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Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games

by Matthew Blundon - March 11, 2010, 3:46 am PST
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Looks like the snow melted before these bears could play their dull selection of winter games.

The WiiWare service has seen quite a few strange titles, ranging from Super Meat Boy to the creepy Muscle March. Ranking up with those strange titles is Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games, a mini-game compilation in which you assume the role of a bear and progress through a variety Winter-themed mini-games.

Whenever the words ‘mini-game compilation’ and ‘Wii’ come together in the same sentence, the end result is usually anything but spectacular, and while Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games is certainly no mold breaker, the game takes a different approach on the genre by focusing on winter-themed sports.

Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games is designed to appeal to younger audiences, and chances are they’ll enjoy playing the game. Right from the start, players are given the opportunity to make their own bear using a large variety of clothing and skin templates. In this manner, players can craft the perfect teddy bear to play as.

As a solo experience, the package is pretty dull. Of course the usual snow-themed games are present, such as snowball fights and snowman building; most of what the game has to offer is pretty forgettable. In the snowball fight, for instance, players use the Wii Remote in conjunction with the Nunchuk to try and hit as many rabbits as possible within a set time limit. Christmas tree decorating, as you’d expect, involves players decorating their very own Christmas tree, which probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, especially when Christmas is still quite a far bit away yet. Despite the gameplay being somewhat underwhelming, the motion controls actually work pretty well.

Besides playing each of the games solo multi-player options have also been implemented, which is great due to the audience the game is being catered towards. The multi-player works primarily the same as in single player mode, which means the repetitiveness carries over.

Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games is not a worthwhile investment. The game feels very rushed and repetitive, and it would’ve been nice to see Teyon spice up the game a little. Sure, it is being aimed at five year-olds who no doubt will enjoy it, but it may get old for older players. . In short, there are better mini-game collections on the Wii than this.

Score

Graphics Sound Control Gameplay Lastability Final
4 4 7 4 3 4
Graphics
4

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so while five year-olds might adore the visual direction, it clearly has shovelware written all over it.

Sound
4

Five year-olds will probably love the music, but everyone else will want to discard it as quickly as possible.

Control
7

Perhaps the most redeeming feature of Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games is that the controls actually work pretty decently. Besides the slight problem of some movement recognition, the controls work well for the most part.

Gameplay
4

Dull, repetitive, and cheap. Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games does the impossible by making snowball fights and Christmas tree decorating boring.

Lastability
3

Just like everything else with Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games, five year-olds will find themselves enjoying the game, despite the lack of content.

Final
4

It’s a shame that Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games turned out the way it did as it certainly had quite a bit of potential. In short, if you want a good winter-themed mini-game collection, maybe investing in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is a smarter idea, as you’ll want to stay far away from Hubert and his winter games.

Summary

Pros
  • Controls work well
Cons
  • Can get repetitive
  • Gameplay is dull
  • Graphics are ugly
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Genre Sports
Developer Teyon
Players1 - 16
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Worldwide Releases

na: Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games
Release Feb 08, 2010
PublisherTeyon
RatingEveryone
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