Zack and Wiki is a Adventuring game available on the Wii. It can be played in Cooperative Sharedscreen modes.
Zack and Wiki is a Adventuring game. Adventure games are enjoyed for two reasons: they provide enemy encounters that require tactics and strategy to conquor, and they create a fantasy world in which to explore and adventure.
Zack and Wiki can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Zack and Wiki can be played in a Sharedscreen mode. Shared Screen Multiplayer games create a multiplayer experience where players all share the same screen space. Rather than splitting the screen into portions for each player the game scales to fit each player in view even when they are a long way apart. Football and fighting games often take this approach as the shared view doesn't impede the players ability to take part in the action.
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Zack and Wiki's adventure puzzles got us working together more than we do playing board games. Although the character's cartoon death was a little much for our young kids, we still enjoyed solving puzzles as a team.
I originally bought Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure with the intention of playing myself. I was having withdrawal symptoms having finished Little King's Story. I figured the cutesy graphics would hit the same sweet spot and I'd heard the puzzles were challenging. The game has been around for a few years now, meaning it is readily available used at low prices.
Zack and Wiki is a bit like Marmite (European yeast spread) you either love it or hate it. It offers one of the best proper game experiences outside of Nintendo's own first party line up. The game delivers a solid traditional adventure that turns out to be strangely engrossing. What's more, you play the game entirely via the Wii-mote. This provides a simple and direct interface that is the result of a developer properly investing time with Nintendo's tricky little controller.
The game puts you in control of Zack, a young whiper snapper of a lad, in somewhat oversized pirate garb. He tackles his various adventures with his trusty side-kick Wiki - a strange breed of golden monkey with the ability to fly using just his tail for propulsion. The story begins with Zack and Wiki being attacked by the dastardly Rose Rock pirates. To cut a long story short, this results in them having to eject from their plane and crash land on an Island. Queue the discovery of a treasure map and you have the makings of a familiar adventure game narrative.
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