Boom Blox: Bash Party Review
Boom Blox: Bash Party box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA Los Angeles 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Electronic Arts 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 19, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

But, the best part of the creation feature is that once you are done putting the finishing touches on your level, you can then upload it and share it with the world. Although the sharing feature here isn't as robust as it was in Sony's mega-title LittleBigPlanet, for the Wii this is huge. You can search for created levels by ranking, popularity, or content, and the game even makes it easy for you to jump from regular levels to downloaded levels by including a "download new levels" button at the bottom of each level area hub.

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However, all of the fun that is to be had with the creation modes as well as the single and multiplayer modes would not be possible if the game did not succeed in one crucial area: the control. Luckily, controlling Boom Blox is a breeze because the motion controls here are rock-solid. Most of the levels involve throwing something at a specific assortment of blocks. To do this you simply aim the Wii-mote, lock on to your target with the A button, and then shake the Wii-mote forward while releasing A to simulate throwing. The control is intuitive, simple, and most importantly, functional, and I have seldom felt so confident with Wii controls as I have with Boom Blox Bash Party.

Visuals in Boom Blox are very cute and take on a nice, colorful style. All of the in-game characters are shaped like little blocks and are designed to resemble everything from an angry rabbit to a cheerful alien. The levels themselves are also very nicely designed, and they have certain "theme" design elements. The different environments from the levels take place in some pretty off-the-wall places like in a circus tent, aboard a pirate ship, and even in the vast depths of space.

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Overall, Boom Blox Bash Party is a standout Wii title. Though its premise is relatively simple, and you aren't going to see any epic stories told or groundbreaking gameplay, this title features plenty of fun levels, and the multiplayer component provides great party material. Add to that a relatively deep creation experience and the ability to swap and share levels online, and you've got yourself a robust Wii experience that gives you plenty of boom for your buck!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.1
Graphics
Vivid and colorful visuals as well as themed environments make this title a joy to look at on the Wii.
4.5
Control
Wii controls work incredibly well. Throwing objects at Boom Blox has never been so effortless!
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Level music is entertaining and sound effects are comical.
4.5

Play Value
With more than 400 single and multiplayer levels, and limitless online potential, there's no reason to put this one down anytime soon!

4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • More than 400 new blox-busting levels: All-new explosive puzzle action builds upon your BOOM BLOX favorites while delivering tons of levels to explore, conquer and remix!
  • The Ultimate Party Experience: More multiplayer action than ever before! Play crazy new levels with or against friends in cooperative, competitive and the all-new team-based action!
  • Spectacular New Worlds: Beautiful themed worlds take you from mysterious planets to pirate coves and beyond! Battle giant squids or bash alien spaceships as you explore these stunning new environments.
  • New Blox! New Shapes! New Tools!: From Cylinders and Paint Blox to the Virus Ball and the Slingshot, you won't believe all the new ways to create chaos!
  • Wacky New Characters: Now the all-new cast of characters are part of the destruction! Throw, grab and launch characters for fun, or use them as part of your strategy!
  • New Rewards System: Collect Boom Bux throughout the game as you complete levels, then spend them jump ahead unlocking new levels and features you can't wait to play!
  • Content Available Online: Connect your Wii to the Internet and download new levels quickly and easily. Design your own levels with the expanded Create Mode and share them with friends or submit them to be shared with the world!


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