Kid-friendly Pokemon theme park game emphasizes friendship.
Common Sense Media
4 April 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure is the latest entry in Nintendo's popular Pokemon franchise. Kids will explore a Pokemon theme park, running errands for the Pokemon and playing games with them to become their friends. One of the game is a "Battle," where you try to deplete the other pokemon's life bar by dashing into them or using special attacks, but there is no long term damage.
Excerpt: A nice pika-place to visit. Oh, PokéPark , would that the real world were more like you. PokéPark , with your beautifully landscaped gardens, your pristine beaches and manicured slopes, I envy your vistas. PokéPark , where all one need do to make a new friend is play a game of hide and seek, I covet your lack of awkward social mores. PokéPark , where even the most hostile rivalries turn out to be friendly misunderstandings, I long for your simple diplomacy.
Pros: Good introductory RPG, Play can be tailored to ability, Fun for kids, good enough for adults, Password feature, Repetitive minigames, Requires a lot of reading
Conclusion: Poképark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure was clearly meant for a very small audience of young gamers. Unlike many games in the Pokémon series, this game is not likely to appeal to any older gamers due to its repetitive and easy gameplay, the lack of extras and multiplayer, and the lack of any reward for playing through the experience (you can't connect it with the traditional Pokémon RPGs like other spin-offs in the series).
Excerpt: Imagine a Pokémon game interpreted for a demographic of Wii owners and you get PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. It's the family-friendly, mini-game-riddled interpretation of the Pokémon franchise: a game that takes the cuteness of Pikachu and the numbing simplicity of befriending Pokémon repeatedly over the course of hours, and then corrals the two into a park.
Excerpt: The world of Pokemon has been very generous to Nintendo and its fans, as the diehard followers love playing anything that has those cute little critters in it and Nintendo keeps providing it. Most Pokemon games have been released on Nintendo’s portable consoles, with a few hitting the bigger home consoles. Well this holiday season sees a Pokemon game released for the Wii, that being PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure.