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  • Summary: [WiiWare] Grab your Wii Remote controller and build a balanced stack in this physics-based puzzler, featuring 100 levels that challenge not only your skills but also your imagination. The game is easy to pick up and hard to put away. Play alone or invite a friend to grab a second Wii Remote controller and drop in at any point for co-op play. There's even a dedicated two-player split-screen "versus" mode for extra fun. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. A simple idea perfectly executed. It deserves a place among your favourite Wii Channels. [May 2010, p.75]
  2. Not only are the physics in the game absolutely spot-on, but the intuitive control scheme made possible by the Wii Remote makes playing the game easy and fun.
  3. With two-player co-op and versus modes adding a welcome dose of multiplayer fun to the package, Art of Balance is nothing short of essential.
  4. What sounds basic is a surprisingly compelling physics-based head-scratcher. [July 2010, p.95]
  5. An ingenious puzzle game, with an extremely high number of levels and a deep gameplay.
  6. By combining addictive gameplay with simple controls and throwing in two fun multiplayer modes for good measure, Shin’en aims to please.
  7. 80
    Yet another solid addition to the growing roster of great WiiWare games, Art of Balance proves its makers' pedigree yet again, with a solid concept backed by great physics, sublime music and striking visuals.

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  1. Aug 5, 2011
    9
    Simple, elegant, and beautiful, Art of Balance is an instant classic. My only beef with this game is that the lack of community content (that could transform this fairly short title into a daily ritual) feels like a real missed opportunity. Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2011
    8
    As the review says: a simple idea, very nicely executed. I really enjoyed the Art of Balance ... for as long as it lasted. Only a cheap game, but it would have benefited from a bit more challenge. One or two levels really get you thinking, but the majority are fairly brief and getting through all 4 levels only takes 2 or 3 hours. Lots of potential here for community content, or for a Tetris style time challenge, or at least a World of Goo style open-ended height challenge. Still, for a few Wii Points you certainly can't go wrong. A particularly nice water shader gives a satisfying effect to the whole thing. Calm, fairly challenging, very satisfying. Highly recommended. Expand

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