Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs Review
Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs box art
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

As an example of some of the games on offer, there's a cow-farming mini where you're using both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to - you guessed it - tug on a cow's utters. You'd think it would be a pretty straightforward affair, but the mini-game is made unnecessarily complicated. You'll need to hold both controllers upright while holding the B and Z buttons respectively. However, you have to tug the cow's utters in time with icons that flash on the screen. The timing is very unforgiving, the controls feel clumsy, and there's also no visual representation for left-handed players, which can make things even more confusing.

Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs screenshot

There are, however, quite a few entertaining mini-games, such as the tailor job. This one is actually set up like a racing game, where you have to steer the sewing machine (using just the Wii Remote turned sideways) along a guided pattern. You can speed up and slowdown (useful when navigating corners of a seam), and any extra time remaining at the end of the job is tacked on as a bonus. You can only perform one job per day, and Sundays are an automatic off day (which is a good day to do your shopping).

In addition to the story mode, there are a handful of one-vs.-one multiplayer options. You can choose to set a cash limit where the player who reaches the cash goal first wins; you can set a specific number of rounds; set the number of wins; and finally, there's an option called Free For All, which lets you compete in one mini-game at a time. There isn't any online functionality, though it's not greatly missed, since the mini-games on offer here are geared toward more of a party atmosphere.

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The presentation for Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs is really quite fun and entertaining. The visuals are on par with last-generation titles, but the entire game has a nice polish to it. The art style is something of a cross between Elite Beat Agents and Cooking Mama, and there's a healthy mix of 2D cutscenes and 3D gameplay - everything looks tight and attractive. Though there's no voice work, the humorous dialogue and character expressions come across great. The music is fun and fitting with the gameplay, and overall, Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs is a delightful package.

Ultimately, that's really the game's best feature - its packaging. As wonderfully silly as the story is, and how nicely pieced together the different elements of the game are, there are quite a few minis that just don't make the cut. You'll likely find yourself sticking to a select few when they become available, which is disappointing because the premise itself is so good. For that reason alone, we recommend a rent. If you end up liking the bulk of what's on offer here, you can always adopt Help Wanted for good.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.9
Graphics
Though the visuals here aren't pushing the Wii hardware, the presentation looks great, overall.
3.0
Control
Some mini-games handle quite well, in spite of a few hum-drum motifs, and the developers made a great effort trying to incorporate the unique Wii functionality into almost every game. However, too many of the minis fall short, and none of them ever reach a mark that can truly be considered great.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound effects and music are fun and fitting with the theme and style of the presentation.
3.5

Play Value
There's a surprising amount of content and polish (for a budget title) contained in Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs, and it's built upon a really great reward system. It's too bad the actual mini-games couldn't have been tuned up just a little bit more.

3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Multiple difficulty levels which change up gameplay elements.
  • Shop with the money you earn. Buy fun and crazy things after you get off of work and show them off in your collector's room when you're done.
  • 50 different jobs to choose from.


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