WTF: Work Time Fun PSP

Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
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  1. Game Informer
    70
    As is, it falls well short of minigame standards like "Brain Age" or "WarioWare". [Nov. 2006, p.144]
  2. Worth it? Just maybe. So strange, it's worth a close look.
  3. 65
    The game's premise is ingratiating and deliciously creative, and so is the delivery.
  4. 64
    WTF has plenty of content to uncover, aside from the main challenges, but much of the fun escapes too quickly. It does have a wicked sense of style, so anyone looking for a funky game with pick-up-and-play content may want to check it out.
  5. It's possible that this will end up being the high end of the scores for the game [Ed: not even, Sam!] -- and Lord knows it could have gone lower, but in the midst of realizing I'd wasted as much time as I did playing, I remembered too that, for a time, I had fun doing it.
  6. 60
    Most of the games are fun, but not all of them are winners, and the presentation isn't as blown-out crazy as the forthcoming Hot PXL or the Wario Ware games.
  7. 60
    Depending on whether or not you think the game is laughing with you or at you, you're either going to appreciate the joke or feel like one of Pavlov's dogs as you helplessly salivate at each turn of the vending machine crank.
  8. But even though the game shares some DNA with gems like the WarioWare series or the trippy Katamari Damacy, WTF got the short end of the genetic stick. If you’re going to spend your free time doing something that’s ultimately pointless and repetitive, you might as well get a real job.
  9. 60
    If you think about this game too much, then playing it can be disheartening, as it takes the feeling that you're completely wasting your time and really drives it home. However, some of the simple little mini-games are oddly addicting.
  10. There are some mini-games that were genuinely fun, but they couldn't hold the rest of the game on their shoulders. What could've been a fresh, original, and funny game, is unfortunately a formulaic and dull middling title.
  11. WTF: Work Time Fun can be summarized by saying "Waste of Time, Fool." The game is pointlessness incarnated, even more than "WarioWare, Inc." or "Ape Escape Academy."
  12. Had there been a shorter time limit imposed on many of the games, or some sense of progression where different jobs kept coming then WTF would have been easy to recommend. As it is, only those that really enjoy the weird sense of humor that comes out of Japan will “get” the game and want to continue playing it for longer than it takes to get 8 mushrooms across the street.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    53
    Why my laziness? Because some of the "minigames" here are actually mind-numbing test of mental endurance, about as fun as working in an Indonesian sweatshop. [Nov. 2006, p.134]
  14. PSM Magazine
    50
    The real problem with Work Time Fun is that it makes it quite a bit of work to get to any fun. [Holiday 2006, p.84]

Awards & Rankings

#44 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
#50 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jul 4, 2011
    0
    Worst game I ever played. If you LIKE to work assembly line jobs and pay to do it, this game is for you. Capping 3000 ink pens is just notWorst game I ever played. If you LIKE to work assembly line jobs and pay to do it, this game is for you. Capping 3000 ink pens is just not my idea fun. Must be retribution for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Full Review »
  2. PlaystationRevamped
    Jul 9, 2009
    9
    WTF; Work Time Fun, published by D3 Publishing, is a fun and addictive title for the Sony PSP.

    The basic premise of the game is mini-games
    WTF; Work Time Fun, published by D3 Publishing, is a fun and addictive title for the Sony PSP.

    The basic premise of the game is mini-games or 'part time jobs' as the idea goes in the game, in which you participate to earn money, which you then use on vending machines which either drop 'trinkets' - basically little items to collect, other mini games, or 'tools' - these are just little extras for everyday use, like the Ramen Timer, which you can set like an egg timer to cook ramen - however, it has a twist, depending on the gender you choose, you either have a video of a bikini clad asian female counting down in amongst many sexual inuenndo comments, or you have a muscly asian male flexing his muscles. Both however, have awful American voice overs, which makes the experience more laughable yet entirely corny.

    Moving onto the mini games themselves - these vary considerably so, from a game where you're just putting lids on pens on a production line, to a game where you're trying to get as many people to a protest whilst avoiding the police.

    Other things that add to the gaming experience is the email system, however although fake emails, sometimes you get these 'offers' in emails that either take money from you or give you money. You also recieve titles (a bit like PS3 trophies but in game) once you've acheived such and such, like played a particular game 10 times, or earnt $50.

    Lastly, there is the ad-hoc mode, which allows you to play some mini games with a partner who has a psp with the same game in the same room. Ad hoc also allows you to give and recieve trinkets in order to fill up your collection.

    Overall a brilliantly addictive game at times, although can be frustrating on some mini games which appear to make no sense. And the annoying voiceovers in the Ramen Timer can make you cringe.

    Also, if you're in the UK or anywhere other than the USA and Japan, and hoping to buy this, it's a no go unless you import it.

    Final Score - 9/10

    Review Source: http://www.psrv.co.uk/index.cgi?board=rdr&action=display&thread=3952&page=1
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  3. AdamB.
    Apr 24, 2009
    9
    The utter insanity, originality, and dark humor oozing throughout WTF makes up for the lack of actual gameplay, which results in the title The utter insanity, originality, and dark humor oozing throughout WTF makes up for the lack of actual gameplay, which results in the title playing more like a bizarre toy or a sadistic interactive experiment. Most of the minigames are tedious and pointless, and the mission objectives (where you earn special rank titles) are basically impossible. Though WTF is essentially a collection of minigames, it should not be compared to WarioWare or Hot Pixel. It's clearly not for everyone, and it would have benefited greatly from a wider selection of engaging minigames, but overall WTF is worth checking out simply because there's nothing else like it in video games, and for that I give it a high rating. Full Review »