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Wii Game Review: Wreck-it Ralph


There’s been a huge buzz about the latest Disney Pixar movie “Wreck it Ralph” and for good reason. I myself haven’t seen it but have watched plenty or trailers and heard many great things about it. Chances are, most people have already seen the movie and are possibly thinking about getting a video game based off the film for their child during the Holiday season knowing that it’s just been released for the Wii, Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo 3Ds.

My husband and I checked out and played Wreck it Ralph on the Wii this weekend and here’s a overall take on it by each things usually looked at when purchasing most video games.

The Story:  If you are looking for the game to follow the story line of the movie itself  you won’t find that.  In fact, there really wasn’t a story line to follow at all. The game after the beginning cut scene is 8-bit and between levels you’ll see standstill pictures with text and voice.  This was a bit disappointing and there wasn’t even an ending once you beat the game.  No cutscene, no story resolution, not even a credits sequence. The whole game, also, is around two hours.

The Game Play:  There are a total of 3 worlds to explore, each with different looking maps. The general game play isn’t changed by the set dressing, aside from a minor puzzle here and there. The maps are basically designed to be jumping puzzles with minor combat tossed in. You can swap between Ralph and Felix, and have to as each has abilities to do things the other can’t. There is normally a picture on the wall so you know who to switch to, because after doing the same few things the whole game, I couldn’t possibly figure it out myself.

 Music & SFX: Can we say 8-bit goodness? Yes, I have a near and dear place in my heart for hearing 8-bit video game sounds. The music I want to say was about the same every level. It was forgettable and I just wish it held a grip but it didn’t.  Also the characters voices in the background hurling insults or was that encouragement got really old after awhile.

Graphics:

The beginning intro of the game has amazing graphics, in fact the best we’ve seen on the Wii system to date. The graphics in the game play levels and menus is  8-bit art style.  It reminds me a lot of the games I played growing up and when hitting up the local arcades.  There was no lag and everything ran smoothly image wise.

 Overall Thoughts… 

For a distraction for a few hours or so, we give this game out a 3 out of 5 as with most games based off movies. The game in a nutshell is a pretty simple 2-d platformer. There is an option to mix things up by switching between two characters, a few different levels, Easter eggs and trophies to collect, and the opportunity to play the game over and over again to try to unlock more goodies.

Buy it: You can purchase Wreck it Ralph for the Wii at most retail stores as well as in a variety of system versions on Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned product to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Review & Giveaway: Learning Resources: Smart Toss™ Math Sports Game

I’ve learned by watching and observing both my nearly two year old son and four and half year old daughter that they learn best by doing. For example there’s much less frustration in carrying out a physical activity instead of watching it demonstrated or listening to it being explained. I personally learn the same way myself. If you are familiar with learning styles, you’ll know that this is called learning kinesthetically.

If you have a child much like my own, and are on the hunt for tools to help with teaching Math, you’ll want to know about a product I recently was given the opportunity to review through the company Learning Resources. The Smart Toss™ Math Sports Game has been a wonderful way to make learning math fun for both my son and my daughter.

In this beanbag toss set, you’ll see that it works around a sports theme. The sports spotlighted on the colorful child friendly board are baseball, bowling, golf, and basketball. There are 10 canvas bean bags, handy storage pockets inside, an easy-carry handle and an activity guide full of several different ways to play together. The vinyl surface wipes clean so that’s great for outdoor or indoor use. It folds flat to 20”L x 18”H and takes up a minimal amount of space, perfect for any school supplies storage areas.

The activity guide is great if you are looking for suggestion on how to start some games with the Smart Toss Math Sports set but you can also do you own thing. We’ve been doing our own thing working on simple addition and subtraction since my daughter is just 4 1/2. My son whom is almost two really just loves to throw the beanbags in the holes building up his fine motor skills.

Overall, I really like this set because it’s unique. It works great for my children that learn best by doing. The durability is top quality and it’s easy to clean. I like there’s an activity guide and that we are also free to let our imagination take us and make up our own way to play while learning together.

My whole family has enjoyed using this set together and imagine it will get many years of use when learning about addition, subtraction, and multiplication. I would highly recommend this set for any school or home use.

Buy it: You can purchase the Smart Toss™ Math Sports Game  for $36.99 on the Learning Resource Website and it also can be found on Amazon.com

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Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned product to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.