Friday, June 5, 2009
The Weirdest, Craziest, Game EVER!
I have two words for all of you... "Muscle March" Also known as "Muscle Koushinkyoku", this WiiWare game is about the craziest thing I have ever seen. If its not the over the top Japanese music then it's definitely the overtly muscled dudes in, honestly, I don't even want to say it! Regardless of its style that would never be in a American game, its fun. That's right, I played this beast. I was able to get a hold of this game yesterday and played a quick round of it. Think of it as "Paper, Rock, Scissors" on rails. The objective of the game is to capture the person who steals your bottle of protein powder ("cough"-steroids) at the beginning of each level.
In order to complete the level you run/race in line with other muscle crazed men. The leader of the line is the thief and you need to get the others out of the way in order to tackle him. Here's where the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" aspect of the game comes in. The thief will run through walls. That's right, I said it! While in line speeding all over the level, the lead runner will strike a pose, before going through a wall. In order to get through the wall, you must match the pose or be knocked. There are four poses. Both hands up, both hands down, left up right down, right up left down. At the end of each level (after getting the others out of the way) you have to alternatively waggle the Wii-Remote and Nunchuck to speed up and eventually tackle your nemesis.
How does the game play fare? To be honest it's very arcade-like. The controls are easy to learn but the game gets harder to master. You have to be attentive at all times. In future levels the running pace is faster and sometimes the lead will strike a pose only to switch it up right before you hit the wall. Its a lot of fun and you'll definitely bust a sweat in no time! I'm going to play some more of this game later on today, maybe even introduce it to a few friends. Sadly, this game might not make a U.S. release so if you have the option to mod your Wii console, you can always install the Japanese Shop channel and purchase the game. For all of you with native Japanese Wii consoles (used for import games), just go ahead and pick this game up!
-- Enjoy some Muscle March game play footage --