Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs
What It Is
My generation is the first to grow up with video games in our homes and we are now having kids of our own who are playing video games at much younger ages—you should see my four-year old nephew with the Wii. So I’m always interested in games that adults can play with kids and both age groups will actually have fun playing together. Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs is the perfect example of such a game.
Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs is a collection of mini-games that involve the player going to work in some crazy job environments. The jobs (mini-games) cover a wide and bizarre spectrum including Bodybuilding (who knew that was a job?), Sushi Master, Clown, Tailor, Pinch Hitter, Astronaut and one of my favorites, Haunted House Worker.
You earn money throughout the game based on how you perform on each job, which is a great scoring system because everyone will find a different job that they excel at. Say for example that Stunt Driver isn’t your strong suit and you only earn a few pennies. You might go on to discover that you are a master at being a Sumo Referee and can make up that lost income in the ring.
The ultimate goal of the game is to use the money you have earned to purchase items that will save the world from an approaching meteor, which is a bit odd and unnecessary.
Why It’s Fun
The reason I call the “Saving the Earth” element unnecessary is that the jobs are so much fun that the game doesn’t need this out of place story line. There are 50 different jobs to play and each is a short challenge with simple, easy to master control requirements and plenty of offbeat humor. For example, as a Dairy Farmer you have 60 seconds to milk a cow using the Wii-Remote and Nunchuk controller as the cow’s utters, which based on my complete lack of real-life farming experience, I’m going to assume is exactly like the real thing. You earn money based on how much milk you can get, however, keep an eye on the cow’s anger meter because she needs a break every now and then and if she doesn’t get it in time, you are done.
Don’t let me stop you from saving the world from that asteroid but I think you will find that the fun in this game comes from the jobs and trying to earn more money than the person you are playing with or trying to beat your own best record when playing alone.
Who’s Going To Love It
As I mentioned earlier, this is a great game for kids and adults to play together. At the start of each job you have the option of changing your difficulty level, which is a nice feature when you consider that most games have you select your level at the start of the game and you are stuck with that selection throughout the game. This feature allows you to keep the playing field level when kids and adults want to play together although I imagine that more times than not, it’s the kids who will be choosing the hardest setting.
Another feature that gives this game a broad appeal is the range of game characters to choose from that you will play as. Choices include wacky, cartoonish looking girl, boy, mom-type, dad-type and the grannies.
What To Be Aware Of
Some of the jobs require the Nunchuk controller attachment for the Wii-Remote.
The game is rated Everyone 10+ because of comic mischief, mild cartoon violence and mild suggestive themes all of which is no different than your typical children’s cartoon.
0 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Developer: Hudson Entertainment
Rated: Everyone 10+
Players: 1 - 2
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: May 12, 2009
Date of Review: May 2009
Review By Jeff McKinney, Electronic Gaming Editor