Star Fox Zero (Wii U): COMPLETED!

Star Fox ZeroA confession: I’ve never really enjoyed Star Fox games before. The SNES original looked very impressive at the time but it didn’t really interest me, the N64 game bored me, the Not Zelda Honest Gamecube mis-step was awful, and so on. But there was something about the videos for Star Fox Zero which interested me. Not when first announced, of course, as it looked rubbish back then, but when Nintendo came back a few months later with more information my interest was piqued.

Star Fox Zero

And when I came to play it, it was a lot of fun! Not too taxing, and although the dual-controls (on screen and on the pad) are initially confusing, it didn’t take too long to get used to them. I think that most of the time I ended up just relying on the GamePad in the end, but that worked out fine for me.

Star Fox ZeroThe levels were surprisingly varied, with standard “on rails” into the screen shooting sections, some bosses where you fly around an area freely, dogfights in space, levels where you have to dodge a load of stuff, some slow paced bits with a robot you deploy and control, and more. In fact, almost every level is different in how you play to those previous.

Now to go back and unlock some of the alternative routes, I think!

Star Fox Zero

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Candy, Please! (Wii U): COMPLETED!

And that’s all four games in the collection done! Candy, Please! involves you needing to create various Halloween costumes so you can con your neighbours out of sweets. There’s a new mechanic where you combine items in your wardrobe to create these costumes, and some are easier than others to find the parts for.

candy, please

It felt a bit longer again than the previous game, but there’s no arcade games this time around, sadly. It’s also a return to the house from the first two games but at least this time you can venture out into the street when off Trick or Treating.

Like the other three games, it’s pretty short, isn’t especially difficult (although a couple of the puzzles had me scratching my head for a while – getting a gun for the cowboy costume for one!).

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Candy, Please! (Wii U): COMPLETED!

And that’s all four games in the collection done! Candy, Please! involves you needing to create various Halloween costumes so you can con your neighbours out of sweets. There’s a new mechanic where you combine items in your wardrobe to create these costumes, and some are easier than others to find the parts for.

candy, please

It felt a bit longer again than the previous game, but there’s no arcade games this time around, sadly. It’s also a return to the house from the first two games but at least this time you can venture out into the street when off Trick or Treating.

Like the other three games, it’s pretty short, isn’t especially difficult (although a couple of the puzzles had me scratching my head for a while – getting a gun for the cowboy costume for one!).

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Vacation Vexation (Wii U): COMPLETED!

Vacation Vexation, the third game in the Quiet, Please! series, is a departure from the previous two games for several reasons. Firstly, it’s not set in the same house, meaning new locations and characters. Secondly, it’s quite a bit longer than the other games, and thirdly, there are a few arcade games to play!

vacation vexation

The plot this time involves you trying to relax at the beach, but of course things keep interrupting you and actually getting hold of a towel, a parasol and a book to read are proving troublesome.

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Probably the best of the games so far, but there’s still one left!

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Vacation Vexation (Wii U): COMPLETED!

Vacation Vexation, the third game in the Quiet, Please! series, is a departure from the previous two games for several reasons. Firstly, it’s not set in the same house, meaning new locations and characters. Secondly, it’s quite a bit longer than the other games, and thirdly, there are a few arcade games to play!

vacation vexation

The plot this time involves you trying to relax at the beach, but of course things keep interrupting you and actually getting hold of a towel, a parasol and a book to read are proving troublesome.

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Probably the best of the games so far, but there’s still one left!

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Quiet Christmas (Wii U): COMPLETED!

Because the end of May is the traditional time to play Christmas games, right? Quiet Christmas is the sequel to Quiet, Please!, and on the Wii U at least is included in the same collection.

Quiet Christmas

The aim this time is to get your house ready for Christmas, which involves helping your dad fix the heating, making cookies for Father Christmas, and getting rid of carollers. The Anti-Asset Reuse Brigade will be up in arms as the vast majority of the graphics are recycled from the first game, but the puzzles are new so I didn’t see it as a problem.

As before, short but sweet.

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Quiet, Please! (Wii U): COMPLETED!

Quiet, Please! is a quaint little adventure game where you have to silence all the irritating noises around your house before you’re able to go to bed. There’s a lawnmower to stop, your brother to get to bed, a dog to stop barking, and various other sounds to get rid of.

Quiet, Please

It’s short, not too taxing, but pleasant enough and has nice big chunky pixel graphics. On the Wii U it’s one game in a pack of 4, which at the moment is just £1.79 for the lot, so it’s definitely worth a go.

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Star Fox Guard (Wii U): COMPLETED!

Well Star Fox Guard wasn’t quite the game I was expecting. I had read it was a tower defence game, and it is, but what I didn’t know what that you have to manually activate and control the towers yourself!

Star Fox Guard

In each level there’s a sort of maze, with a tower in the middle. Twelve camera turrets (which you can move about) are stationed around the maze, with all of the “feeds” shown on the TV. On the gamepad is a map of the area showing the current locations of the cameras and a radar of any enemies they’ve picked up. You tap on a camera here to make it the live camera on the TV, which you can then use to aim and shoot the baddies as they appear and head for your tower. If they reach it, it’s game over.

Star Fox Guard

The baddie robots come in two classes – combat and chaos. Combat bots must be prevented from reaching the tower, whereas chaos bot try to disrupt your cameras by disabling, blocking, or even stealing them. It gets a bit frantic at times as you try to juggle all the attacks. Thankfully I had my daughter calling out the numbers of the cameras that bots appeared on!

After every three levels you get a new map, and after every three maps you get a boss level and then move onto another planet.

Star Fox Guard was quite short, but I’ve unlocked a load of extra missions now and there’s a mode where you can create a level for others to challenge (and of course, you can take on other people’s creations too) so there is still plenty to do. It’s a good game, and when I finished it I realised it sets itself up as the prequel to Star Fox Zero… which I also have!

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Star Fox Guard (Wii U): COMPLETED!

Well Star Fox Guard wasn’t quite the game I was expecting. I had read it was a tower defence game, and it is, but what I didn’t know what that you have to manually activate and control the towers yourself!

Star Fox Guard

In each level there’s a sort of maze, with a tower in the middle. Twelve camera turrets (which you can move about) are stationed around the maze, with all of the “feeds” shown on the TV. On the gamepad is a map of the area showing the current locations of the cameras and a radar of any enemies they’ve picked up. You tap on a camera here to make it the live camera on the TV, which you can then use to aim and shoot the baddies as they appear and head for your tower. If they reach it, it’s game over.

Star Fox Guard

The baddie robots come in two classes – combat and chaos. Combat bots must be prevented from reaching the tower, whereas chaos bot try to disrupt your cameras by disabling, blocking, or even stealing them. It gets a bit frantic at times as you try to juggle all the attacks. Thankfully I had my daughter calling out the numbers of the cameras that bots appeared on!

After every three levels you get a new map, and after every three maps you get a boss level and then move onto another planet.

Star Fox Guard was quite short, but I’ve unlocked a load of extra missions now and there’s a mode where you can create a level for others to challenge (and of course, you can take on other people’s creations too) so there is still plenty to do. It’s a good game, and when I finished it I realised it sets itself up as the prequel to Star Fox Zero… which I also have!

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Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U): COMPLETED!

Affordable Space Adventures was, like Freedom Planet, another one of the recent Nintendo Humble Bundle games. It’s a game I’d intended to buy at some point anyway, but I just never got round to it.

Affordable Space AdventuresTaking control of a tiny spaceship lost on a strange planet inhabited by long forgotten machines, you have to pilot around taking care not to get spotted, crushed, frozen or lasered. As your damaged ship starts to self-repair, additional systems come online, and eventually its fully functional with two different drive systems, a scanner, assorted types of landing gear and so on. Each on-board system generates noise, heat and/or electricity, and the machines you come across are variously sensitive to these, so you have to be careful which ones you activate, and how you use them.

Affordable Space AdventuresThis makes the game a bit more of a puzzle game than I was expecting. Tweaking power outputs and turning off unnecessary systems using the “heads-down display” on the Gamepad is genius, watching your outputs to ensure you can safely glide past a sentry or a mine undetected. Sometimes you need to coast along on minimal (or no!) power, other times you have to switch from your fuel engine to electric engine, or make use of your heat shutters to appear cooler to enemies. It’s very clever, really.

Later on, environmental hazards start playing havok with your ship’s computer, changing settings for you or completely disabling certain abilities, so you have to pay attention to your computer at all times.

Affordable Space Adventures

It’s a beautiful looking game, and quite unlike anything else I’ve played. It’s hard to see how it would work properly on any system other than the Wii U (expect, perhaps the 3DS at a push), and it shows just what kind of thing can be done with Nintendo’s unusual hardware. It’s a shame more games don’t. There’s a multiplayer mode too, which is how the game was really designed to play, with up to three players taking over different aspects of the ship – a pilot, and engineer and a science officer – but I played through solo without too much difficulty. Apart from Level 37, the final section of which took over an hour’s worth of attempts. I scraped through eventually. Affordable Space Adventures is an essential game for any Wii U owner.

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