Conclusion: Bonsai Barber might sound like a totally senseless idea for a game, but it's just the kind of oddball creation WiiWare was designed for. You wouldn't think cutting shrubs would be a fun pastime, but everything from the use of the Wii Remote, to the perfectly rationed regimen, makes for a great, little daily ritual. The game is as inviting as Sesame Street, yet the mechanics and humor are rewarding no matter how old you are.
Excerpt: Some games have pretty mundane premises. Sometimes there’s an intergalactic war with high-tech soldiers fighting an army of aliens. Alternatively, an emotional young man skilled with a sword wants to end the reign of a powerful tyrant who has a variety of individually skilled friends to accompany him. These are the norm. However occasionally, and probably not without the help of a large amount of acid, games like Bonsai Barber pop out.
Excerpt: Zoonami recently gave us an insight into what the game would be like, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Bonsai Barber , purely for the reason that I used to stick strips of paper to chairs and pretend to be cutting hair when I was younger. Now with the interactivity of the Wii Remote, this game could turn out to be a hair-raising success!
Pros: Great use of Wii remote, Freedom to create any cut, Fun characters
Cons: Five customers per day isn’t quite enough, Can be tricky to get five stars in a cut, Difficult to cut to precise lines
Excerpt: Have you ever found a mouldy old potato in a dark corner of the kitchen? Often is the time we come across one, and with our cupboards usually as vacant as the Hubbard household's, it's often a choice between carefully cutting off the sprouts that have appeared, or heading out to shop. It's an easy choice - waste not, want not and all that.
Excerpt: Zu den skurrileren WiiWare-Angeboten gehört Bonsai Barber : Ihr schlüpft hier in die Rolle eines Friseurs, der aber nicht die Haartracht von menschlichen Kunden verschönert, sondern den Bewuchs verschiedener Pflanzenwesen stutzt. Per Remotepointer hantiert Ihr mit einer Schere und schnippelt vorgegebene Formen nach, gelegentlich wird auch nach Tönungen verlangt oder Ihr lasst per Wasserspritze versehentlich zu viel entfernte Blätter wieder nachwachsen.