Boom Blox Wii

Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 61 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
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  1. 100
    Boom Blox may not be the best Wii game, depending on your proclivities, but it's definitely the best use of the Wii yet. It's immensely accessible, wonderfully tactile, and stands as one of the best treatments of gaming in a 3D space.
  2. 100
    BOOM BLOX is so simple and its appeal so universal that we're hard pressed to think of another Wii game that can so effectively bring a room together... [it's] one of the most gratifying jump-in-and-play games you can get on the Nintendo Wii.
  3. 100
    Boom Blox delivers so much content, that it would be hard not to find something to love in this title. Give it a try. What looks to be rather simple is actually complex and will keep you playing for hours.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    97
    Hit me over the head like a ton of virtual bricks. [July 2008, p.74]
  5. 95
    Needless to say Boom Blox gets my highest praise not because of its masterly delivery, clever controls or intriguing levels but because it makes me and my family genuinely enjoy playing it together.
  6. Hats off to EA for taking a simple concept and turning it into a must-have title for the Wii; it's fun, addictive, and thanks to its flexibility holds mass appeal.
  7. If you are looking for a strong single player puzzler or a multiplayer party game—this should definitely be on your short list.
  8. Boom Blox offers robust creation tools that let players construct their own puzzles and levels, then share them online.
  9. Although its simplistic set-up and weird rectangular-shaped animals appear decidedly kitschy, Boom Blox is one of the Nintendo Wii's best third-party games, a work of genius from the collaborative efforts of EA and Steven Spielberg.
  10. Boom Blox is brilliant alone, fantastic with friends, a superb addition to the puzzle genre and a game that will make you glad you own a Wii. Here's hoping it's only the first of its kind.
  11. In the end, Boom Blox is an example of what can be done with the Wii Remote and that the so called "casual games" that are hated by many can be a fantastic experience. A fantastic puzzler.
  12. I'd have never thought anyone would ever make a game which combined the tactile joy of knocking down block towers with the ingenious design of a puzzle game, but Boom Blox manages it: it's fun, accessible, intense, and mentally stimulating all at once.
  13. 90
    It's also a perfect game for the entire family, being deep enough for adults to appreciate and visceral enough for kids to get a huge kick out of.
  14. Boom Blox is a fantastic game. The puzzler can certainly be called a classic in it's genre. The puzzels are diverse, challenging and are fun to play. The smoothness of the controls and the the physics of the buildings are something which we have never seen before.
  15. Boom Blox is the type of game that innocently eats up time, with you playing with a smile on your face until you realise you've been sat in the same position all evening.
  16. The upshot is one of the best Wii games yet.
  17. 90
    Boom Blox might not be the blockbuster, cinematic video game that many -- including myself -- expected from the mind of Spielberg, but that doesn't make it any less fun.
  18. Boom Blox is a great puzzle game that manages to entertain with simple means. The controls are fun and intuitive enough for anyone to be able to pick up and play the game. Despite the simple gameplay it never grows old or monotonous. Add the ability to build your own levels and you get a long lasting and greatly entertaining game for you and your friends.
  19. Spielberg's inspiration for Boom Blox came from his pondering on "creation and destruction," and what came of it is one of the most engaging and visceral games on Wii to date.
  20. When all is said and done, Boom Blox is one of the best examples of a casual title that can cater to multiple kinds of gamers: hardcore, pick-up-and-play and even children.
  21. No game is perfect, but that said, this is as close as a non-Nintendo game has come in a long while. It's most definitely worth the purchase, as it'll keep you entertained for many, many hours.
  22. Boom Blox is the type of game Wii was designed for.
  23. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    90
    Great fun for pretty much everyone, hardcore and casual gamers included. [July 2008, p.88]
  24. 90
    A true gem amongst a lot of bile in the Wii's software library.
  25. Pelit (Finland)
    90
    A very addicting puzzle game where you solve different physics-based block puzzles. The Wii controls work great in this game and everything feels very natural. The game has hundreds of levels and a very easy-to-use editor, so you can create your own levels after you have completed the game. Maybe the best part of the game is the multiplayer which has lots of different options and game modes that will keep you interested for a long time. The worst part of the game is the shooting levels that just are not very fun to play. [June 2008]
  26. I was not one that thought Steven Spielberg’s first outing was going to be a stellar one, but boy did he and EA prove me wrong.
  27. The perfect game for the Wii. A few people may be put off by the puzzle aspect of the game but it is really worth it.
  28. When it comes down to it, Boom Blox is a game that has a great, simple gameplay concept that's executed very well to become one of the premiere third-party games on the Wii, especially when looking at your multiplayer options outside of the games that Nintendo has made which tend to come to mind first for multiplayer gaming.
  29. Whilst Boom Blox may look childish, it will appeal to audiences of all ages.
  30. Nintendo Gamer
    87
    The best puzzle game on Wii and one of the most satisfying things we've played in ages. Smashing stuff is good. Very good. [July 2008, p.54]
  31. The simple concept and limited amount of ready-made content mean Boom Blox is not suited for solo use or hardcore power-players. But if you’ve got friends and you’ve got a Wii, Boom Blox approaches Wii Sports in terms of mass-appeal and playability, which for anyone who’s seen grandma bowl is definitely saying something.
  32. Games Master UK
    86
    Brilliant, but is it down to Spielberg's influence? Give us more to find out. [July 2008, p.74]
  33. 85
    Boom Blox offers a great gaming experience with a ton replayability; you'll have to excuse the pun but this is one title that truly does qualify as a "summer blockbuster."
  34. 85
    Despite the sickeningly cute presentation and naff music, it’s not hard to recommend this game to Wii owners.
  35. Boom Blox is one of the best games on Wii, and shows what can happen when a third-party developer plays to the strengths of the console as well as Nintendo does.
  36. 85
    What Boom Blox does feature is simple, old-fashioned fun.
  37. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    85
    A pleasant surprise, Boom Blox helps understanding the need of more interactive experiences, in a game that’s a serious candidate to the title of best Puzzle for Wii. At times it can be too easy, but it well-deserves the quality stamp form EA. [June 2008]
  38. The childish design and the often strong colors may not seem pleasant to all, but this is a small price to pay for such an appealing game.
  39. Will Boom Blox fill the void when you finish Grand Theft Auto IV? Will it replace your World of Warcraft addiction? No. It’s a budget priced title though, it has hotseat multiplayer (you can pass the remote on to the next person to play) and it’s a great distraction allround.
  40. It’s also a terrific drinking game. Just remember to use that Wii-mote strap, before you accidentally knuckle-ball your unrestrained and quite-real controller—rather than an imaginary, massless bowling-ball—straight ‘into’ the candy-colored Boom Blox world residing just beyond your thousand-dollar flat-screen TV. Trust me on this one.
  41. 81
    Boom Blox is one of freshest and most enjoyable puzzle games you can this generation and it is an especially good multiplayer title.
  42. Nintendo Power
    80
    The production values aren't going to win any awards, and some of the mechanics work better than others(the hose is pretty lame), but Bloom Blox is an innovative and amusing piece of entertainment worthy of the Spielberg name. [June 2008, p.87]
  43. 80
    Boom Blox does what so many Wii titles wish they could, by splitting the difference between casual players and lifelong gamers. You can pass the Wiimote to your grandma or a 5-year-old and they'll have a ball with its clever mix of brainy puzzles and satisfying explosions. But hard-core players like me will find a surprising amount of depth to the gameplay and a satisfying, addictive challenge.
  44. 80
    It's one of those rare family games that doesn't fall into the genres of minigame collection or rhythm title, and your seven-year-old kid will have as much fun as you do.
  45. Nothing about the game really rings "Spielberg," so I am not too sure how much work he actually put towards the game. The multiplayer portion does bump up the value of the title, though, and the large assortment of different single player levels with different awards for completing it under different circumstances also goes far to make the game a definite purchase.
  46. It's amazing how much there's to do in this title: lots of levels, gameplay styles, multiplayer options, and a good level editor. It's a box full of surprises!
  47. While some of the trickier puzzles may take some real time to master, especially if you want to get a gold medal on every challenge, it doesn’t take a lot of time to acclimate yourself to Boom Blox and whip through most of what it has to offer. The lasting value, then, comes from the multiplayer, which is an absolute blast, and the creation aspect, which, to be fair, isn’t for everyone.
  48. A refreshingly new and enjoyable experience, Boom Blox is exactly the type of game that deserves to do well on Wii.
  49. Boom Blox is an excellent, well rounded title.
  50. Boom Blox is a fun game. It's probably one of the better Wii games out there right now for gaming parties with your casual-gaming friends.
  51. Really good, easily approachable games are pretty hard to come by – especially on the Wii, but Boom Blox is a triumph in many respects. Whether you're playing on your own or with your friends or family, the game's difficulty slant and physical appeal drags in players and voyeurs respectively throughout the entire duration.
  52. Boom Blox is a game built for the Wii, not because of it. Unlike many other games on the platform it is hard to fathom playing without a Wiimote in your hand. If only for that reason alone it is a title that deserves attention, but thankfully there is much to praise the Boom Blox about.
  53. Edge Magazine
    80
    It has a masterful user interface. [July 2008, p.93]
  54. 80
    The ideas behind it may be simplistic, but their excellent execution is what makes Boom Blox so much fun. Its presentation and implementation make it easy to pick up and approachable by any age group; this is enjoyable, easy-going fun at its best.
  55. It's definitely worth playing. It's a gem in the Wii library.
  56. With its innovative concept, Boom Blox is the perfect example for a refreshing puzzle game and very addictive. Unfortunately, the first levels are too easy and there is no online mode.
  57. So do yourself a favor and pick this up. It’s time to throw something.
  58. It stumbles with certain game modes and its effort to appeal to kids with a poorly integrated story is ham-fisted at best, but Boom Blox is still a good game. Most of the hundreds of puzzles are fun to play alone, and it's also entertaining to taunt friends during their turn as they try to keep a tower from collapsing.
  59. Tries to cram WAY too many styles in, but multiplayer is tops.
  60. games(TM)
    60
    There's one big problem that can’t be concealed by Boom Blox's triumphs: it's almost entirely devoid of challenge. [July 2008, p.124]
  61. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    60
    A great kids game. Teens and adults without children, however, may not find Boom Blox so entertaining. [Issue#23, p.72]

Awards & Rankings

#9 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
#35 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. SteenL.
    May 19, 2008
    9
    Both me and my 8-year old (and all his friends!) really enjoy this game and have already spent many hours playing.
  2. EdP
    May 25, 2009
    7
    I think is overvaluated, I mean is not bad. But, is not son interesting as I thought. If u don't have any expectation you'll find amazing.
  3. Sdfgrts
    Jul 26, 2008
    7
    This is a okay game. I dont know where the good ratings are coming from. The graphics/voices are too little kidish. The game gets somewhat This is a okay game. I dont know where the good ratings are coming from. The graphics/voices are too little kidish. The game gets somewhat boring after the midevil part of the game. This game is pretty good for the adults who still want to play NES. But if u like the wii like an addict, ur not gonna like this game. The music gets annoying, the charaters look like they're designed for a 4 year old. Full Review »