Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs Wii


Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
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  1. More successful as a single-player experience, which can be seen as good or bad depending on your inclination.
  2. This vocational minigame collection provides some wacky fun, despite sometimes feeling like a chore.
  3. Unusual mini-game entertainment built specifically for kids.
  4. Help Wanted is easily one of the more interesting mini-game collections on the Wii. Its flaws prevent it from being truly special, but the core mechanics and presentation of games make it one to watch for, especially if you enjoy any of Hudson Soft’s multiplayer/mini-games on the Wii or any other gaming platform.
  5. Given the lack of quality motion titles and siminicol games (part simulation, part mini-game and part collecting), Help Wanted is a nice addition to one's game collection.
  6. There's not much fun to be had here. The games are too short and the cut scenes are too long. Very young children might see things differently, so you might consider it for the little ones.
  7. You'll likely find yourself sticking to a select few when they become available, which is disappointing because the premise itself is so good. For that reason alone, we recommend a rent. If you end up liking the bulk of what's on offer here, you can always adopt Help Wanted for good.
  8. Nintendo Gamer
    Do minigames become more playable when coupled with a story that would have cinema goers lobbing popcorn at the screen? Answer: not really. [May 2009, p.60]
  9. Games Master UK
    Full of odd novelty that, while funny, doesn't really outweigh the stinking games. [May 2009, p.83]

Awards & Rankings

#54 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 29, 2013
    I am an adult playing this game and I would recommend it more for teens/adults than younger children. Without basic reading skills, there isI am an adult playing this game and I would recommend it more for teens/adults than younger children. Without basic reading skills, there is lots of humor that might be missed in dialogue. There is also coordination skills needed. The game has faulty controls/tasks that must be completed under a certain short amount of time. Graphically, this game in a "cutesy anime style", is great. I really like that there is no blood or major violence-- but the humor can be offensive! I also like how it has a strong theme of doing any kind of silly job and doing it well rather than poorly. There are a wide varieties of jobs to choose from. The storyline is also unique yet compelling. You must save the world from random flying space objects heading toward earth by earning money from working and buying items shopping on tv, so that the space objects are propelled further away from the earth by the shopping items. If you don't do the mini games well, it will take a really long time to complete the game. Gameplay ranges from medium to extremely difficult. I did not find this game easy to play due to the constant time constraints on both the mini games and for purchasing shopping items to ward off the flying space objects with. Problems in game arise with diverse controls for each mini game. If you don't have a well-functioning wii remote, this game will not be enjoyable. Another problem is game play is tedious at times. There is little character exploration and more focus on repeating and mastery of the mini games. Sound and music are neither compelling nor overly annoying. I've played this game in both one-person completely for one time only and two-person with a friend. Assuming you are not trying to cheat in any way, gameplay time to complete the game in one-player takes a very long time, unless mini games are played well. In two-player, my friend got frustrated immediately and stopped playing the game with me because with such wacky controls in such a short period of time he wanted to play something else that was easier and more consistent in the controls to start playing with initially. Saving the game can not be easy at times as mini games have to be completed in order to save. Overall, an inspiring and creative game. If you enjoy this Wii game, I encourage you to check out "Space Camp" too. It's also a "cutesy anime" compelling mini-game style too. Personally I think "Space Camp" is better than this game because there is more character exploration and customization. But this game has great humor and was enjoyable for me to play once in one-player mode. Full Review »
  2. BruceB
    May 17, 2009
    The games themselves are a HUGE cut above the dreck that pollutes so much of the shovelware minigame comps that flood the Wii marketplace. The games themselves are a HUGE cut above the dreck that pollutes so much of the shovelware minigame comps that flood the Wii marketplace. The problem with the game is largely with the lack of online capability and the ridiculous story line that holds it all together. A minigame collection should be reviewed based on the fun that the games themselves provide however and Hudson is well established as the Cadillac line of software for casual gamers. This game ranks right up there with the Mario Party series for gaming fun and replay value. The game isn't for the hard-core gaming crowd, but that group isn't the target audience anyway. The Wii has a massive demographic of casual gamers that are starved for quality titles that can be picked up, played, and then replayed at liesure. While it seems like new titles come out almost weekly that target the casual gaming crowd it's rare that one can use the word "quality" with a straight face when reviewing them. Help Wanted is one such rare quality compilation. Full Review »