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Game of the Week - BOOM BLOX Bash Party



Produced by Electronic Arts in collaboration with Stephen Spielberg, BOOM BLOX Bash Party is the sequel to the critically acclaimed BOOM BLOX game released last year.

Like the original BOOM BLOX (rated one of the Top 10 Video Games of 2008 by The Online Mom), Bash Party is centered around the always-satisfying task of knocking down blocks. You use the Wii controller to throw bowling balls and baseballs, launch paint balls and bombs, shoot cannons and lasers, and basically do everything you can to destroy (and occasionally build) your way through a range of puzzles.

Although there is still Jenga-like gameplay which concentrates on block-by-block removal, the main focus of the new version is destruction and lots of it! There are new block shapes and materials, new weapons and forces to attack the blocks, and many more challenges and puzzles than the original. All told, there are more than 400 levels to explore, most of them in brand new environments, with new characters and striking visuals.

A variety of cartoon animals and characters inhabit all the levels of Bash Party. In many cases, players will need to knock down or blow up these characters to stop them getting in the way of a player’s objective. But don’t worry, there’s no gore. Most of the characters jump up, dust themselves off and live to annoy you another day!
 
Although single-player mode could keep you busy forever, the multiplayer action is where the real fun starts. Most of the levels can be played either cooperatively or competitively, with each player carefully lining up shots or scrambling to blast as many blocks as they can. At most levels there is significant strategy involved, making the game engaging for adults as well as kids.

There is also a limited online component, where players can share completed levels and creations with friends and the general online community.

BOOM BLOX Bash Party is available online through Amazon.com.

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
RRP: $39.99
ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone
 



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