Kinect physics puzzler makes razing castles a hoot.
Common Sense Media
30 August 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Wreckateer is a downloadable physics-based puzzle game designed exclusively for Xbox Kinect. It makes kids put on their thinking caps to figure out how best to tear down stone castles using only a ballista and handful of ammunition. Plenty of garish goblins (they burp and fart) get destroyed as the castles tumble, but kids see no blood, gore, or bodies. The cartoonish green creatures simply fall down and disappear.
Excerpt: Kinect games are always a sticky wicket from the time of announcement until review time. At first glance, it’s easy to relegate them into the arena of gimmickry, and assume that like many other games of its kind, the controls “just won’t work.
Excerpt: I am slowly but surely becoming a big fan of Xbox Live Arcade. Whilst some of the games are a bit below par, the price and size of the titles allow gamers to be a bit more experimental in their gaming choices instead of investing in a major release, but there are also absolute gems. Amongst the latest XBLA games I’ve played (and can highly recommend) are Bloodforge, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD and the Feeding Frenzy series.
Conclusion: It's easy to compare this game to the ever popular Angry Birds game because a lot of the mechanics are implemented in Wreckateer through Kinect instead of a touch screen. Wreckateer is one of the better experiences on Kinect thus far. The biggest downfall of the game is the lack of variety in the castles. There are plenty of real-life castles still standing today that would eliminate the repetitiveness and blandness of the same style structures.
Summary: Wreckateer uses Kinect to put you in control of a massive castle-wrecking ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker, travel the land and destroy 60 castles infested with goblins using six magical projectiles.
Conclusion: Concept: A mixture of Angry Birds and BoomBlox that adds a greater degree of complexity and control
Graphics: The medieval buildings and characters are packed with charm, but I wish the destruction were more eye-catching
Sound: The humorous dialogue from your English supervisors should appeal to Monty Python fans.
Wreckateer Review (Xbox LIVE Arcade - Kinect Required)
Gamers Daily News
25 July 2012
Summary: Wreckateer buzzes the bronze tower and sinks into the outer shell of the GDN Silver award here. The pros certainly outweigh the cons and I’ve only stuck my hand in the ceiling fan three times while playing it. It’s fun but can be frustrating at times. Plus, the levels don’t offer a major abundance of gameplay variation.
Conclusion: SMASHINGUses Kinect Controls Well - The controls in Wreckateer are well thought out and even add a layer of immersion to the game. The play area is broken up into two zones. To launch a shot, you first stand in the forward 'loading zone' and extend your hands in front of you as if you are grabbing the projectile (football fans can imagine a quarterback preparing to take a snap in shotgun position).