Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure



Quirky adventure is a puzzle-playing treasure.

What parents need to know

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Violence & scariness

When you mess up, you can fall into a pit and become impaled on spikes, but it isn't gory and you can restart from the moment before you made the wrong choice. In other instances when you do something wrong, the goons can truss you up and carry you off, but again, you can always restart the puzzle and try to avoid your previous mistake. You can use frog bombs to knock out goons but it's all very cartoonish. Near the end, you have a sword fight with some zombie pirates.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game has only mild cartoon violence -- but when you make a mistake, your character can die. No gore is shown and you can come back to life and retry the puzzle. We set the minimum age at 8 to reflect the difficulty level of the puzzles; a great feature of the game provides parents with a way to help by circling areas kids should investigate. Unfortunately, the lead character likes to chomp down candy bars.

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What's it about?

The premise of ZACK & WIKI: QUEST FOR BARBAROS' TREASURE is simple: Zack needs your help finding treasure so he can become the greatest pirate in the world. The goal in most of the game's 24 environmental puzzles is for Zack to get to the treasure. Standing in your way will be a variety of goons or monsters, mysterious objects, and physical barriers. Helping you is Wiki, a magical creature with a tail that can spin like a helicopter, who hovers near Zack and has the magical power to turn ordinary items into useful tools.

Each puzzle starts with a flyover, giving you a bird's-eye view of the landscape and the location of the treasure. The key to solving the puzzles is to figure out what you can manipulate in the environment, and in which order you must do things. You solve each puzzle by using the Wii remote in a variety of creative ways. To move Zack, you point and click; clicking on things around you will reveal money and hidden objects. As you work your way through the game's progressively harder puzzles, you will use the remote to twist open doors, cast a fishing rod, play the piccolo, shake animals to morph them into tools or weapons, and so much more.

Is it any good?


Every once in a while, a video game developer does everything right. What makes Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure so special is that it combines a quirky cartoon adventure featuring a young pirate boy and his whirly-gig sidekick with outstanding environmental puzzles that get your creative juices flowing. Plus, to keep kids from getting frustrated, the game builds in a hint system and the ability to redo fatal mistakes. And, as icing on this video game cake, the game is loaded with hilarious dialogue.

With over 30 hours of gameplay, the puzzles can be played slowly over time. There are also Mini games to explore. Plus, the game allows others to get involved as advisors who can draw circles around areas to investigate. This is a fun way for a parent and child to play together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes this such a good game. It is the puzzles? The characters? The silliness of the dialogue? How often did you use the hint system? Zack and Wiki are the rare characters with no movies, TV shows, or long-running game series under their belt -- did you like playing with new characters? Why do you think they make more games featuring characters you already know?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:October 25, 2007
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence

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Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

Really Good!

Its pretty fun!Its age is 9+.The only thing is when you die no blood or gore just sometimes its like you fall in a spike trap or get captured or your a pancake!LOL
Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bypellicanss April 9, 2008
Adult Written byCorey Evans June 29, 2015

Love This

I played this game as a young, impressionable kid. I absolutely loved it. The puzzles aren't too difficult and there isn't gore or language. However,*SPOILER ALERT* the ending killed me for weeks. Maybe i was too into it or something, but when one of the true main characters got sucked into a black hole, my heart exploded. Also Barboros and the Barboros' Castle stages scared me. The Castle was based on haunted things and ghosts, and I've always been terrified of ghosts. There are ghosts, iron maidens, a statue that cries red, and a piano that plays on it's own. But this game is fantastic and i highly recommend it. It has a wide range of stage types and enemies and the characters are funny. Especially Johnny. You can travel from forests, to the icy palace, to the fiery home of a great wyrm and its adorable baby, even to the center of the earth. Great game. This review does it little justice. A real winner.
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