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...
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.
Conclusion: The editor wouldn't be complete without online functionality though, and Blast Works won't disappoint. Not only is WiiConnect24 supported so friends can exchange creations with one another, but Majesco has prepared a website specifically for the game that anyone can access.
Conclusion: Up the Garden Path is still in the 'beta' stage of development, otherwise I'd invite you all to experience the true wonder of space-coot carpet bombing. But I recommend anyone with an interest in 2D shooters, expecially if that interest extends to creative urges, to buy Blast Works immediately.