Summary: Parents need to know that this game is a remake of TUMIKI Fighters , a game that's available free of charge for play on the PC. But Blast Works contains much more than just that game, as it also has four additional unlockable games (that can also be found online.
Excerpt: Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy has the appearance of a WiiWare release. From the simple, but functional menu through to the blocky, textureless in-game visuals, it lacks the overall sheen we've come to expect from retail games.
Pros: Blast Works Depot website is an excellent venue for sharing creations, One of the most in-depth creation tools ever in a console game, Sticky enemies provide for interesting strategy, Visually appealing
Cons: Creation tools don’t make quick, effective level creation possible, Integration with Blast Works Depot is convoluted, Main campaign won't hold your interest for long
Excerpt: In an age when shooters are a dime a dozen, Blast Works attempts to stand apart from the crowd by offering two significant twists on the genre standards. The first is a system wherein you accumulate debris as you fly through the skies and can use it to deflect shots and to attack your enemies more...
Excerpt: 2D shooters have been around since the early inception of videogame consoles. They have ranged from the simple to the complex. Many people have attributed 2D shooters to the success of videogames as they seem to have a somewhat addictive quality to them while allowing one the feeling of satisfaction...
Summary: It's hard not to get sucked into a video game when everything you see on screen is designed by your own hands. Blast Works lets you build a palm-sweating, curse-spouting shooter with the unseemly challenge you've always dreamed of but could never satisfy through more conventional means.
Pros: Robust editing tools, Easy to download others' creations, Tight controls, Tons of options and unlockables, Satisfying gameplay mechanic
Cons: Action can be a little too simple, Learning curve for editor is a little high
Conclusion: Blast Works is a great game. Wii owners tired of a constant stream of shovel ware simply have to check this one out. Fans of classic hardcore shmups should need no incentive to go out and pick up the game, but even those who are new to the genre should find plenty to like about it.