I decided to pick up the Wii's bust-a-move bash, here's a quick review of the pros and cons. It offers some new control layouts, thanks to the wiimote. Most importantly, the controls work well and enhance the gameplay. The gameplay is the usual bust-a-move goodness, with some added flying saucers that offer special powers, pretty cool stuff. If you don't know the bust-a-move formula, it's an action puzzle game like tetris, where you shoot different colored bubbles upward, trying to connect 3 or more to make them disappear. It's been around for a long time, and that's because it's genuinely fun. But what i'm noticing in bust-a-move bash is how bare and empty this game feels. Even the main menu will give you an empty feeling inside, i've seen cooler menus on the nes. But the menus don't matter, it's the lack of depth to the game modes which is hurting this title. There are less then a handful of modes- the regular puzzle mode, which has tons of stages, so that's a plus. Endless mode is exactly what it sounds like, and it's always fun. Shooting mode is a super simple shooting gallery game, it really isn't very good, especially compared to the shooting games on wiiplay, wariowarez, super paper mario (all of which are vastly more enjoyable). Multiplayer is fun, but there really aren't many options to change the experience. Except for being able to determine how long you'll play against your friends, you can't really change or tweak anything, so you're left with the same experience over and over. The mutiplayer is enjoyable, don't get me wrong, it's just a bit too shallow though. You would've thought the developer could have easily added a couple extra modes, but apparently they didn't have the spare week it would have taken them. Basically to sum it up, this game is good, but it's shallow. If you're a bust-a-move fan or you want another casual game to add to your growing wii collection then go out and buy this. This is a perfect title for the wii, because it will really appeal to the non-gamers out there. For more avid gamers, you're probably better off waiting for this game to drop in price, which i'm sure will happen by years end.
Presentation - 4
If you get a 4 out of 10 on a test then your parents should spank you. This presentation pretty much sucks.
Graphics - 6
The graphics are fine considering this is bust-a-move, expect simplicity and you won't be disappointed.
Sound - 5
The music is pretty annoying, but i tend to think that about most games. May appeal to very young gamers.
Gameplay - 9
I'm gonna add a little extra umph to my gameplay score, because this really is an enjoyable experience, especially with the wiimote. Good for non-gamers too.
Lasting Appeal - 6
The gameplay itself has lots of lasting appeal, simply because it's bust-a-move. But where we should have tons of modes and options, instead we have a nearly empty desert.
OVERALL SCORE - 6.5
I would especially recommend this title for non-gamers, children, and seniors.