Best of the Wii: Zack & Wiki: The Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

by Andrew Brown and Mike Gamin - October 1, 2012, 9:14 am PDT
Total comments: 2

We saved some love for an overlooked classic.

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If you, like many others, missed Zack & Wiki when the Capcom puzzle-adventure game came out in 2007, now is a good time catch up!

Hear Mike and Andrew reminisce about the charm, music, and fun of one of the Wii's best!

This podcast was edited by Nate Andrews.

Talkback

ShyGuyOctober 01, 2012

So glad this made the list. Probably the Wii's most underrated title.

ejamerOctober 01, 2012

A real shame this game didn't get a better reception, but for every person who loved and lauded Zack & Wiki there seemed to be someone else with the opposite opinion.

I think the trial-and-error of some levels turned a lot of people off, as did the extremely cute presentation. (Neither was a detractor for me though.)  And while embracing motion controls was really cool, it also created a lot of gimmicks - some of the best on the system in my opinion - which seemed to turn off anyone who wasn't interested in non-traditional controls. It's hard to blame them after having to figure out how to manage the sword item in one late level; the level of accuracy needed just wasn't there.

My favorite stages were in the haunted house world, where a few clever puzzles stumped me at first until getting a better grasp on the rules for that level, and then left me laughing and thinking about how enjoyable the game was.

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