Review by stantherobot
"Looking for a game that takes use of the Wii's unique controls? Elebits is it."
Add one part Katarmari Damacy, one part hide and seek, and one part Wii Remote, and you get Elebits. This, in my opinion, is one of the better Wii games out right now. With its quirky story and interesting premise, Elebits is sure to excite and please the youngest and oldest gamers. However, it still has its faults.
Story: Elebits, which is who the game is named after, are small creatures that house electric power. In this world, Elebits power everything, and after a freak electrical storm, all the Elebits go crazy and cause a power outage. It is up to the main character, Kai to retrieve as many as possible by flinging, throwing, and uncovering everything in your way. You do this by using your trusty Capture Gun. Cutscenes are displayed with beautiful drawings and..interesting story telling. Scratch that...terrible story telling. The voice overs sound like they are straight out of a Dr. Seuss movie. The worst part is that you cannot skip them on your first run.
Gameplay: This is where the game really shines. With your Capture Gun in hand you have the ability to pick up anything and everything. From pens to houses, from Wiis (Yes, Wiis) to Ferris Wheels you can pick up, twist, turn, move and manipulate it all. To Capture Elebits, you simply shoot them with your capture gun. This builds up your Watts getting you to your target watts, which is different every level. Different Elebits do different things. Some Elebits add to your watts, some add to how strong your gun gets. Some just hurt you. There are also items you can use that attract Elebits, lock on to Elebits, make you invincible, etc. Aside from these gameplay elements, there will also be level stipulations. Some levels make sure you aren't to loud, others make sure you don't break to much stuff. While this adds difficulty, it sometimes takes away from the experience.
Graphics: The graphics are simple. Many items do not have a lot of detail to avoid slowdown. It is not technically impressive but it gets the job done.
Replayability: The 28 stages should keep you busy for a long time. After that, there are multiple ways to play the level again such as score attack, challenge mode, and eternal mode which lets you play without a time limit. The biggest perk is the edit mode, which lets you create your own levels. Using items you have unlocked throughout the game, you can create a myriad of different levels. Also, with WiiConnect24, you can send your created levels to your friends, and they can play them for themselves.
Overall, this game is very solid. If you are a big fan of the Wii controls then I recommend this game. It has the best use of the Wii controller to date. Good luck and happy hunting!
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 01/10/07
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