Go Play Circus Star is a game that allows the user to use either the wii remote or the wii balance board to play. The option to switch back and forth from event to event has its perks and its downsides. The concept of of this game is that you are a performer in the circus and as you perform various tricks you gain fans and money depending on how well you do. But beware if you do badly you will lose fans as well.
Circus Star left me asking “Where is the rest of the game?”. When you start the game you create a profile, and from there your entire menu consists of training or beginner events. The worst part of this? Well you start with only 6 out of the total 15 events which you can eventually “buy”. Doing perfect on an event nets you about 36 fans. As you get more fans you earn a few more dollars per event. Now in order to unlock a new event it costs $200 and with 9 events to unlock that is $1800. Then advanced difficulty is $2000 and expert is $3000. This totals up to $6800 to unlock everything. The worst part about this is there is no randomness to any of the events so the same mundane task is completed over and over again. Personally, I see the game content only filling maybe a quarter of the disc.
The graphics are on par with most Wii titles and the sound is well done. The cheering and the crowd as well as the comments from the ring master all seem to be done very well. The option to control with the balance board or the wii remote are welcome options and it does not lock you into one or the other. I found many events were much much easier using the wii remote than the balance board. Go Play Circus star has a versus mode where whoever earns the most fans at the end of 1, 3, or 5 events wins. The only thing is this game has absolutely no AI opponents, and you get nothing for winning the versus. No money, no fans, no nothing… its completely pointless.
Because of the lack of modes, options, and AI opponents this game has an extremely low replay value. Even the option menu lacks settings to fiddle with, it only contains a troubleshoot option for your balance board and one other option that escapes me at this moment. The controls for this game are very simple though and generally only requires tilting your wii remote or shifting your weight on the balance board. Then as you continue performing well in an event you can show off by pressing the “A” button which will earn you more fans.
Overall Go Play Circus Star has a few somewhat entertaining mini-games but it is doubtful that it will hold anyone’s interest for longer then a rental period. Look for this in the bargain bin or for rental.
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