|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson Soft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 14, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As an example of some of the games on offer, there's a cow-farming mini where you're using both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to - you guessed it - tug on a cow's utters. You'd think it would be a pretty straightforward affair, but the mini-game is made unnecessarily complicated. You'll need to hold both controllers upright while holding the B and Z buttons respectively. However, you have to tug the cow's utters in time with icons that flash on the screen. The timing is very unforgiving, the controls feel clumsy, and there's also no visual representation for left-handed players, which can make things even more confusing.
There are, however, quite a few entertaining mini-games, such as the tailor job. This one is actually set up like a racing game, where you have to steer the sewing machine (using just the Wii Remote turned sideways) along a guided pattern. You can speed up and slowdown (useful when navigating corners of a seam), and any extra time remaining at the end of the job is tacked on as a bonus. You can only perform one job per day, and Sundays are an automatic off day (which is a good day to do your shopping).
In addition to the story mode, there are a handful of one-vs.-one multiplayer options. You can choose to set a cash limit where the player who reaches the cash goal first wins; you can set a specific number of rounds; set the number of wins; and finally, there's an option called Free For All, which lets you compete in one mini-game at a time. There isn't any online functionality, though it's not greatly missed, since the mini-games on offer here are geared toward more of a party atmosphere.
The presentation for Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs is really quite fun and entertaining. The visuals are on par with last-generation titles, but the entire game has a nice polish to it. The art style is something of a cross between Elite Beat Agents and Cooking Mama, and there's a healthy mix of 2D cutscenes and 3D gameplay - everything looks tight and attractive. Though there's no voice work, the humorous dialogue and character expressions come across great. The music is fun and fitting with the gameplay, and overall, Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs is a delightful package.
Ultimately, that's really the game's best feature - its packaging. As wonderfully silly as the story is, and how nicely pieced together the different elements of the game are, there are quite a few minis that just don't make the cut. You'll likely find yourself sticking to a select few when they become available, which is disappointing because the premise itself is so good. For that reason alone, we recommend a rent. If you end up liking the bulk of what's on offer here, you can always adopt Help Wanted for good.
CCC Freelance Writer