A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Your goal is to beat everyone else. But when your character loses, he or she often gets mopey, hanging the head.
Positive Role Models
The only role model here is Jack, the Paul Bunyan of the lumberjack lot. He's always confident, even when he loses.
Ease of Play
Most of the games are very simple to play. However, the water games, especially Coin Grab, are hard and badly designed. This game incorporates use of the Wii Balance Board if you already own one -- but it is not necessary to enjoy the game.
Violence & Scariness
You throw an axe at targets to compete in lumberjack competitions.
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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.
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.
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