|System: Wii (WiiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ghostfire Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ghostfire Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 25, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The game is a breeze on the easiest setting, but this gives you a relatively stress-free opportunity to get accustomed to the controls and timing. The real enjoyment, and exercise benefit, in Helix comes when you kick the gameplay up a few notches. Increasing the difficulty shortens the time you have to respond to each command and also substantially ramps-up the number of moves you'll be given in each string. Playing the game on medium for 30 minutes to an hour will get you sweating, and playing for an extended amount of time on hard mode can be downright exhausting.
Helix is all about energy - you'll build it and expend it while playing. The steady thump of the upbeat, trance techno soundtrack makes it easy to get pumped-up when you dive into the energetic gameplay. All of the game's 26 songs are original compositions, and the musical selection is entirely comprised of electronic tracks. It's a perfectly fitting audio backdrop for the game, but it's difficult to distinguish one song from another - at least from the perspective of a non-techno enthusiast. The music has the tendency to get annoying over time, if you're not a fan to begin with.
Unfortunately, the game's graphics aren't particularly inspiring, presumably due to file size limitation from having all the audio crammed in. There's the dancing robot, a few on-screen indicators, and limited background visuals, but that's about it. Much of the psychedelic flairs and swirling graphical effects in the background are extremely similar to the standard EQ visuals you'll find in Windows Media Player. This is more excusable, given the limited file space allowed for WiiWare releases.
Wii Fit is a pricier option for health conscious players who like to have a good time while getting in shape, but Helix does the trick and then some at a budget price of $10. It's time to grab some Wii Remotes, fire up the beats, and get grooving. Unless you have a violent aversion to physical exercise or techno music, this rhythm dancing game is a good pick.
CCC Staff Contributor