Review by Dondongo86
"A Wii Game That's Cheap and Fun!!!!"
Link's Crossbow Training is a Nintendo Wii mini game sold with the Wii Zapper. Upon release this game, being sold as a bonus for an accessory, was only half the price of an average Wii game. This game is equally as fun and equally addicting non-the-less.
The game has three modes: Score Attack, Multiplayer, and Practice. Score Attack can be summarized by phrases like "Normal Mode", "Adventure Mode", "Arcade", etc. It is the one player piece of the game where the scores you get actually mean something. Multiplayer is basically the same as Score Attack except two to four people are playing. Multiplayer is a turn based game. Practice is just Score Attack with a better sub-level system, and nothing counts.
The controls are descent in this game. My only complaint is that the zapper is almost a requirement. I say the word almost because it is not required, but you must to use it anyway just for the extra balance. Otherwise the rest of the controls are good. POINT... ZAP!!!
Scoring System 9/10
The scoring system is a level/ sub-level system. In each level there are three sub-levels. At the end of each level the scores from each sub-level and added. The point system is easy to understand. An item you can shoot many times is worth 1 point per hit. A small item such as a jar is worth 5 points per hit. A larger item is worth 10 or 20 points. A red target's bullseye is worth 30 while the rim of a red target is worth 10. A yellow target's bullseye is 150, while its rim is 50. A scarecrow is worth 100-1,000 depending on how many times you hit its body before you crack its head. Completing an objective sometimes earns 500 times the time left on the clock. An enemy is a specie specific number. One is added to a multiplier every time you hit a target or enemy. 20,000 points earn you a new level and a bronze medal. 40,000 points earn you a silver medal, while 60,000 points earn you a gold medal, and 80,000 points will get you a platinum medal.
All the music in this game was taken from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but I believe one song was taken from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Either way the music in this game is all orchestrated, and if you are a Zelda fan, you know the songs. The makers of this game matched up the music perfectly for each of the levels, setting the right mood. It is inspiring.
All the scenery and enemies are directly from Twilight Princess. It literally is a copy of the same world. Some parts are bright and colorful, but not as much as The Legend of Zelda: the Wind Waker. Yet other parts are dark and gloomy.
No story is explained, but you can figure out what happened. Link acquired a crossbow, and is now using it to have fun, and defeat some monsters while he's at it too.
Multiplayer Mode 7/10
It is really fun to compete against your friends even if you have to take turns (think Rayman: Raving Rabbits). Regardless, I think it would be fun to have a co-op competition mode, or a split-screen battle. Anyway, you'll still have fun in this kind of multiplayer.
Play Time 6/10
You get a decent amount of play time out of this game, for a mini-game. To simply beat the game it may take you about 1 or 2 hours. To get all the platinum medals on you first file it will probably take you 2-4 hours.
It's like an arcade game, you play it when you feel like it. With chance of finding a new way to earn points, this game will have you wanting to play it over and over again. Plus there is always the idea of improving your time and score.
My Total Score 8/10
This game most definitely deserves an eight out of ten. You feel in the game when you are playing. It's realistic graphics and sounds give it the perfect touch of reality. But the creatures give it the fantasy that is much loved in all the Zelda Games
Would I recommend this game to you? Yes, if you like Zelda, first person shooters, and you don't mind mini-games. Many people Like Twilight Princess, if you liked the controls for the bow and arrows, this is pretty similar. It is pretty similar to first person shooters too (such as Red Steel particularly). Some people are annoyed by mini-games/ arcade style games if this is you, you may want to reconsider. Well, that's all I have to say, thank you for reading the review, have fun.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/26/07
Game Release: Link's Crossbow Training (w/Zapper) (US, 11/19/07)
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