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FlingSmash review

Back with another one of those block-rockin' games...

Fling. Smash. Like Ronseal Five Year Woodstain, the clue is right there in the name. In FlingSmash you use the Wii MotionPlus controller to "fling" Zip, a sort of Pacman meets the ball from Breakout, so that he "smashes" blocks. You do the flinging. He does the smashing.

What starts out an homage to the primitive fun of Arkanoid soon becomes an incredibly sweet, points-chasing, puzzle-action side-scroller, with each level requiring you to collect at least three of the five medallions hidden to varying degrees - some in plain sight, others awarded upon victory in impromptu mid-level minigames.

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You'll generally collect these as a matter of course, the real challenge is in stringing together smashes and combo blocks to earn the highest score possible.

Smashing Fun

Powerups allow Zip to increase in size, or to split himself in three, while some worlds present the charming yellow fellow in a different form: either metallic (in which he's more obviously influenced by gravity and can't be flung as hard) or tiny (in which he's essentially weightless).

Subsequent worlds introduce new features too, such as bounce pads and cannons, and new kinds of blocks produce unexpected results, such as stopping time temporarily or turning all other blocks into diamonds.

There's even an end-of-level feature analogous to Mario's flagpole - five walls of blocks which, when broken through in the correct way, award you a bunch of extra points. After each level your score is charted over time spent on the level, with your efforts summed up by a B, A or S rank.

The "fling" mechanic works brilliantly. It's precise enough to allow for some minigolf style minigames, in which the Wii MotionPlus controller is used to control an on-screen staff to smack Zip into numbered blocks in sequence.

Other games involve Zip essentially being used as a tennis ball - score highly enough in a world and you'll unlock these games and more outside of the main game.

FlingSmash comes bundled with the new Wii Remote Plus, essentially a Wii Remote with a built-in Wii MotionPlus, and there's more than enough enjoyment to be had beyond its basic premise to warrant a purchase.

This is an edited version of a review that appears in the December of Official Nintendo Magazine. For more in-depth analysis and screenshots buy the magazine here.


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  1. Hylian_Grouch Thursday 18th Nov 2010 at 16:49

    im sure the games good, but my remote plus seems to not quite be as accurate as the motion plus add on. i wouldnt buy it for the remote if i were you

  2. MarioMagic Thursday 18th Nov 2010 at 16:49

    Its OK I suppose.................... :roll:
    (First comment..... tiny woop....)

  3. mario galaxy101 Thursday 18th Nov 2010 at 17:13

    got it yesterday from GAME. Its really boring and the game never does what you do.
    Get the remote plus by itself .

  4. wikiisthecutest Thursday 18th Nov 2010 at 19:17

    Looks like a 71%

  5. LaytonMario3 Thursday 18th Nov 2010 at 19:48

    Knew it would get somewhere in the seventies.

  6. stupet11 Thursday 18th Nov 2010 at 22:34

    Is it just me.....or does this game sound like Wizkid on the Amiga???

    If I remember right, released by Oceam, produced by Sensible Software...Hare & co. of Sensible Soccer fame (only good with a pro comp joystick....hmmmmmmm).

  7. Gavin Rozee Friday 19th Nov 2010 at 00:27

    I ordered the game from months ago so I got it with a Wii Remote Plus for Ł34.99, which is Ł5 cheaper than a standalone Wii Remote Plus, and I got it two days early.


    Anyway. I agree with the score, although I'd maybe add a few percent onto it. It's a lot more fun in co-op.

  8. imbusydoctorwho Friday 19th Nov 2010 at 12:57


    Ign said it was bad.

  9. ChrisONM Friday 19th Nov 2010 at 15:06


    Ign said it was bad.

    And we say it's pretty good. Hooray for opinions! :wink:

  10. Cruelcumber Friday 19th Nov 2010 at 19:23

    Any game over 75% that i like the look of im going to get, i think thats on my christmas list!

  11. Cormsie Saturday 20th Nov 2010 at 14:56

    I've concinced my brother to get this, along with a couple of other games so, it's good to see its at least decent.

  12. ThOnlyEarthbound Saturday 20th Nov 2010 at 22:20

    I love the look of zip.

  13. bazmeistergen Sunday 21st Nov 2010 at 23:27

    The controls are fine, but it is a learning curve. The trick is to be gentle and look at the diagram! It is fun when you start getting S medals :)

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