I’ve picked up two WiiWare games in the last week. Both are interesting. Neither are worth the money in the end.
The first game is Pop. It’s a simple game. The screen fills up with four different colored bubbles, and you have to point and shoot them down. Stick to one color, string ’em along, don’t miss, and your score climbs. Special bubbles cost you points or pop nearby bubbles. The last trick is that you have a time limit. Each bubble you pop adds on to the time, so there is a certain speed element.
It’s fun for the first minute. As the game stretches on five and six minutes and my eyes start to burn from staring at the TV screen without looking away for so long, I get itchy. Then, I get bored. The game has a couple different variations including one in which you just pop bubbles for the heck of it. No points, no time limits, no rewards. I guess it’s the Wii version of bubble wrap.
It’s nice to look at for thirty seconds, but will lose its luster in less than 15 minutes. Not a good way to blow $7.
Star Soldier R, on the other hand, lasts longer than 15 minutes. You might get a good solid 30 minutes out of this one. It’s part Galaga, part — well, it’s like Galaga. The screen scrolls. You’re a ship. Blast everything up efficiently. There are two levels — one is a two minute game. The other lasts five minutes. You compete for the high score, and can compare your score on-line with other people in your neck of the woods.
It’s a very pretty game, but pretty redundant, too. It’s the same level over and over and over again. You can fine-tune your strategies to get better at that level, but that’s about it. And this one is $8.
I have $5 worth of Wii points left. I think I’ll buy a classic NES game via the on-line store and get a lot more gameplay for my dollars.