Friday, May 21, 2010

Video game number one hundred and thirty one: WTF: Work Time Fun

Video game number one hundred and thirty one in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "WTF: Work Time Fun"

Work Time Fun is very similar to the Nintendo series of WarioWare games, except it's a little more grown up. Seems to be aimed at twenty-somethings, instead of little kids. Actually, I suppose that's not the best description I could think of, because WarioWare is definitely not exclusively for kids (I love most of the games in that series), but this one just felt a little more mature than the Wario games.

Anyway...this game is a mish-mash of a bunch of mini-games, and you're an "employee" who earns paychecks playing them. They range from the easy (putting caps on pens), to the difficult (counting people in crowds). The more money you earn, the more you have to spend in the gumball machines. Each gumball machine costs 5 dollars, 10 dollars, 15 dollars and so on. Each gumball you buy earns you a prize, or possibly a new mini game.

One of the mini games I was able to unlock involved sorting baby chickens. Some of the chicks were dressed as girls, some were dressed as boys. You'd send the boys to the "boy box", the girls to the "girl box" and if you happened to stumble across a dead one (with a halo over his head), you'd send that one off to heaven. I know this sounds silly, but sorting for speed was quite a bit of fun.

Overall score? 7/10. This game was a lot of fun, and at first..I was leaning towards an 8 or a 9. Then the games started to get repetitive. Sure, you can win money and unlock many more games with the gumball machine, but you don't always win a game...meaning it turns into a grind eventually. I hate the grind, and I just didn't have the patience to keep trying. In the end, I had about 7 unlocked...and I had gotten as good at them as I was going to get. I don't think this is one I would buy, but it was a nice rental for the plane ride. If it came down to 10 or 15 bucks, I might pick it up.

Achievements? It's a PSP game, so..negatory.

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