Originally Posted June 18th 2014 on the SeafoamGaming Forums
Title: Luv Me Buddies Wonderland
System: Nintendo Wii U (Eshop, also available on retail in Europe only)
Price: 12.90 (Used to be 19.90)
Release date: 5/29/2014
The main game/story
There doesn’t seem to be a story to this particular game, but the manual does include an explanation on the creation of the buddies. Whenever a child lets a balloon fly into the sky, it goes all the way up, until it reaches a paradise in the sky, which turns it into a buddy for a young child to love and to befriend. A cute little backstory, that makes this brand seem promising.
They look simplistic and do the job well, but I do have a problem with the fact that the wii remote is shown on the screen at times even when you use the gamepad. Plus sometimes the text is a bit hard to read but that isn’t a big problem.
Music and sound effects:
The music fits the theme of whatever you go to. The haunted house area has a theme that you would expect from there, the winter wonderland has a theme that fits winter, ETC. The sound effects on the other hand sound like stock sound effects from a free sound website, but they at least work.
This is a minigame collection where you go around to the different areas, each hosted by a different animal buddy, and play their minigames, unlocking more along the way. The game is controlled mostly using the wii remote, with the gamepad being an alternate choice for some menu selections. I mean it when I say only some, however. When you enter a game or go to select menus, the gamepad stops working as a controller, and you must use a wii remote. With no indication until the last minute, it can be very frustrating, confusing and seems to show that this was lazily brought over from the wii, unlike Fit Music which had care put into the gamepad usage.
Sadly, the big problem I have with this game is the excessive rehashing of minigames. From the beginning, all but two of the buddies would start out with the same minigame, a shooting gallery minigame. And even if I went to a different animal, their game was just a reskin of the shooting gallery minigame. Only two from the beginning (The haunted castle and the ice wonderland) Started with a different minigame. And the only one I had fun with was the haunted castle game, as it was a memory matching game that was decent fun.
It’s true that you do unlock more minigames when you beat a stage, but that’s no excuse at all to make some of the minigames the same, as it gets very repetitive, boring, and makes it an awful way to start the game. With controls that sometimes are a bit too sensitive (The same problem with Fit music except in that game it benefited the game), it doesn’t help either. For a game that is usually almost 20 dollars, this isn’t that good at all. Even if you unlocked everything, the game is short on content and doesn’t last you that long…
Ironically this game had no major glitches at all, so the developers do a good job with making sure their games don’t crash, and I like that.
Luv Me Buddies Wonderland is a promising idea and a promising party game, but it just doesn’t have much content to keep you interested, and the recycling of minigames does not help at all. This game does have a multiplayer mode, and it actually is fun to compete for scores, but no one will likely want to play with you. Heck, O2 Games even hosted a contest to see who can get the best score first, and not one person has entered as of this time of writing. If this game wasn’t so expensive at nearly $20, and was more like $4-$10, it would possibly be worth picking up for parents who have kids that like party games. It’s true that at the moment it’s $12.90, but that’s still a bit too expensive, and it’s only temporary.
But at it’s current price, it’s just competing with games like Zelda Minish Cap, Mega Man X, Mega Man X2, and nearly every single SNES virtual console game, which are cheaper AND have more content than this game. Due to these sad problems, I give Luv Me Buddies Wonderland a 4 out of 10. Hopefully their upcoming game, MIND LABYRINTH will be the puzzle masterpiece I am hoping for. That game seems to be the most promising game so far. I wish the developers luck with that game.
Thanks to O2 games for giving me a review code