|System: WiiWare||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: ARS System Works||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Aksys Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 27, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The biggest selling point of Family Table Tennis is certainly its price: you can download this game for just 500 Wii Points ($5.00). It's one of the cheapest WiiWare games currently available, and at the same time, it's just as fun as some other, more expensive downloadable titles. If you're expecting a deep, intricate game, then Family Table Tennis will definitely be disappointing. But if you're just looking for a fun, easy-to-play multiplayer game, then it's hard to go wrong with this title.
The presentation of the game is also fairly impressive for so cheap a title. The cel-shaded graphics are simple but well-done and are generally nice to look at. They've got more aesthetic appeal than Miis, at least -- I don't know about anybody else, but I'm getting kind of tired of my appendage-less representation. The music is less impressive but it's not that big of a problem, as it really just serves as background noise while you play the game.
All told, Family Table Tennis is probably the biggest surprise I've encountered with WiiWare thus far. It's by no means a great game, but it really exemplifies the pick-up-and-play attitude that seems so prevalent with the Wii.
That said, it's still fun for the more hardcore gamers out there, and it's a great way to get non-gamers into video games. Essentially, Family Table Tennis is a cheap, enjoyable multiplayer game -- if that's what you're looking for, then this is a title you should definitely think about downloading.
CCC Freelance Writer