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Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: If you read my preview then you already have some insight into Zack & Wiki Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure. Players get to role play with a greedy pirate trying to get treasure. Half of the time the main character seems bored with whatever is transpiring around him. The main mechanic of play is the puzzle element. Players must solve visual puzzles, and quite often use the Wii Remote in fascinating ways (i.e. turning a key).
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure game review
Boys' Life magazine
3 May 2009
Excerpt: Zack is a boy in an oversized pirate costume who has joined the Sea Rabbits pirating organization. His pal Wiki is a gold monkey with a helicopter-like tail who can turn into a magic bell. These buddies are on the hunt for treasure. Zack may be clumsy and silly, but he’s the boss as far as Wiki is concerned. Although Wiki is smarter, leads the way and gives clues, he usually says, “Good one, Boss,” when dim-witted Zack finally catches on.
Pros: Loads of cool puzzles; funny moments; makes good use of the Wii controller.
Cons: You find yourself repeating many of the same steps again and again and again; next to no voice acting.
Excerpt: After months of worry surrounding the calibre of the Wii’s titles, the innovative little console has finally started to come into its own. True AAA games such as Mario Galaxy and Metroid Corruption arrived late last year, while the upcoming Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart and No More Heroes each look increasingly promising. Sandwiched between all of this is a little game from Capcom that promises clever puzzles, colourful graphics and solid length.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game has only mild cartoon violence -- but when you make a mistake, your character can die. No gore is shown and you can come back to life and retry the puzzle. We set the minimum age at 8 to reflect the difficulty level of the puzzles; a great feature of the game provides parents with a way to help by circling areas kids should investigate. Unfortunately, the lead character likes to chomp down candy bars.
Excerpt: What happened to videogames that made you think? Sure you get the occasional brain buster – Portal was a wonderful breath of fresh air in a year stuffed full of shooters. But we seem to be at a point in time where blowing something into a million pieces with nothing but a gun already in hand, is more often than not the correct solution.
Excerpt: Don't be put off by Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure's unwieldy title - despite some easy to forgive annoyances, this treasure hunting point and click style puzzle game is a joy to behold and, if you're a Wii owner, an absolutely essential purchase. Unfortunately, because of the ridiculous game title (we know, they're trying to make it sound like a children's cartoon) and its quirky Japanese nature (Zakuuuu!), Zack & Wiki probably won't set the tills alight.
Excerpt: If modern media hype is to be believed, the games industry these days is nothing more than a gabble of bloodthirsty loons set on perverting the minds of pre-teens by crafting games based around evisceration, running over old ladies, and drowning kittens. Zack and Wiki is different though and was never going to be censored, indeed it actually falls into the brackets of both cutesy and family friendly.