Elebits

Published by Konami, Developed by Konami

Genres: Platformer (4 players)

US release date: Dec 12th, 2006 | EU release date: May 4th, 2007

Elebits review

Original, fun, couldn't be done on any other console.

Ginger Bloke wrote this game review.

Review written by
Ginger Bloke

I picked up Elebits as a bit of a gamble. Worried that I was rushing through Zelda too quickly and would inevitably finish it, and somewhat bored and sore from Wii Sports, I was unable to get hold of many other games, particularly as I'm trying to import US games into the UK.

So when I saw that a certain company had a stock of Elebits, I was in a quandary. Sure it looks pretty, and causing chaos in a house sounds great, but it essentially looked like a puzzle games, and frankly I hate puzzle games. I suck at them, my wife's great at them, and no end of embarrassment ensues.

Elebits screenshotWhen booting up Elebits, I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only does the game feature a very full tutorial system, the actual mission levels are challenging but forgiving. Plus, they actually feel a lot more like FPS levels than puzzle game levels. The game controls similarly to, although much more tightly than, games like Red Steel and Call of Duty 3. Although there is a lot of depth to the gameplay, the basics are very quick to pick up.

In terms of gameplay, the idea is simple. You must collect little electrical critters called Elebits, which build up as wattage in your collection gun. Through each level your gun can be powered up, allowing you to lift heavier objects and therefore get to the Elebits behind or under them.

Graphically, the game is fairly impressive. The rooms are detailed and comprehensive, almost everything is possible to interact with. You may start off only able to pick up a pizza box or open a cupboard door, but within a few minutes you'll be powered up and throwing sofas and chests of drawers across the room like the Hulk! And yes, it's a very fun and fulfilling experience indeed, demolishing somebody's kitchen or living room. That'll teach them to have such nice things...

Elebits screenshotIn terms of sound, I guess it really depends what your cup of tea is, so to speak. While the Elebits themselves sound great with little squeals as you unearth them, I found the soundtrack of bland, trippy techno to be mind-numbing after a while. Fortunately, each level has its own music, and as most levels are only around 10 minutes long, there's at least a decent selection. I would love to see a sequel utilise MP3s on an SD card though, as Excite Truck does. Tearing apart a room while listening to Metallica would be SO much more satisfying! ;-)

Another huge positive point about the game is its level editor mode. As you progress through the single player missions, you unlock various bonus videos and artwork, but more importantly items to use in an extensive level editor. Create your own little Elebit death trap and invite friends round for the slaughter - oh yes! A multiplayer option gets a little confused, but is a nice icing on an already impressive cake.

I would recommend it to anyone who fancies an original, fun experience on Wii, which literally couldn't work on any other platform.

74%

Gameplay: Gameplay score: 8

Graphics: Graphics score: 7

Sound: Sound score: 6

Lifespan: Lifespan score: 9

User comments

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Ekaj185 said:

Awesome review. I completely agree.

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Jason Pilcher said:

I think I might want this game.

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Killamanjaro said:

Ye-ah! I'm buying it!

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I need a wii... ew said:

This probably going to be my next Wii game. But I'll have to remember, I have 2 look for eledees. That name sort of makes sense though (eledees- L.E.Ds, say them they're pronounced the same, so if you think it was like calling it Wii instead of revolution).

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wii said:

It doesn't deserve B+! It deserves an A.

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Wiimaster said:

I love this game!

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Master Foot said:

Elebits or Eledees? Choices.

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SSBM MAD said:

Great review, I'll probably buy this game now. Thanks a bunch!

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Scooby Jew said:

Wait a sec, does that say "my wife"?

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asparaWIIgus said:

Awesome game. I love it.

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Aris said:

I have this game and it is excellent. Probably the best use of the Wii controls I've seen on any game I've played yet. Great for kids too.

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crow said:

Very nice game.

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Gamer Ellie said:

It's the best! It sounds cute.

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