What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this unique Wii game can be the foundation of a fun family game night. This game encourages up to four people to play together, and levels the playing field between gamers and non-gamers because all you have to know how to do is tap your fingers. One of the five game types involves shooting at spaceships in outer space but no one is hurt.
What's it about?
LET'S TAP, a new Wii party game from Sega, offers families a different way to play on the Wii. Instead of holding the Wii remote and mimicking real life actions, in this game you place the Wii remote face down onto the surface of a box and then tap the box with your fingers. The reverberations created by your fingers drumming on the surface register with the Wii remote. It is so sensitive that it can tell the difference between when you are hitting the surface lightly, with a little force, or with a whack. And these three degrees of tapping create the foundation for a fun party game experience. Families can explore five different types of multi-leveled games. Each type has its appeal and can be played with up to four friends; but the standout game is \"Tap Runner,\" a multi-level race game where you control your gel guy by tapping. Each level has different traps and interactive devices that can help or hurt you to reach the goal line. The fun comes from figuring out what tap will help you navigate the various devices. There are tightropes (which can only be crossed using light taps) and hurdles (which need carefully timed firm taps). And, if your timing is off, your gel guy stumbles and squishes on the track.
Is it any good?
Let's Tap is surprisingly fun to play with others. It is a perfect party game because it is refreshingly different from other Wii party games, easy to play, and fun to watch. It is one of those rare games that brings non-gamers to the Wii, while satisfying Wii aficionados. In addition to addicting "Tap Runner," the other four types of games are also interesting to explore; particularly "Rhythm Tap," a simplified version of Rock Band and Guitar Hero. With "Rhythm Tap," since there are no fancy controllers, non-gamers don't feel intimidated and can easily follow the icons telling them when to tap.
Let's Tap is one of those games where, if you are in a room with a group that is playing it, you'll want a turn. Plus, it is fun to watch while waiting for your turn, because the antics of the gel guys will have the whole room laughing. Let's Tap is a surefire crowd pleaser.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how media like this can create a fun bonding experience. Can you think of other games like this one?
Did you mind that there were no gel gals -- only gel guys? Do you relate to the avatars in the game?