What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a compilation of simple minigames all based around being a lumberjack. One big lumberjack demostrates what it is like to be a confident competitor. There will be a lot of shaking of the Wii remote, so make sure kids wear that Wii strap around their wrists.
What's it about?
Timber! Majesco has come up with GO PLAY LUMBERJACKS, a collection of minigames based around the lumberjack competitions of the Pacific Northwest. Here, you'll choose a character and play about 20 minigames using the Wii remote. These games revolve around log-rolling in water, sawing, climbing, cutting, and hitting targets with axes. The games are playing by balancing the remote horizontally, shaking it, or aiming and pressing the A button to throw an axe. You can add your Balance Board, but it doesn't add anything too special.
Is it any good?
The game is a lot of fun, but only for a while. You'll enjoy competing with the wacky characters and playing with up to four of your pals. You'll get trophies, unlock new characters, and get new axes if you come in first of second in the competition. But some of the games, like those involving sawing, cutting, and log-rolling, are often repetitive. And the Coin Grab game, where you collect coins while balanced on slippery logs, is way too hard for single player contests. Also, the characters' mouths don't move and they say the same things over and over again as the same 'Turkey in the Straw'-like music repeats incessantly. Ultimately, there's not enough here for this to be called a "must-have" game.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether using the Wii remote made you feel like you were in the lumberjack competition. Which contest do you like best?
Do you think there should be more lumberjack characters instead of just an alien, a pirate, or a granny.
Would you have liked to have learned more about how a lumberjack earns his or her living?