WOODEN SEN’SEY ★★★ 3 Neko Entertainment, Wii U
Another indie game for the steadily growing stable on the Wii U, Wooden Sen’Sey has its own brand of aesthetic and gameplay that has just enough appeal to entice you to try it. Meet Goro, the village chief who is on a quest for revenge on his enemies, most of whom appear to be black blobs. Unlike other recent releases for Nintendo’s platforms, Wooden Sen’Sey isn’t trying to imitate the art style of the 8-bit era. It’s unashamedly modern, with some nice graphics and a decent level of difficulty. There are nine levels to work your way through, with environments ranging from Japanese temples and boats to the ocean floor. As you move through the worlds, you build on Goro’s skills, adding attacks and weapons. Getting the hang of these new attacks can be both frustrating and fun, as some are far more effective than others. Attacks can be limited, and controlling Goro can be a bit problematic at times. It just all feels a little slow.
But as a quick play, the game is nice to look at and easy to pick up.