Boom Blox Bash Party speaks to my inner child. The child that cackles with glee knocking things over, the one that walks past a beautifully stacked grocery store display and can hardly resist rolling my shopping cart right through it and being buried in a glorious avalanche of downy soft paper towels.
The sequel to the original, Boom Blox Bash Party stays true to the feel and spirit of the game. The innovative gameplay will fascinate newcomers while massive amount of new puzzles and game types will expand the horizons for experienced players. There are many different modes of play and puzzles. From single player to competitive play to cooperative play, over 400 levels of blocky goodness will keep you coming back for more.
Whether it’s blowing the treasure blocks out of sunken pirate ships while battling a giant squid, sending giant block castles cascading to the ground, carefully removing key pieces from intricate sculptures, or blowing up every block in site, there are plenty of puzzles to keep you busy. If somehow you get through all 400 puzzles, there is even an option that lets you create your own and submit them online. Players can download hundreds of user created block puzzles, making this game truly endless. And if for some reason you get sick of blowing stuff up (is that possible?) there are levels requiring a steady hand to rescue characters from under blocks, or to create color combinations that will give your brain a work out.
We loved the little block animals as well. I’m particularly fond of the panda and the tiger. It’s quite fun to watch them quiver in fear as you prepare to launch them through the nearby block building. Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this game, they always just get up and dust themselves off and continue on as happily as before with a little dance and hop.
The game itself isn’t all that is involved, you can pick it up and put it down whenever you like. It is about as casual as games get these days, which is refreshing when you want to spend a few minutes indulging your inner childish destructive side. The controls are simple to learn, though they can be finicky at times with the Wii remote. Overall, we really have no criticisms for Boom Blox Bash Party, and lots and lots of praise.
If you haven’t picked this game up, then you are missing out on a seriously enjoyable experience for you, your family, and your friends. I dare say, Boom Blox Bash Party is what the Wii remote was made for. You really have to give it a good throw to make it work, not just a flick of the wrist that other games offer. I’m a little embarrassed to say it, but my arm was sore the next day! However that didn’t stop me from playing it more.
The good: Endless puzzles, fun characters, good variety of challenges
The bad: Made my arm sore.