Wicked Monsters Blast is a Point Blank-style shooting game, which sees you, and up to three family members taking on a variety of fast paced challenges - whether it's feeding the correct dishes to a hungry whale by shooting them off a conveyor belt, flipping numbered panels over in the correct order, or smashing all the bottles on the shelves behind an angry unicorn's bar. Full of bright colours, funky characters and a variety of easy to understand mini-games, it should prove pretty popular - but as there's only a dozen games to play through, it's best as a game pulled out every now and then, or on special occasions, rather than a game that they come back to every night.
It's all very easy to pick up and play, though, as the game mostly revolves around pointing the Wii Remote at the screen and shooting with the B button. While there are instructions to read before each mission, the instructions are often somewhat vague, meaning you mostly need to figure things out as you go - which shouldn't be too hard as the games are all pretty straightforward, even for younger kids. What may cause an issue is the fact that the one mini-game requires knowledge of the /= symbol (does not equal) - which younger kids may not be too familiar with.
Full of cute characters and bright colours, Wicked Monsters Blast has nothing too untoward that you might not be happy with your kids seeing. Yes, it's a game that centres around shooting things - sometimes an evil bank-robbing moose or two - but nothing ever dies, you don't see any bullets that you fire - all that happens is there'll be a little flash in the area of your cursor. There's no blood, guts, or gore, and things tend to get either comically singed in the same manner as Tom & Jerry and the like, or they just disappear in a puff of smoke.
Some games are made to be played in multiplayer - Wicked Monsters Blast is one such game, offering two different modes you can play through with up to four players. The Arcade mode is a series of games tied together by a loose story, and has a 'three strikes and you're out' policy dependent on whether you meet an arbitrary number of points after each of the half a dozen mini-games. For a much more kid-friendly game, the aptly titled Family mode is where you'll want to go - here you get to choose a series of mini-games you want to play, and any concept of lives disappears, leaving you to duke it out to see who can amass the most points by the end.
Format Reviewed: Nintendo Wii