In Wipeout: The Game, players will prove they have what it takes to make it to the grand finale Wipeout Zone for their chance to be proclaimed champion. Four players can compete at the same time, even allowing players to hurl objects at and taunt their opponents. The video game features everything that people love about the hit ABC show, including commentary from the shows hosts, John Anderson, John Henson and co-host Jill Wagner. Players will have to run, jump and dodge all of Wipeouts various obstacles, including the brutal Sucker Punch, the beloved Big Balls, and the insanely difficult Sweeper.
I was torn between buying this game for my son's Nintendo DSi, or going with the Wii version. There was a slight price difference between the two when it first came out. To be honest, I had reservations about even buying this game in the first place. I had a hard time imagining how fun & interesting it could actually be. My kids absolutely love the show on television. My younger son begged for this game - it was at the top of his birthday wish list. Of course, we wound up getting it. I decided to go with the DS version so that he wouldn't tie up the Wii in the event he actually liked the game. I must admit, it has held his attention for a lot longer than I had anticipated! Even after three solid weeks of ownership, he keeps going back & playing it.
At age 9, he has successfully unlocked new players and managed to advance to a bunch of different levels. I was pleasantly surprised at how closely the format of the game resembles the actual show! Of course with the cartoonish looking characters, it makes this game truly appropriate for younger players. The way the obstacles change as you reach new levels really helps to hold (younger) player's attention. The ability to choose from multiple characters and change their outfits is just one more detail that makes the game fun for everyone. Of course, having the real voices of the television announcers also adds to its interest and realistic feel. I find myself peeking over my son's sholder and getting a chuckle when he "wipes out". Overall, this game gets 4 stars - simply because it's good family oriented fun. I don't have to worry about any of the content and it is easy enough for my 9 year old to play without getting discouraged.