FlingSmash – Hands-On First Impressions
WiiNintendo hands-on game impressions by hattrick.
Game – FlingSmash (Wii)
During Wii Games Summer 2010 in Redondo Beach, CA, I was able to try several pre-release games for Wii. Among these games was FlingSmash. Nintendo first debuted this Motion Plus game at E3 2009; however, we were not able to get our hands on it until 2010. After spending about 15-20 minutes with the game, I wanted to share my thoughts.
Simply put, FlingSmash is a cross between Pallurikio (WiiWare) and Tennis. You swing your Wii Remote (with Motion Plus attachment) to hit your character (who looks similar to Kirby or Jigglypuff) and send him flying. The direction and speed at which you hit him determines where he goes. Your objective is to complete each level with as many points as possible. Break blocks and collect items along the way. The screen is almost always scrolling, so you must act quickly and not get stuck. As you progress through levels, your character will transform. Some transformations include becoming heavier, becoming lighter, and becoming extremely bouncy. Depending on the situation, these changes could help you or hinder your progress. At the end of each set of levels, you face off against a boss. A fun feature of FlingSmash is the ability to play the entire game in 2-player cooperative play. You and a friend will fling your characters through each map together.
While the game was enjoyable, I did find myself holding my arm later, as it was quite sore. I imagine that if I had played closer to a half-hour or even longer, I would have been in pain. Nonetheless, this is definitely not a “waggle-fest” game. It does involve some finesse as you fling your character around. If you find yourself swinging wildly, you will also find yourself losing the game. Also, while it was enjoyable playing single-player, it was much more fun when my wife jumped in to play co-op.
Overall, we enjoyed the game, but it does seem more like a WiiWare title instead of a full-retail release. My recommendation will have to hold off until a final release price is posted for the game. Some have stated it will be a “budget price” of $30, while others are claiming a full $50 price tag with Motion Plus bundle in. No matter what, though, I do recommend at least renting the game to give it a try. It is an enjoyable experience, especially when playing 2-player co-op.