|System: Wii (WiiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson Entertainment Inc.||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 1, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The WHATSITs themselves make the game quite entertaining. While you do run across a few simple race cars and even a motorcycle, most of the junk youll work on is of the bizarre variety. Prepare to be fixing everything from giant toilets, wedding cakes, and fishing boats to battle tanks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and even a space station. Not knowing quite whats coming down the pike next is part of the fun. Its also what just might keep you playing, at least for a short time.
Though Normal Mode is primarily the single-player component of the game, up to three other friends can join you with their own Wii Remotes to help your team out. The humorously titled Abnormal Mode is a more competitive form of multi-player. Two pit crew teams, which can be controlled by one or two players on each side, work against each other while repairing the same WHATSITs. The group that completes the most repairs by the time all the WHATSITs are fixed wins the match.
Cutesy characters and heavily damaged WHATSITs look good in Pit Crew Panic!, but the entire game plays out against the exact same backdrop. Also, youll be listening to the same upbeat, cheerful song over and over again, and every single girl on your team makes the same bubbly chirping sound whenever theyre done a task. When mixed with the limited play modes and repetitive gameplay, this lack of variety tends to wear down the games welcome faster than it should.
Pit Crew Panic! has some of the makings of a good game, yet its also missing a lot finishing touches. The goofy concept is fun and could have blossomed into something really interesting. Unfortunately, its held back by minor irritants and a lack of depth. WiiWare games are shorter, less elaborate, and more limited than full releases on the console, but some amazing games have indeed been produced for the service. Though its entertaining in spurts, Pit Crew Panic! is not one of them.
CCC Staff Contributor