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After the success of Wii-Fit other developers are producing games that use the Balance Board. Family Ski (We Ski in the US) is one of the first games to use the board in a proper game setting. It expands on the success of Slalom, Ski Jumping and Snow Boarding in Wii-Fit, taking the Skiing genre out on the slopes.
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Family Ski makes maximum use of the Wii controllers (and balance board if you have one) to reproduce the feel of skiing around an alpine resort. The Wii-mote and Nun-chuck are used as ski poles. Simply strike them down towards the ground to push yourself forward and tuck them in to crouch for improved speed.
Clean simple graphics and controls combine with the use of the Mii's (previoulsy created on your Wii) make for an involving ski environment. The races, slalom and mogul events have the look of Ski Sunday. The freestyle mode lets you explore the mountain, picking ski runs at will that range from leisurely powder to speed inducing ice slopes. The four player racing makes this a great game for family fun, or more competitive times once the kids are in bed.
Each run only lasts a few minutes, making the game suitable for short half hour sessions. The nature of the controls means that it takes a little while to get accustomed to, therefore to get the most out of the game longer sessions should be considered.
The super simple motion controls make this game easy to control for younger players. Our three your old loved catching ski-lifts and whizzing back down the slopes. Novice players should find there little barrier to entry, although more the experienced may not find the game as challenging as they would hope. Family Ski is focused on family fun rather than being an out and out ski racing game.
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