Parents' Guide to

Emergency Mayhem

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Rescue-worker game, with flawed controls.

Game Nintendo Wii 2008
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Here's why it isn't very good. You'll use the nunchuk to steer through various city precincts, but moving any vehicle in reverse is a real problem. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Even more upsetting is an arrow that's supposed to help you to get to your next mission. It doesn't work. If GPS devices were like this directional system, you'd be driving into houses and buildings constantly. These poor controls makes you want to stop playing before you're an hour into the game.

If you're up to dealing with frustrating control system, you'll have four kinds of driving missions to deal with: delivery of goods to a certain place; timed, where you must achieve something (like getting a fly out of someone's stomach) in a specific period of time; delicate, in which crashing into other cars is a big no-no; and special, which asks you to crash into a criminal's car to damage the vehicle. Along the way, you'll also meet cute, but crazed monkeys and penguins you'll have to round up. The sad thing is that with a little more fine tuning, the game could have been a little gem. As it stands now, though, the only mayhem you'll encounter here is the one permeating your mind as you try to make sense of a game full of flaws.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Codemasters
  • Release date: April 15, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Cartoon Violence and Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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