Zack & Wiki: Puzzler for the Wii

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One of the biggest complaints I have about my Nintendo Wii is the fact that most of the 3rd party games that have come out since the console’s launch have been little more than hastily created mini-game compilations.

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure may have a clunky title, but it does make up for it with gameplay. The game is a puzzle point and click adventure that can be extremely challenging once you progress through the levels.

If anything, the cutesy characters, harmless storyline and wacky name may be a downside for a game that is possibly more difficult than the age group the art design seems to be targeting. But for adults, the challenge available after the first few levels will keep them interested and satisfy them with the “aha!” moments as they work their way through them.

The Wii control scheme feels like it fits the game, rather than merely being an add-on gimmick, though there are some non-essential mini-games available within the normal levels that will make you want to skip them immediately due to issues with controller lag. However, the motion sensing works fine for the regular game, so it’s not a game killer.