Boom Blox, one of the best party offerings on the Wii.
When i first came across Boom Blox, my initial thought's were it looked like the usual shovelware that's been dumped upon the Wii non-stop since it launch a year and a half ago. While there are a few alright party style games on Wii, most of them are titles that should never have been given the green light full stop, so i was very surprised when i gave Boom Blox a go, and found it to be one of the most addictive titles on the Wii.
Graphically, Boom Blox does it's job, being nothing altogether special, but nothing bad either. It's colourful, and in all honesty, it's a game featuring blocks for the majority of it's graphics, so the only thing that could have changed was a higher resolution, that which the Wii can't do anyway, so i guess it's as good as it gets for this sort of game.
Gameplay though, is where this game shines through, with some seemingly basic stuff, that has more depth than most Wii games combined. There are a fair number of different mini-games that Boom Blox includes, such as Varients on Jenga, games involving throwing a ball to knock down blocks or link up combos, all the way to playing like a traditional Puzzle game, wherein you might need to defeat knock down a room full of blocks in one shot.
There is a lot to like here, with an adventure mode and plenty of new modes to unlock the further you head into it, but some of the modes aren't up to the level of other's. Overall though, the single player experience has a decent amount of thing's to get through, not forgetting a very decent Create a Level mode, that allows you to toy with precreated levels, make your own from scratch, or share them with your friends via friend code over the Nintendo Wifi Connection.
The big reason though, that Boom Blox is better than the usual B grade titles, is it's multiplayer mode.
Boom Blox, with 3 others, is quite easily up there with Super Smash Bros Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and Wii Sports as some of the best multiplayer fun you can get on a home video game system.
Whether your all taking turns in different varients of Jenga, or taking aim for the biggest blocks available in a throwing game, the multi modes in Boom Blox take the game's basic ideas and turn them into something basic, yet smart, devious and sometimes hilarious when you and your friends strategies, or lack thereof come into play.
It's just one of those games that suits sitting around with a few mates, a few drinks and some Pizza, and having a few laughs along the way, good stuff.