EA Games Boom Blox

Hang onto your Wii Remotes!

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now 1
EA Games Boom Blox
  • EA Games Boom Blox
  • EA Games Boom Blox
  • EA Games Boom Blox

Pros

  • Lots of fun — especially with multiple players

Cons

  • Sometimes camera control can be annoying and limited

Bottom Line

It's a blast. Gather some friends and let it rip!

Would you buy this?

  • Buy now (Selling at 1 store)

What's better than blowing stuff up? Blowing stuff up in a cute and vibrant world that was given life by Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest creative minds of our time, that's what. So come along with us as we light the fuse on our review of Boom Blox. 3...2...1...BOOM!

Remember how much fun you had as a kid when you'd take your building blocks and build all sorts of cool stuff, and how much fun it was to kick it apart afterwards? Boom Blox is exactly like that, only you don't have to clean up the mess.

Boom goes the everything

Conceived by Spielberg when he first played the Wii at the 2006 E3, Boom Blox is like a tech demo on steroids. You throw and shoot items at stacks of blocks that collapse realistically using fancy physics. But the game is so much more than that, and it all starts with the insane number of available modes. If you want my recommendation, gather up some friends and jump straight into multiplayer.

It's great that a developer finally realised what a total drag it is to have to unlock party material: all the modes in Boom Blox are available right from the start. Once inside, you can destroy each other's castles for gems, play a slippery game that's sort of like curling, throw baseballs at a toppling tower of points, and plenty more. The solo mode is also a blast, but Boom Blox has 'party game' written all over it.

Full body workout

You can thank the controls for helping to make the game so fun. They're so intuitive that even novice gamers will pick up the nuances right away. You hold the B trigger and point around the screen to rotate the camera. Then once you've gotten your shot lined up, you press A to lock on, throw the Wii Remote forward and let go. Just be warned that your projectile's velocity depends on the amount of force you exert, so make sure those wrist straps are on tight and really let it fly.

But it's not all just mindless throwing: certain blocks have unique properties that you have to take into consideration. Some will just fall down, but purple ones will disappear and green blocks cause chemical explosions when knocked together. The aptly named Explore mode gives you a set of puzzles that exploits each type of block. Adventure mode tasks you with helping cute animal characters accomplish their many goals. There's also the Create mode, which allows you to build your own levels — a nice touch given how fast you'll want to whip through the game's content.

Boom shaka laka

I did have minor problems with the camera because the view can become easily obscured and I really wanted to be able to zoom in or move the viewpoint around a little more than the game allowed but the game is so much fun, I hardly noticed. Boom Blox offers a great gaming experience with a ton of replayability; you'll have to excuse the pun but this is one title that truly does qualify as a 'summer blockbuster.'

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Be the first to comment.

Post new comment

Users posting comments agree to the Good Gear Guide comments policy.

Login or register to link comments to your user profile, or you may also post a comment without being logged in.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?