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COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Wooden Sen'Sey Wii U' Review

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:54 AM
Created: 07/26/2014 1:59 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

A few days ago I received a review code for Nintendo’s “Wooden Sen'SeY for the Wii U. I had never heard of the game before, so I was really excited to play it.

“Wooden Sen'SeY” is an action platform game where you control a character named Goro. It has been a while since I’ve played a classic platform game. I had a lot of fun playing “Wooden Sen'SeY”.

I thought the story was pretty simple and not that complex, but the use of humor was great. It is a silly and fun game to play, there are many hilarious situations.

One day, from out of nowhere, a robot appears and steals Goro's favorite drink. Goro then goes on an action packed adventure to try and get it back. Along the way Goro will be able to hack and slash enemies with his ax and with many other weapons he finds along the way.

The graphics are awesome. The backgrounds and levels look great and are very unique and colorful.

Each level has its own theme and enemies that you must defeat, I really thought that was great. For most of the game you are running and jumping on land, but every so often you get to play a very unique level such as the third level.  In the third level you are in a submarine and have to try to maneuver it through tons of enemies and paths blocked by rocks. Each obstacle you encounter can be defeated and destroyed with your torpedoes. I really liked the variety of levels, it made playing “Wooden Sen'SeY” a lot of fun. While you were playing you never knew what you were going to do next.

One thing that really stood out to me was that the levels were long and took some time to get through. There are several check points throughout the game and when you die, you will start back there. When you complete a level you really feel like you have accomplished something.

The controls are extremely easy to learn, as you are playing there are little signs that show you what buttons you need to push to make Goro do something. For example if you jump by pushing the “b” button then if you shake the gamepad downwards you can do a mega blast and jump high up into the air.

Your main weapon is an ax, you can use it to attack enemies, do the mega blast, and also use it as a grappling hook to get across pits.

You will also find some secondary weapons such as shurikens and bombs.

One thing that I want to mention is that each enemy in the game has their own weakness and you must try and figure out what it is to defeat them. There are enemies that have hats and the only way to make them vulnerable to your attacks is to do the mega blast near them. This action will knock their hat off and then you will be able to attack them with your ax. I felt that this made “Wooden Sen'SeY” more challenging.

Goro has a life meter and he can take four hits in a row. There are items scattered throughout the game that will fill up your health meter. Plus there are also items that will give you an extra life when you find them. If you see them while you are playing I would highly recommend that you grab them, they are very helpful.

When you complete a level you are shown how many enemies there were in the level, how many you defeated, and how many drinks you collected and found.  I really liked this a lot, because this made me want to go back and play each level again to try and get everything in it.

There is a time attack mode that will unlock after you pass the first few levels, this is extremely fun and challenging. You must try and get through a level as quickly as you can and you can get either a bronze, silver or gold medal. You then can share your times online.  I thought this was a great feature and I know other players will like it as well.

Overall I really enjoyed Nintendo’s “Wooden Sen'SeY on the Wii U a lot. I thought it was very fun and challenging, the graphics looked amazing, the game was very easy to control, and the gamepad was really fun.

I had a lot of fun playing “Wooden Sen'SeY” and I would highly recommend that you check it out.

“Wooden Sen'SeY” is rated “E” for mild fantasy violence and comic mischief

Aaron Chalich is an entertainment columnist for KSTP.com


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