|System: PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SCE||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sony||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept 2006||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1 - 5||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|Preview by Ryan||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
By Ryan Schultz
WTF an abbreviation normally used in times of anger, discouragement, or bewilderment. In this case, WTF stands for Work Time Fun, the name of the rather odd mini-game title hitting the PSP this fall. Mini-games have come a far way from just being an extra or addition to a larger game. In fact, these fast-paced and quick-witted games have started to carve out a nice little niche in the video game market. Work Time Fun looks like it will fit in quite well.
Being developed by D3Publisher, WTF isnt afraid to mess with your mind by offering up a plethora of twisted and truly bizarre challenges your way. The Job Demon, your resident work spirit, assigns you a number of tasks to complete. With very little direction and a dose of confusion, its up to you to figure out how to perform each job. Just dont expect to know whats going on when you have to control a drunken mayor whos trying to cut a ribbon at a ceremony. Yes, its that weird.
The game is so weird in fact that some of the mini games you can expect to encounter include a burping Simon says, a chicken counting contest, a wood chopping marathon, and a timed karate chopping game. Youll even find yourself holding the PSP in a vertical position like a book as you write down dinner orders. Each game will increase with speed and difficulty as you progress, forcing the player to keep up or.,well, exclaim WTF!
By completing the mini games, youll be rewarded with money, which you can use on a giant gumball machine. The results can be anything from unlocking more mini games, to small trinkets and prizes that are stored in a gallery. You can even unlock certain tools such as, and this is not a joke, a world time clock or a ramen noodle timer.
On the graphical front, WTF offers a style as bizarre as the gameplay itself. Everything from animated 8-bit sprites to full motion video of Japanese models and everything in between will be on display for your viewing pleasure. Musically, the game offers up funky beats and techno tracks, but most of the games only feature sound effects, which actually seems to take away from the frantic pace of the game.
With over 40 different mini-games to unlock and a five-person ad hoc multiplayer mode, Work Time Fun should offer enough replay value for your buck once the game releases on September 26th.
By Ryan Schultz
CCC Freelance Writer