|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson Soft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 14, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
If there's one thing Nintendo fans know for certain, it's that there's no shortage of party games and mini-game collections on Wii. However, the folks at Hudson have come up with something at least a little bit different for the system. Help Wanted is one part simulation, one part Mario Party, and it's a quirky, little title that has a lot of charm. Does it have gameplay to match?
Forget about suspending disbelief with this game; you're simply going to have to throw logic right out the window. The story here is completely ridiculous - in a very good way - and it's a wonderful premise that gives you all the incentive you need to burn the midnight oil. The plot goes a little something like this: it has been discovered that a meteor is on a collision course with Earth. When your grandfather discovers the great rock via his super-duper telescope, he comes up with a plan to save the planet. You see, there's a watch on the home-shopping channel that will transform its user into a superhero. All you have to do is earn enough dough to afford the watch.
Keep in mind that the entire presentation has a wacky, Elite Beat Agents-like style to it, based on the logic of Viewtiful Joe. If you can roll with the game's sense of humor, you will likely find the experience to be quite funny and endearing.
You begin your adventure by choosing a gender and name for your character, and though things start out a bit slow, it's surprising how much depth has been packed into this budget ($30) title. Make no mistake - this is still, for all intents and purposes, a mini-game compilation, but it's one of the few that has a solid enough foundation to be entertaining as a single-player experience.
When you first begin, you have only seven days to save the world, with just three jobs to choose from. When you discover that the cost of the superhero watch greatly exceeds your budget, the game makes you sweat a bit. However, the gameplay formula soon becomes clear - earn money, purchase somewhat-powerful super items, and then beat the meteor back a smidge, which will afford you more time to complete your ultimate task. In actuality, there isn't just a single meteor, and you'll eventually find yourself entangled in a lengthy process of protecting the planet.
Your bedroom acts as the game's hub of sorts. You can log onto your computer to sift through the help-wanted ads, and your bed lets you complete the day. Downstairs in your house is the T.V. where you'll shop for new uniforms (giving you the ability to perform new jobs), power-ups (which aid you in mini-games), trophies, and Points items. The Points items are what give you the super powers to ward off the impending threat. Purchasing one of the super golf balls, for instance, allows Gramps to lob a shot at a meteor, doing damage to it and often pushing it back to give you a few more days reprieve. Each meteor has a certain amount of damage points that need to be depleted, and then the cycle pretty much repeats itself, with new mini-games unlocked each time you purchase a uniform from the shopping channel.
Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs speaks to many of the things gamers generally enjoy - collecting trinkets, earning cash, and discovering new morsels of gameplay along the way. This particular mini-game collection does a really great job of doling elements out to you at a good pace, but unfortunately, the mini-games themselves aren't necessarily all that great. You'll be performing something in the neighborhood of 50 different jobs - everything from sushi chef, to posing as a body builder - with some of the games offering a cute and entertaining way to earn cash, while others are frustrating in their design or simply not all that interesting to play through. Of course, with so many jobs to choose from, there's bound to be at least a few that strike your fancy.