This was a great old school 2-d platformere for those of us who have a heart for retro 2-d side scrollers. Clear, fluid and beautiful animations created the feeling of playing a Saturday morning cartoon, I know this has been said before but it's simply true. Has a ton of replay value for the perfectionist who can not put a game away until he has fully completed it. Also, did a good job of showing Wario for what he is, not a villain but an anti-hero. Comical, memorable level designs and objectives kept you interested long enough to complete the game. This is a great response from Nintendo to the critics who complained about the Wii's lack of hard-core titles. This is indeed hard-core and old school and worth a playthrough.
posted by Ipsofonic (GROSSE POINTE PARK, MI) Oct 3, 2008
Member since Jun 2008
Wario Land: Shake It, the latest in the Wario Land series, makes for a great rent, but isn't fully worth a buy. First, let's state the good. The graphics are simply fantabulous, offering a beautiful, hand-drawn, anime style. The controls are responsive, and well balanced. Though Wario moves a bit slow, I can accept this as he probably weighs around a metric ton. Boss-fights are challenging and big, which I very much enjoyed. The game offers many achievements, thus extending it's replayability dearly. Now, on too the cons. Although I love seeing another Wario Land game, this one seems to have lost some of the originals flair. The original had an almost 50/50 balance between platforming and puzzling, which I loved. But this focuses much more on platforming, which was a bit confusing at times. The game turns up the puzzle later, especially on World 5, but this was a bit too late. But, I still enjoyed this game. It was definitely a great rent, and offered a good pause from all the shovel ware on the Wii, so you should check it out.