Monday, February 21, 2011

Wii Demo Roundup - 02/21/11

Welcome back, Demo Gamer faithful. This week, we have a new pair of demos up on Wii Ware: "Rage of the Gladiator" and "Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 1". Yeah, about that.

Rage of the Gladiator
Rated T for Teen; 1 Player; Wii Remote; or add Nunchuk; or add Nunchuk and MotionPlus

In 5 words: violent, medieval, fantasy, level-up, meh

The "Rage of the Gladiator" demo comes across as a sort of medieval "Punch Out". It is a fighting game set in first person perspective with limited movement. Attacks come by way of a waved Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Dodging and parrying requires the use of buttons. There are a variety of combo attacks available that are pretty impressive, and "Rage of the Gladiator" even incorporates a system that allows you to "upgrade" your character after successful fights. The demo starts out easy and progresses nicely to a difficult third and final contest. There are 21 fights in the full game. The graphics look good and the music does not detract from the experience.

The "Rage of the Gladiator" demo is fairly violent and deserves its T rating. It took me about 15 minutes to play through the demo. The full game costs $10.00 which comes out to just under $0.50 per fight. The demo is fun, and the full game should be also, but I was not sold on it. A solid "meh" from me, not my type of game, I guess. If you like first-person fighting games, this demo is surely worth the download, however.

Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 1
Rated E:C (everyone, children), 1 Player, Wii Remote only

In 5 words: cute interactive learning cell-shaded cartoon.

It's like Nick Jr. but on the Wii, and mildly interactive. I don't have much more to say about this one. If you've got a young kid around the house, download the demo and let them play around with it. If anything, it's a good way to help them get an early handle on the Wii Remote. There are 3 episodes, each one costing $5.00.

Well, this week was a bit of a letdown after last week's Chick Chick BOOM demo. Hopefully we'll get something good next week. Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments!

--Demo Gamer

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