Pirate Blast



Fast-paced cartoon water gun shooter for younger gamers.

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Positive messages

Players are tasked with stopping corrupted, rogue robots from attacking the good robots and destroying the park.

Positive role models

The goal of saving the park is a good one, but the title really does not feature much in the way of role models. The instructions ask that players help save the park, and that is the justification for the cartoon violence.

Ease of play

The controls require both the Wii remote and the nunchuk and use combinations of buttons on both controllers for the targeting and the two main attacks. This is very much a point-and-shoot game. No motion controls are required, just moving the Wii remote to point and then using the B button in concert with the C and Z buttons on the nunchuk for the attacks.


Players use a water gun to short-circuit robots, or -- alternatively -- fire water bombs at targets to blow them apart in a fountain of water. The robots vibrate, short out, and then blow apart. The game is played on a rail, which means that players don't have to run around; the game moves players throughout each zone and the targets are placed in front of players at each stopping point. There are times when several rogue robots will attack quickly, but the action never gets too intense. The robots can throw food items at the player, which results in a loss of health. When the player's health diminishes, it's game over.

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The location is a fictitious theme park, with no links to the real world at all.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pirate Blast is a point-and-shoot game that can be played by one or two gamers. Players are using water guns and water balloons to target bad robots who are destroying an amusement park. The bad robots throw food at the player to knock out his or her health. The game requires both the Wii remote and the nunchuk to play, can use a gun grip (purchased separately), and requires fast recognition of the bad robots and quick reflexes for targeting and shooting.

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What's it about?

Vile Isle is a pirate-basedamusement park that has been overrun by Captain Greasebeard and his robotic henchmen. In PIRATE BLAST, players are tasked with using their water guns and water bombs to short out the bad robots, clear the 10 levels of the game, and save the innocent from the evil-doers. The game is a rail shooter (which means you don't have to move as the targets come to you), in the first-person perspective, and players have to be quick with theirtargeting to avoid thrown food while shorting out the bad robots.

Is it any good?


Pirate Blast starts out in a fun amusement park environment and first impressions are rather positive, but the charm quickly fades. The game has to rely on the mechanics of its core gaming element -- which is a rail shooter (targets come to you, rather than you running around to find the targets). As such, it offers a bit of a different take on the normal shooter game, replacing bullets with water guns and offering more challenges as the difficulty increases (there are three settings). But there is not a lot of replay value here. The bottom line is that this is an average shooter for the younger gamer because of the game's tone and look.

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Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Zoo Games
Release date:February 22, 2011
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon violence

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