Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)
Adventure 25 June 2007
The fourth major installment of the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom. In the game the player assumes the role of ex-cop Leon S. Kennedy, a character well known from the second entry in the franchise. As a special agent responsible for protecting the presidential family, he goes to Europe in order to find the missing daughter of the US president. The trail leads to a small village in Spain. The village is controlled by a mysterious sect and the citizens are infected with a virus which causes mutations. During the game one will face hordes of zombies as well as more demanding bosses, such as giant monsters or the powerful leader of the sect, Osmund Saddler. Resident Evil 4 retains the dark feel of the previous installments and the game contains puzzles, but gameplay mechanics were greatly changed and the new engine allowed the developers to create faster and more dynamic action sequences. The game also contains many quick-time events.
Back to the Future (Wii)
An episodic adventure game based on Back to the Future, the cult film trilogy by Robert Zemeckis. The game was developed by experts in this genre Ė American studio Telltale Games, also known for such titles as Sam & Max and a couple CSI games. The game depicts the adventures of two film heroes: Marty McFly and the crazy scientist Dr. Emmett Brown, taking off six months after the conclusion of the trilogy. Gameplay boils down to exploration, conversations, puzzle solving, and collecting useful items. The game consists of six episodes, originally distributed in regular time intervals. Back to the Future features colorful, cartoonish graphics. As for the audio, the crazy doctor was voiced by Christopher Lloyd, who reprised his role from the film.
Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero (Wii)
Adventure 10 July 2008
A side entry in the classic survival horror series from Capcom; originally developed exclusively for Nintendo GameCube console, but later released for Nintendo Wii (under the name Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero). Story-wise, it is a prequel to the entire series, telling about the special force unit S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team, which has been sent to Raccoon City, but never reached it. We take control of Rebecca Chambers, a lone survivor of the squad, after a helicopter crash forced her to join forces with former convict Billy Coen. Gameplay isnít much different from previous games in the series, introducing tagging. We can freely swap between both protagonists, each of which has unique strong and weak points. This feature is crucial for gameplay, with some tasks requiring close cooperation of both characters.
An original two-dimensional adventure game developed by Amanita Design - an independent Czech studio popular for the Samorost series. The action is set in a bizarre world made entirely of metal. All the plants, wildlife and humans were replaced by robots. The player assumes the role of one such robot, wrongfully sent to a junkyard. Once back in town, the protagonist discovers the existence of a conspiracy aiming to murder its leader. He decides to prevent the murder attempt and tries to get back his girlfriend along the way. The game is based on the classic point-and-click mechanics and the player collects various items when exploring subsequent locations and solves a set of relatively simple puzzles. Machinarium stands out with its well-made hand-drawn visuals inspired by industrial architecture, old and rusty machinery, as well as by classics of science-fiction literature.
Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo (Wii)
Adventure 20 October 2009
An action adventure game developed under the supervision of Bandai Namco. The players have the possibility of experiencing the fantastic exploits of Goku and his friends. The plot, based on the events of the manga series by Akira Toriyama, features unique humor which is the hallmark of the franchise. The title also offers Japanese dubbing (characters are voiced by the actors known from the original) and an atmospheric soundtrack. The three-dimensional graphics that use actual designs of the legendary cartoonist are also noteworthy. Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo features several game modes: starting from a story module that lets us follow the adventures from the Red Ribbon to the Piccolo saga and ending with the Versus mode in which we can fight duels using the characters we unlocked.
Secret Files: Tunguska (Wii)
Adventure 25 April 2008
A classic, two-dimensional point-and-click adventure game developed by German studio Fusionsphere Systems. The story of the game is closely related to the famous Tunguska event which occurred in 1908 and which to this day was never fully explained. There are a few theories explaining what occurred there and some of them are quite unusual. The main protagonist of the game is Nina Kalenkov, a Russian girl living in Germany. As she sets out to meet with her father, in his office she finds chaos and documents scattered all over the room. In order to find her father and explain the situation, she travels to the other end of the world accompanied by her colleague Max Gruber. In Secret Files: Tunguska the player can explore more than one hundred various locations and speaks to 25 characters. The graphics of the game combine two-dimensional, pre-rendered backgrounds with three-dimensional characters created using motion capture technology.