feb 2010

6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Adding a character is painfully bad, and the in game trainers prattle on endlessly with their moronic advice and over the top encouragement. I would rather have just been dropped in to the game with my Mii, to figure it out as I went along.

That said, the game itself is fun. Having been over the whole of the Wii-Fit island many times on the virtual bicycling game, I was looking for an alternate venue, and Walk It Out does that and a bit more.

The game world is revealed progressively by clicking on bubbles as you walk in place accumulating points. Revealed features include most of the in game scenery, the in game music, the pathways that you can turn down, and a few game changing elements like magic clock pieces that can change the simulated time of day so that you can pick up the last few pieces you are missing or just dance beneath a midnight sky.

The music is a mixed bag, but I've become fond of several of the unlocked tracks. Not being a fan of the Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow", I quickly started buying new tracks to listen to. Each song is unlocked by finding four matching song icons (each costing between 50 and 150 steps). The icons are labeled with the song number not the track name, so I find it easiest just to buy every song icon in sight and get rid of any I'm not enjoying after a few listens in the game settings menu.

To count as a point each step has to be taken in beat with the music. I find the default settings to be overly tight when used with the balance board, but they are easily changed to drop the penalty for a missed beat, and widen the acceptance window to a usable range. A DDR dance mat might improve the timing accuracy, but I don't own one to test.

Despite its shortcomings, "Walk It Out" has been an enjoyable diversion. Don't expect to build a sweat quickly though, the beat of most songs is barely enough to warm you up until you've been at it for half an hour or so.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Entertaining and fun, but with a few flaws...

posted by JNF247 (WALTHAM, MA) Mar 2, 2010

Member since Mar 2009

5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Pros:
-->It does make time go by much faster than most other step exercises and you may end up exercising for longer than you think.
-->the competitive aspect of collecting things or building items also distracts you from realizing just how long you've been playing.
-->The majority of the music is fairly current and fun to keep up with.

Cons:
-->It is slightly annoying that in order to actually listen to more music during gameplay you have to first find, then unlock it to access it if you don't want to just have "walking on sunshine" on repeat for the entire time which quickly becomes annoying.
-->My biggest complaint with this game is that the controls leave something to be desired.
-When moving it is much more difficult than you would think to select any of them items in your path with the remote.
-If you use the wii board you are not supposed to actually lift your feet, but merely your heels off the board so your feet must always be in contact with the board and your not really stepping anywhere, more like just shifting your weight from one leg to the other.
-I did find that using the dance pad was the easiest method and the most fun although I ended up using the top two squares ( A and the North Arrow) because for me using the arrows on the mat was kind of akward trying to walk/step normally with my feet so far apart.

Overall I did enjoy the game and would recommend it to others as a fun game for some low impact exercise to get you started especially if you are not starting out in great shape to begin with as this is definately a way to help you get started if you are not in good enough shape to jump straight into some of the more heart-pumping exercise type games.

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GF Rating
7

Good

This game could be fun!

posted by Drezaric (WAUKESHA, WI) Mar 12, 2010

Member since Jan 2010

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I thought this game was interesting, in the fact that you can click on things and make the world 'grow' and earn more music to walk to.
Though, I found the walking very awkward with only lifting your heals. Wii Fit you step on and off the board like your walking normally, why couldn't they do that with this game? As far as registering the amount of steps it wasn't to bad for me, a few missed steps though it counted probably 95% or more of them.

It was pretty easy to just keep walking without realizing how much time you'd spent walking! You get engrossed in trying to click all the things on the path and don't even realize how many steps you've taken.

Would be a great game if you could walk normally, maybe in their next game they'll find a way to count the steps better and you'll be able to actually walk!

I don't have the DDR pad so I can't say how it works with that, and I didn't even think of checking the Active Life pad to see if it works with that, I wish I would have thought of that before I sent it back.

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