I had hoped that Go Play Lumberjacks for the Wii would make me feel like a lumberjack, instead I felt under entertained. Go Play Lumberjacks is part of the Go Play collection of games announced by Majesco with a price point of $19.99. With that said for the price, Go Play Lumberjacks is not a disappointment. It is the type of game you would pull out at a party as it won’t hold many people’s attention for long.
There are a total of 15 games available to play with either the Wiimote or the Wii balance board. This review is based on playing the game with the Wiimote because I do not own the balance board. Some game types are climbing, chopping, sawing, axe throwing, and a few others. Not all of the events have the option to use either the Wiimote or balance board.
My favorite event is the Axe Throwing which was a surprise to me as I thought the saw games would be the best. I think this happened because I was expecting to use my Wiimote by actually doing the sawing motion. This was not the case as you do not simulate the motion as much as just moving the Wiimote. The tree climbing has to be my least liked event in the game because of the game play. All you do is press several buttons to tell your avatar what branch to saw. It felt very generic and slapped on. This is not the only event I felt this way about. For most of the events, I felt like they were an afterthought or not enough effort was given to the game play.
The game has 6 avatars to choose from to use as your in-game avatar, with 4 available from the get go. The option to use your own Mii’s becomes available as an unlockable later in the game. For the most part, I used the Ninja avatar because it is a cool looking avatar. The available avatars are funny and diverse. There is a male axeman, a blonde farm girl, ninja, pirate, and several others. I feel Majesco should have given you the option to play with your Mii from the start, but who am I, right? The avatars are well animated and add a funny factor to the game.
Graphically, Go Play Lumberjacks is nice looking for a Wii game. All the events are well presented with some well detailed backgrounds. The game runs smoothly without any hiccups. Overall, graphically, Go Play Lumberjacks is pleasing to the eyes. The audio is also good, from the music to the bells and whistles. Each avatar also has some funny lines they say but they tend to get repetitive after a while.
Overall, for the price, Go Play Lumberjacks is a decent party game. This game will not capture your attention for long, which makes it a good party game for the price. Go play Lumberjacks is not what I invisioned a Lumberjack game to be on the Wii, but it is good for what it’s worth.
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