Army Men: Soldiers of Misfortune Wii Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 6.0
Graphics 6.0
Sound 6.0
Value 6.0
Distributor: QVS
Classification:
 G
Reviewer:
Eddie Millarion

6.0


Army Men: Soldiers of Misfortune

The original Army Men series was quite cool which spawned a variety of incarnations from the PC to the console world. This current installment is unlike the real-time strategy versions of Army Men and is more focused as a shooter. Add in the other element that this game is suited to the younger gamer and you have an affordable kid’s game without the gore and over the top violence that one may expect to find in this gaming genre.

Soldiers of Misfortune revolves around Timmy, a young boy who finds that half his army men collection have gone rogue. Unbeknown to our young hero, his tan collection of army men have secretly captured his green army men collection and have staged a coup of this toy world.

As your little world is now in dire consequences, it’s up to Timmy to become a 3 inch action hero and thankfully for him, he has a plethora of weapons at his side to liberate the world of toys and bring peace to his little pocket of suburbia. Tommy also has the aid of the green army which will assist in his liberation of this nefarious coup.

Okay, the story is extremely clichéd, however this is what DSI Games are known and younger gamers may get a kick out of it, I’m still a little mixed about the situation.

In its essence, this game is a kid friendly shooter that contains five different chapters, set in different parts of the home, each with their own mission goals. The main goal is to explore the gaming environment in order to find supply crates and liberate your green army men from the tan army. There are some bosses available as you progresses and the gameplay is quite simplistic at the best of times.

The control system of the title makes use of the uniqueness of the Wii controls, with the stick used to control your character, B to shoot and the wiiremote to aim. Although on paper it seems quite sturdy, the only issue that we found with the control system of Soldiers of Misfortune is that responsiveness of the movement which does become a tad frustrating if you are being attacked or moving on precariously areas. Needless to say, it tested by patience and my 12 year old nephew who actually played this considerably better than this old gaming veteran.

The combat is quite easy as you point your controller to where you want to shoot and it should be noted that there are sometimes quite a few enemies to engage. Unfortunately the control of Timmy interferes with this process.

Graphically, Army Men: Soldier’s of Misfortune has the look and feel of a third party title that contains simplistic animations that actually look like toys. A little bit more detail would have been nice and thankfully there are some special effects thrown in for good manages. The game feels like a Nintendo 64 game with the lack of detail which is a shame for this franchise.

The soundtrack is extremely ambient and the sound effects are a little dull when compared to the rest of the gameplay. I understand that these are “toys”, however in those classic space games, we always hear sound there.

In conclusion, Army Men: Soldier’s of Misfortune is a considerably cheaper game than the current “blockbuster” releases on the Wii and this is definitely a kid friendly title without the gore or violence. As they are toys, no one really gets hurt, besides our little hero Timmy. The control system of the game is awkward at the best of times, especially when attempting to move that almost feels like you are moving through thick liquid. At the end of the day, it’s an interesting attempt of franchise that seems like the beta-testing went awry.






 
 



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