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FAQ/Strategy Guide by kylohk
Version: 1.1 | Updated: 05/28/08
------------------------------------------- Wii Play Strategy Guide Platform: Wii Author: Kylohk Version 1.1 Date: 28-5-2008 ------------------------------------------- Table of contents: ===I. PREFACE=== 1. Updates 2. Getting started ===II. THE GAMES IN DETAIL=== 3. Shooting range 4. Find Mii 5. Table Tennis 6. Pose Mii 7. Laser Hockey 8. Billiards 9. Fishing 10. Charge 11. Tanks ===III. CONCLUSION=== +----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | I. PREFACE | +----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ Nintendo's latest console, the Wii, launched in late 2006 and took the whole world by storm with its motion controls. Its packed in game, Wii Sports is one of the reasons why the console sold so well. A considerable portion of the Wii buyers have never touched a video game console before, let alone a controller with motion controls. But no worry, Wii Play is here to help! This £40 game comes packaged with a Wii Remote. Not only it is a cost effective way of getting a second Remote, it is an effective tutorial game on how to use the Wii Remote. Wii Play features 9 different games, each requiring you to use the Wii Remote in a different way. In fact, many games of the Wii uses control schemes that are similar to at least one of these 9 games. In addition, this game supports up to two players playing at the same time. If you have a friend or a party to hold, this game is ideal for even the most gaming-illiterate of people to play with. (This is probably why Wii Sports gets so much media attention. It's just too easy to grasp the gameplay) Last but not least, each game keeps your high score. Getting a high enough score will net you medals. There are four classes of medals in this game: Bronze, silver, gold and platinum. This guide hence makes an earnest attempt to help you get a gold medal in all of the games. One more thing, this guide is copyright 2008-2010 to Kylohk. It's to be posted exclusively on GameFAQs, so don't bother asking. --------------- 1. Update --------------- Version 1.1: Added the requirements for a platinum medal for 2 of the games. ------------------- 2. Getting started ------------------- Wii Play takes it very personally. Each player has to represent himself with a Mii in order to play the game. If you haven't made a Mii yet, exit the game and select the Mii channel on the Wii Menu. Look at yourself in the mirror and try to make a Mii that looks like you! (This is entirely optional, but I stress it nonetheless) Now that you have a Mii, start the game, create a save file and select the number of players. If you are alone, choose 1. Afterwards, you come to a Mii selection screen, where you pick a Mii to play as. Choose the Mii you've created and you are ready to rumble! If this is the first time you've played the game, you will be introduced to the 9 games one by one, starting from the Shooting Range. There is no need for you to perform particularly well at any of the games. Once you've completed the first game, you'll be shown the second one. Follow the instructions on the screen and played through all 9 games. After that, you are free to replay any of the games any time you wish to get a high score. This is where the guide comes in handy! +----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | II. THE GAMES IN DETAIL | +----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ Let's get down to what matters most: The games. There are nine games in Wii Play, all of them can be played solely with the Wii Remote. The Tanks game can be played with or without the Nunchuck attachment, however I highly recommend you do use the Nunchuck. I'll provide a difficulty level for each game (in a scale of three), which tells you how hard it is to get a gold medal. ------------------ 3. Shooting range ------------------ The purpose of the Shooting Range is to teach you how to use the pointer on the Wii Remote. The game play here is just like Point Blank of the video arcades, the objective is basically the same: You are to score as many points as possible by shooting the targets that appear on the screen. The controls are simple: You point the Wii Remote at different parts of the screen to move the aiming sights, just like how you use a mouse on a computer. When the aiming sight overlaps with a target, press B to fire. There are a total of 5 levels, each featuring different types of targets. The more targets you can shoot in a row without missing, the more bonus points you get. ***************** Level strategies ***************** Level 1: Balloons In the first level, you'll be shooting balloons that float up from the grass in front of you. Balloons come in three different colours: Red, blue and yellow. Each balloon gives you 1 point when shot. If you can shoot multiple balloons of the same colour in a row, you'll get 2 points for each balloon from the second one onwards. While you are shooting the balloons, a duck will fly across the screen. This one can be easily shot for 10 extra points. Level 2: Circular targets You'll be shooting Point Blank style targets that appear on the screen. The targets disappear a short time after they appear, so you must be fast. It would be best for you to shoot the targets in the order they appear to minimise the chances of them disappearing before you can shoot them. There are three types of targets in this level: Black targets, red targets and purple ones with your Mii's face on it. The three targets gives 1, 10 and -3 points respectively. The most easily missed target has to be the last one, where a red target and a purple target will appear briefly before disappearing, so keep your eyes peeled. Ducks will appear at the fourth set of targets, but you'll most likely have to forgo a couple of targets for these 10 point bonuses. The ideal order then would be Red target -> Duck. Level 3: Frisbees You'll be shooting Frisbees next. Frisbees fly in from the left and right before going further away from you. When that happens, they become relatively stationary, albeit shrinking targets. The best strategy is to wait until they start to shrink before shooting them as the pointer of the Wii Remote is quite accurate even at small targets. Each Frisbee gives you 3 points. If you can somehow hit more than one Frisbee in one shot, each additional Frisbee gives you 5 points instead! Just like level 2, you are very likely going to have to give up several Frisbees if you want to shoot the ducks. Level 4: Can Juggling Things can only get harder. Red cans will be thrown in and you have to keep them up be shooting them constantly. Each can takes 5 hits before it is destroyed and gives you 15 points if you can hit it all 5 times (1 point for the first hit, 2 for the second and so on). The more a can is shot, the more dented it gets. As a result, it will fall faster, giving you less time to shoot it. After a few moments, multiple cans will be thrown in, requiring you to juggle up to three at once! I recommend that you learn to predict where each can will go by examining its trajectory when it is shot. Don't bother with the ducks in this level until you've mastered it. Level 5: UFO Abduction Six clones of your Mii will be standing in the open field, while multiple UFOs swoop in and try to abduct them! Every time a UFO sucks up a Mii, it will rise slowly for a second before accelerating upwards. Time is of the essence here. Don't bother maintaining your hit counter, just keep firing. If you are lucky, you may be able to get a duck or two in the crossfire! Each silver UFO is worth 3 points, gold ones 5. Once all the UFOs have left, the number of Mii clones remaining is counted. You'll get 10 points for each Mii that's still there. That's all for this game. *************** Scoring *************** In addition to the points earned for killing enemies, you'll be awarded bonus points if you can hit more than 5 targets in a row without missing. The hit counter will build up as you hit more and more things in a row. Once you miss, the bonus points will be awarded to you. The number of bonus points is equal to the hit count before you miss. You'll need to score 500 points to get a gold medal in this game. If you've played enough times, you should be able to maintain your combo up till the beginning of level 4, where it should get really hard. Your target is to get over 300 points by the end of level 3. Whatever happens, try your best in level 4 since it's the hardest. I've found that my performance in the first 3 levels can make up for the lousy performance in level 4. By the time you reach level 5, you should be able to reach your target simply by shooting at the UFOs in a haphazard manner. Overall, this game isn't that hard. If you manage to get 600 points, you'll get a platinum medal. My experience was that by getting to the mid 400 range by the end of level 4, the platinum medal can just be reached by recklessly firing shots at the flying saucers and ensuring that all 6 Mii clones are still on the ground by the end. Difficulty: * --------------- 4. Find Mii --------------- Consider this to be "Where's Wally" Wii edition. Your goal is to find Miis in the crowd that meet the requirements of the level. Move the Wii Remote to move the cursor around the screen. Select a Mii by moving the cursor over him and pressing A. If you want to cancel the selection, press A again. This is arguably the hardest game in the whole collection! You start with a timer. Every time you complete a level, you'll gain 10 extra seconds (You'll be able to "store" up to 120 seconds in the timer); If you guess wrongly, you'll lose 5 seconds. The game ends when your timer runs out. *************** Objective list *************** Find lookalikes: You will have to find a number of Miis in the crowd that look the same as each other. I've played up to levels where you'll have to find up to 4 lookalikes (that's level 57), and you may be required to find even more! This is definitely the hardest objective of them all, as well as the most common. Find the odd ones out: You have to find a number of Miis that behave differently from the rest. There are two possible levels with this objective. One is at the spectator stands of the tennis court, where the crowd of Miis will be looking left and right. A number of them will be looking in the opposite way as the others-Those are the odd ones out. A second level type is the Tokyo street intersection. You'll see rows of Miis marching along the place. You have to find the one whose feet move in a different order than the rest. Find the Mii you are using: This is the easiest objective of them all. As long as you've designed the Mii to look as unique as possible, he's bound to stick out like a sore thumb in the crowd. Find the specified Mii: This is another easy objective. You are given a picture of a Mii and you have to find him in the crowd. The good thing is that the Miis you'll be required to find are always your own creations. As long as you create your Miis so they are extremely unique in appearance, you'll easily find them. Find the fastest Mii: This objective only will be given in the Tokyo intersection and sea environments. Of all the Miis that are moving around, one of them will be running/swimming the fastest. You are to select that Mii. Since fast moving objects easily catch the eye, this objective isn't that hard to complete, although the Miis may sometimes too quickly for you to click them. Find the sleepyheads: This level type almost always take place at the spectator stands of the tennis court. A number of Miis in the crowd will have their heads down as they snooze, while standing straight up! These guys stick out easily. Pick a favourite: Consider this a free 10 second refill on your timer. It does not matter which Mii you pick, you'll go through to the next level. Despite that, I highly recommend you pick a Mii with unique features like funky glasses or a cap. Don't forget who you've selected! Find your favourite: This objective is directly related to the one above. Having picked your favourite, you'll be asked to find him in a crowd a few levels later. As long as you picked one with unique features, he's bound to stand out among the rest and be spotted quickly. *************** Environments *************** The Miis will be hanging out in different environments, some are harder than others. Tokyo street intersection: Judging by the markings on the road, I can tell that it's a traffic intersection in Tokyo. The Miis will either be standing still, or they will be walking towards you either at a straight line or diagonally. The latter is the hardest. Whenever a Mii disappears off the screen, he will reappear at the top shortly after. Tennis court spectator stand: The Miis are watching a game of tennis, so they will be standing in orderly rows. The intensity of the crowd will increase as you reach higher levels. Miis can also look left and right here. But still, this environment is the easiest since the Miis will be standing still. Sea: It's the sea and the Miis will be swimming in either straight lines or diagonally. The lower parts of their faces will be submerged as they swim breast stroke. This is the hardest of all the environments since you must hover over many Miis to inspect their looks. Escalators: Miis are descending in a row of three escalators. Once a Mii disappears off the bottom of the screen, he will reappear shortly at the top. The trick is to pick a Mii to be the reference and quickly skim the crowd that appears above him. This allows you to know when the pattern will repeat, hence relieving you of some frustration. This has got to be the second hardest environment of them all. Space: Woohoo! Miis are floating around in space! Everyone of them will be spinning round and round. But still, they won't float around. This makes it the second easiest environment of them all. Darkness: Each of the five environments above can be played in total darkness. You'll be given a flashlight to search for the Miis. Since your field of vision is limited, you must train yourself to have a good short term memory to remember where everyone is to help find the lookalikes. ******************************** Strategies to reach high levels ******************************** This game has extremely intimidating requirements for the gold medal. For once, you must get past level 60 to get the gold. Your first priority will be to concentrate. As you reach higher levels, Miis may differ only from a hairstyle or mouth shape. Those are the ones that you can easily lose seconds on. Focusing can help you distinguish even the most generic features of those Miis. When it comes to checking the feature of the Miis, check them in the following order: Skin colour -> hair colour -> eyes -> nose -> mouth. Another strategy is that your creations in the Mii channel do matter! Besides the generic looking Miis provided by the game, Miis you've created will be thrown in the mix. My suggestion is to create plenty of Miis (around say 15) that resemble famous politicians, dictators, pop stars, actors and so on. Try make them look as unique as possible. Then when you play the game, the crowd will be flooded with these unique looks and it will be much easier to make out who's who since familiar looks tend to draw attention to most humans. Finally, if you are really that desperate, you can always take a camera and take a quick snap of the screen and pause the game. Look at the picture on a computer and take your time to find the required Miis! In all, this has got to be the most difficult game of the lot due to the exasperating mental requirements. Difficulty: *** ---------------- 5. Table Tennis ---------------- The Table Tennis game of Wii Play teaches you how to move the Wii Remote left and right (that's along the x-axis for those technological savvy people out there). In this game, you'll be moving the Wii Remote left and right to move the racquet on-screen to intercept the incoming ping pong ball, returning it to your opponent for as long as possible. It's really that simple! Your score is simply the number of times you can return the ball to the other side of the table before you fail to do so. It seems the other Miis are curious about what you are doing. The longer you can hold on, the more Miis will be watching you from the sidelines. In addition, your opponent will toughen up the more times you manage to return the ball. The ball with be sent back to you the most vigourously once you've managed to rally over 90 times. **************** Endurance guide **************** The first time you play the game, you'll be given the task of rallying 100 times. If you can do that, you'll automatically get a gold medal. Your main foe is yourself in this game. Whatever you do, think positive and concentrate on what you are doing. Don't even bother looking at the current number of times you've returned the ball, focus on the ball instead! As long as you stay confident, you'll be able to react to the ball, no matter how fast it is returned to you. Once you've succeeded in returning the ball 100 times in a row, you can replay this game and try to last as long as possible, beyond 100 hits. It seems your opponent's behaviour is "periodic". He softens his stance every 100th time you return the ball to him. He'll return the ball at the slowest speed before going faster once again as you return more balls to him. Difficulty: * --------------- 6. Pose Mii --------------- Pose Mii teaches the player how to twist the Wii Remote left and right. In this game, you'll be shown many bubbles, each with a silhouette on them. Your task is to pop the bubbles by match your Mii's pose to that of the bubbles. Every time a bubble falls into the water at the bottom of the screen, you'll lose a life. Lose 3 lives and the game is over. You move your Mii around by moving the Wii Remote in the desired direction while pointing it at the screen. You rotate the Mii by twisting the Wii Remote in the desired direction: Left for anti-clockwise, right for clockwise. There are three possible poses for the Mii: Pose A, in which he twists his two arms in a way as if to impersonate the Nazi sign; Pose B, in which is spreads out his arms and legs as if to impersonate an asterisk; Pose C, in which he's standing straight. ***************** General strategy ***************** The three poses are arranged in a simple sequence from Pose A to Pose C. Use the A button to shift from Pose A to C; Use the B button to shift back from Pose C to A. As you advance through the game, you'll find several bubbles appearing on the screen with different poses. It's vital that you shift between poses fast enough to destroy the bubbles before they can go into the drink. Here's my suggestion: Pose A will be the "keep pressing B pose"; Pose C will be the "keep pressing A pose"; Pose B will be the "press the other button pose". So, if you've just shifted to Pose A by pressing A twice, you can quickly change to Pose B by pressing the other button, A. Keep your eyes peeled for silhouettes with a rainbow colour. You can tell when they appear by the xylophone music that comes with one. Pop those bubbles and all the other bubbles onscreen will stay absolutely still for a few moments, allowing you to pop them with ease. Popping these Rainbow Bubbles is vital when you seem to be overwhelmed with many bubbles on screen and all hope seems to be lost. *************** Level rundown *************** Levels 1-3: Levels 1 to 3 serves to familiarize the player with the three poses. All bubbles in each level will have the same pose, starting from Pose A and ending at Pose C. Level 4: The silhouettes in the bubbles will be in either Pose A or B. Level 5: The silhouettes in the bubbles will be in either Pose B or C. In the later part of the level, the bubbles will appear dangerously close to the surface of the water, making it vital for you to react fast. At that point, a single Rainbow Bubble is available to help you. Level 6: The silhouettes in the bubbles are in either Pose A or B. The silhouettes tend to rotate in awkward directions, making slightly more difficult to pop their bubbles. Level 7: This is the first level to features all three silhouettes at once. Level 8: I like to call this the Bubble Invasion. There are several instances where over 10 bubbles appear on the screen at once, in all 3 poses. Fortunately, a Rainbow Bubble is always provided, allowing you to freeze everything and dispatch them with relative ease. Always go for the rainbow bubble, this is important. Level 9: This is the Attack of the Upside Down Silhouettes. All silhouettes will be upside down, requiring you to twist your Wii Remote in the appropriate direction. Two rainbow bubbles are provided in case you get confused. Level 10: The bubbles in this level fall quite fast and their silhouettes like to rotate in awkward directions. A quick reaction time and the comfort in using the controls is key for this level. Level 11: The silhouettes rotate in even sharper directions. Be careful not to sprain your wrist while playing through this level! Level 12: It seems that the silhouettes will first be horizontal with their heads facing right. Afterwards, the silhouettes will be horizontal with their heads facing left. There may also be a long chain of rapidly rotating silhouettes, followed by a large invasion of bubbles (Rainbow Bubble included). Level 13: The worst of the silhouettes have been brought out. They fall fast, rotate very fast and a large group of upside down silhouettes can appear all of a sudden! Level 14: The bubbles appear in neat rows, with the silhouettes rotated in various directions. They descend very slowly, so keep your cool. The good news is that Rainbow Bubbles regularly to help you if you get disoriented. Level 15: This level is so complicated that I just can't explain it. Basically, the bubbles appear in various formations: In a row, large sequence of bubbles descending quickly, silhouettes rotating into awkward directions etc. Either way, it's very hard. Final level: So, here are only 16 levels in this game. Anyway, you'll be looking at multiple bubble invasions here, with silhouettes rotated into various directions, making it hard to "clean the house" even with the help of Rainbow Bubbles. So far, I couldn't beat this level. ******************************** Was my sprained wrist worth it? ******************************** Each bubble gives you 1 point when popped. But that's not all, every time you complete a level without any bubbles falling into the water, you get bonus points equal to 5 times the level number (e.g. beating level 6 perfectly nets you 30 points). These bonus points rack up very fast the further you progress through this game, and are the most important. After some tries, I've received a silver medal for getting 666 points (evil indeed), a gold medal for getting 873 points and a platinum medal for getting 1307 points. I estimate that the requirements for the silver, gold and platinum are 600, 800 and 1000 points respectively. This game is one of those where practice makes perfect: Rarely would one by expected to press the right button while twisting his wrist at the same time! Your brain's going to take a while to get the hang of doing two weird actions at the same time. If anything, this game would be the perfect rehabilitating aid for the paralysed! After some practice, you should be able to complete the first ten levels without a single bubble falling into the water. Now, if you can just beat level 11 perfectly, you should get enough points for a gold medal. If you can beat level 12 perfectly, you should be close or probably surpass 1000 points. In conclusion, you can get high scores after some practice, but it is still moderately hard due to the toll on your wrist. Difficulty: ** ---------------- 7. Laser Hockey ---------------- So far you've learnt how to use the Wii Remote as a mouse and how to move it left and right and twist it around. Laser Hockey brings in a new concept: Moving the Wii Remote at the appropriate speed. This game is the Wii version of air hockey: You are given a paddle and must use it to send the puck into your opponent's goal. In a one player game, you'll occupy the left side of the pitch while the computer occupies the right side. Move the paddle by moving the Wii Remote so that it points at the appropriate part of the screen. Twist the Wii Remote to rotate the paddle. Move the paddle into the puck to hit it-The faster you swing your Wii Remote, the harder you hit the puck. Always swing the Remote to the right: That way your paddle will go always go right regardless of which direction it is facing. Note that you cannot move the Wii Remote into the opponent's side of the pitch. You have 2 minutes to score as many goals as possible. If you win the match, the number of goals you scored will be recorded and listed as a high score. If you lose or draw the game, your goal count will not be recorded. In order to get a gold medal, you have to win a match scoring at least 10 goals. If you score 14 goals, you'll get a platinum medal. The best strategy to score goals against the computer is to always hit the puck so that it bounces off the top or bottom walls. The AI seems to have trouble intercepting those pucks, you can often score from a serve using this trick! To maximise the chances of scoring, always smack the puck towards the wall further away from the computer's paddle. That being said, the controls take some time to get used to. Do not swing the Wii Remote at a large angle: that will cause the paddle to overshoot the mark. Instead, resort to fast small angled swings. Being a ball game, the course of the match is unpredictable. It may take some tries and even dumb luck before you score the required number of goals. Once you've got the platinum medal, it's just a matter of playing with your friends. Have fun! Air hockey can't go wrong! Difficulty: ** --------------- 8. Billiards --------------- It's time to pay a visit to the snooker table. Billiards teaches you how to push and pull the Wii Remote backwards and forwards (that's moving along the z-axis for the technological savvy). You begin by aiming the cue ball by pressing the left and right keys on the directional pad on the Wii Remote. The direction that will be taken by the cue ball will be highlighted by a thick black line. In addition, a transparent image of the cue ball will appear right next to the first ball it's going to hit. The position of the image corresponds to the direction from which that ball will be hit. When you are sure about your aim, move the cursor over to the part of the ball you wish to hit. Press and hold the B button and pull the Wii Remote backwards. Now, push the Wii Remote forwards and release the B button as you do so. The cue ball will be hit. The faster you thrust the Wii Remote forward, the stronger will be the shot. You'll be asked to hit the balls in the order of their numbers, starting from number 1 to 9. The target ball is denoted by a red marker. You don't have to "sink" (knock into one of the six pockets on the table) the balls in numerical order. That ball only has to be the first one to be hit. After that ball is hit, a number of collisions can occur between balls. This may result in other balls getting sunk, much to your benefit. Whenever the target ball is "sunk", the ball with the next highest number remaining on the table will be the next target. Whatever you do, your cue ball must hit the target ball. Failure to do so will result in a foul. A foul will also be given against you if you accidentally sink your cue ball. *************** Strategies *************** As in real life, you will be given the opportunity to break the pile of balls, arranged in a rhombus. Always apply maximum force to your first shot. This increases the chances that you'll sink several balls in your first hit. After that, it's time to prioritize. Always aim for the target ball and try to sink it before the other balls. If you happen to deal collateral damage, that is sink other balls in the act, treat it as a bonus. If any other ball happens to be overlooking your target pocket, knock the target ball into that ball! That ball, and sometimes even the target ball, will be sunk. A common scenario is that the cue ball and target ball are not aligned with any pockets. This is when the aiming feature can help. Rotate the direction of your aim and press and hold A. An overhead view of the table will be shown. Check the positions of the cue and target balls. Rotate your aim until the cue ball image and target balls are aligned to a pocket. Once you've done that, it's time to hit the cue ball. It's very easy to commit fouls in this game. Whenever that happens, you will get to place the cue ball in any position on the table as you wish. Move the cursor over to the desired position and press B. Always place the cue ball so that it and the target ball are aligned to a pocket. The most usual way someone commits a foul is that they shoot the cue ball into the target ball overlooking a pocket. There are two ways to prevent the ball from falling into the hole. Either use the minimal required force on the cue ball, or aim the cue ball so that it indirectly nudges the target into the pocket. Another scenario is that another ball partially obstructs the path between the cue and target balls. In that case, adjust your aim until the image of the cue ball is no longer adjacent to the ball in the way, but on the target ball. Depending on the position of the obstruction, it can be possible or impossible to avoid a foul. *************** Scoring *************** The objective of this game is to sink all the balls on the table with the fewest number of shots. Each extra shot takes 3 points off your final score, so does each foul. The formula for your final score is: Final Score = 81 - (Number of shots + number of fouls)*3 The highest possible score is therefore 78, but it's practically impossible for anyone can sink every ball just by breaking the pile! To get a gold medal, one must get over 50 points. This implies that you must sink all balls in 10 shots or less, while committing no fouls! I have to warn you, the balls are very unpredictable in this game. Sometimes, fouls can be committed because the cue ball bounced around the walls like crazy before falling into a pocket, even you haven't intended it to do so! It's extremely difficult to end a game without committing a single foul. This effectively lowers the maximum number of shots one can make to get gold. My personal best is 60 points, resulting in a platinum medal. However, I give credit to plain luck rather than skill in achieving this result. It took me many tries with unavoidable fouls before I finally sunk all balls in 7 shots without committing a single foul. Due to the many factors that are beyond the players' control, this game has got to be one of the more difficult games in this collection. I doubt even professional players can regularly get a gold medal in this game, given the ridiculous physics of the cue ball. Difficulty: *** --------------- 9. Fishing --------------- It looks like the Wii Remote is destined for fishing games. The Fishing game of Wii Play teaches the player how to move the Wii Remote up and down (in the y-axis). You use the Wii Remote to move the fishing rod as you do so in real life. (Moving the Wii Remote left corresponds to moving the rod to the left, moving the Remote forwards corresponds to moving the rod further into the pond and so on). When the hook is placed near a fish, the fish will nibble a number of times before biting. Once a fish bites, you'll see and feel it dragging your line along. Quickly jerk the Wii Remote upwards to yank the fish out! As long as you yank quickly enough, the fish will be caught. Catch as many fish before the time expires to get a high score. Another feature of this game is the Bonus Fish. A picture of a fish will always be shown at the top of the screen with the word "Bonus" beneath it. Catch the fish that's of the same type as the one in the picture and you'll get double the points from it. The Bonus Fish changes every now and then, so keep your eyes peeled. *************** Types of fish *************** Small Fry: These tiny grey fish are completely worthless. Catching one takes 50 points off your scores. These pests bite instantly and drag your line away from the fish you are actually trying to catch. Whatever you do, avoid fishing in areas where these fish are swimming around. Plain Old Fish: These fish are small green ones that bite after nibbling twice. They are worth 50-60 points. Nibbler: Nibblers are white fish with a bluish tinge. They bite after nibbling three times. Each Nibbler nets you 110-130 points, depending on its size. Touchy Fish: I don't know why these fish are touchy, by they are red in colour. These guys bite after nibbling four times, and net you 170-200 points per catch. These fish can get scared by your hook, so always move it slowly towards them when you want to catch one of these. Mystery Fish: Since when are green swordfish mysterious? Anyway, these fish appear randomly at anytime. They disappear very quickly, so quickly move the hook over to their snouts to draw their attention. They bite after just two nibbles and gives you 230-250 points each. King of the Pond: True to its name, the King of the Pond is the largest fish of them all. Only one of them will appear at any round, and it will become the Bonus Fish the moment it appears. Requiring five nibbles before a bite, the King of the Pond can be a challenge to catch (since other fish are likely to be nibbling as well). But still, the effort is worth it since this fish brings you 330-350 points, which means up to 700 points can be earned from this fish when you take bonuses into account. ********************* Getting a good score ********************* The main strategy of this game will be to prioritise. Always go after the Bonus Fish before the others since you'll get twice as many points for catching those fish than when they are not shown at the top of the screen. If the Plain Old Fish is currently the Bonus one, it doesn't really matter which fish you catch (besides the small fry). This is because even when it's the bonus fish, the Nibblers and Touchy Fish net similar or more points than the Plain Old Fish. When the Nibbler or Touchy Fish are currently the bonus fish, always aim to catch them, but don't be afraid to reel in any other types of fish (besides small fries) that happen to bite first. Scoring points is better than getting nothing. Never miss out on the Mystery Fish, they bite very quickly and hence you can get a boost in your score without wasting much time. You need a good reaction to catch those fish, since they disappear after a few seconds. When the King of the Pond appears, you'll need some luck in catching it before the Bonus Fish changes. Your best chance is to hope that it hangs out in a relatively unpopulated area of the pond. The most uncontrollable factor in getting a high score is the small fries, which disrupt your lines by dragging them around the place. Those fish can appear anywhere and can affect your catches (and hence final scores) differently each time you play the game. I got a silver medal for beating this game with 2240 points, while I got a gold medal for beat it with 2470 points. My guess is that you need 2400 points to get the gold medal. As long as you fish aggressively and aim for as many Bonus Fish as possible, not even the small fries can stop you from achieving that goal. As a rule of a thumb, try to get over 1500 points by the time the King of the Pond appears. Once you catch the King, you'll have over 2100 points, and hence are just a stone's throw away from getting gold. My personal best is 2970 points, and that landed me a platinum medal. I guess 2600 points are all you need to get the best medal of them all. To get that many points, you'll hope that those small fries won't bug you that often (i.e. some luck comes into play here). Overall, it isn't hard to get the gold medal given some practice. Difficulty: * --------------- 10. Charge --------------- You've now learnt to move the Wii Remote in all three axes. It's now time to learn how to use it to control racing oriented games. For this game, you'll be holding the Wii Remote horizontally with both hands, with the directional pad to the left. Your Mii will be riding a cow that's charging along the farm road. The objective of Charge is to ram down as many scarecrows as possible and to reach the finishing line before the time limit. The controls are very simple: No buttons have to be pushed! Tilt the Wii Remote left and right to make the cow turn in that direction. Tilt the Remote forwards to make it move faster, while tilting it backwards will make it slow down. Raising the Wii Remote quickly causes the cows to jump, which is important when you approach barriers. *************** Course rundown *************** You'll start by running through a line of 5 scarecrows directly in front of you. Then, there will be three slanting to the left, following by another 3 to the right of the course. Then, you'll find a line of 5 scarecrows to the left of the course. A red hopping scarecrow then pops up to the right, chase after it before ramming into the next 5 scarecrows before the barriers. Jump over the barrier and get the next two sets of scarecrows. At the next curve, bear right to avoid the barriers and ram into the next 3 scarecrows. Continue along the road and bear left since the next few sets of scarecrows are all to the left. Eventually, you will find a hopping red scarecrow that hops between both sides of the road. Try to hit it but don't fret if you don't. After another set of scarecrows, there will be another red scarecrow that hops left and right. Ram it down and jump over the barrier. The remaining red scarecrows will mostly be jumping between both ends of the road, making it hard for you to hit them. The scarecrows that stand in lines aren't hard to hit though. Very soon, you will reach the finish line, after one last red scarecrow that hops left and right. *************** Scoring *************** Each pink scarecrow is worth 1 point when hit. When you manage to hit every one of them in a single chain, you get an extra 5 points. Each red scarecrow is worth 10 points. Once you cross the finish line, each second left of the timer will grant you a time bonus of 1 point. The requirements for a gold medal are very hard for this game. You'll need 300 points, which is only achievable if you hit enough red scarecrows, especially the ones that move between both ends of the road. In order to hit those scarecrows, you must have excellent foresight. You have to adjust the speed of the cow so that you and that scarecrow will just intersect at that right moment. In the end, it's all trial and error, and it may take forever for you to get it right. Difficulty: ** --------------- 11. Tanks --------------- This is the last game of the collection. It requires you to use probably everything you've learnt to play this. You play as a tank whose objective is to destroy all the other enemy tanks on the screen. You use the directional pad (or Control Stick on the nunchuck attachment) to steer your tank. You move the Wii Remote to move the aiming reticule around the screen to aim your cannon. You fire your cannon by pressing the B button, and lay mines by pressing the A button. Your tank can fire up to 5 shells and lay up to 2 mines at any given time. Once you've fired 5 shells, you must wait for them to explode and disappear before you can fire more. One single hit can destroy an enemy tank, same goes to your tank, so be careful! In addition, the shells fired from your tank can bounce off the wall once, so can most of the other enemy tanks'. Keep your guard up so as not to be "backstabbed". Every time you get hit, you'll lose 1 tank. The game ends when you lose all tanks. Every time you complete 5 levels, you'll be given an extra tank to your stockpile. ***************** Enemy tank types ***************** Brown tank: These tanks stay where they are and occasionally fire a shell. Black tank: Black tanks move around and fire one shell at a time. Green tank: Being more high tech than the previous two tanks, green tanks fire missiles which move faster, making them harder to avoid. Fortunately, they explode immediately when they hit a wall. The best way to deal with these tanks is to keep out of their line of sight and fire shells at the walls near them in an attempt to catch them with the rebound. Yellow tank: These are the mine layers of the game. Yellow tanks just love to lay mines all over the place. They occasionally fire one shell at a time. Their mines can be detonated from a distance by firing a shell at them. Mines explode with a considerable radius, destroying any tank that gets caught within the blast. Feel free to exploit this to your advantage. Red tank: Red tanks fire several shells at once. Your best bet is to try and intercept their shells with your own. In addition, it may be wise to lure them out to open areas of the level so as to minimise the chances of being hit by a rebounding shell. Light green tank: I consider these tanks to be stationary missile batteries. Light green tanks fire fast missiles which bounce off the walls several times before disappearing. Just like the dark green tanks, keep out of their line of sights and try and bounce shells off the walls to destroy them. Purple tank: Purple tanks are the smartest of the bunch. Purple tanks fire multiple shells at once and lay mines! When facing these guys, try to take them out one at a time. It's dog eat dog from here on. Kill them before they do the same to you! Stealth tank: What could be worse? Tanks that are invisible! Fortunately, they can be picked out by the tracks they make. As the tracks accumulate in the level, it becomes harder and harder to see where they are. Take them out fast. ******************* General strategies ******************* One unique feature of Tanks is that the shells can bounce off walls. You may think you are safe now that the shell has flown past you, but no! Sometimes the shell can bounce back and hit you. Shells fired from your own cannon can kill you this way. Whenever you want to fight multiple shells in a tight area, you should fire them in a way so that they cannot bounce directly back to you when you miss your target. In addition, the some parts of the walls are breakable. Those walls can be identified by their pinkish colour. A mine is all you need to destroy it. Red tanks and purple tanks have the best A.I. of them all. They actually know how to use cover and will be trying the same dirty tricks you use back at yourself. Fortunately, they seem to be vulnerable to ambushes and rebounding shots. Whenever you see one of the tanks turning around the corner, quickly pepper them with shells. The enemy will very often fail to stop them from hitting him. Light green tanks are the most unpredictable since their missiles will bounce around in a haphazard way, making it hard for you to dodge them. Fortunately, whenever there are light green tanks, there is cover. Take cover, wait until their turrets are facing away from you and try to bounce a shell around the wall to get them. *************** Level rundown *************** Level 1: There is one single brown tank at the far side of the level. It shouldn't be too hard to destroy it. Level 2: This time, you'll face 1 black tank which moves. Level 3: One single brown tank will be hanging out at the other end of the level. Two black tanks will begin at the upper left and lower right corners as well. Spray shells at the two black tanks to destroy them before engaging the brown one at the other end. Level 4: This is an entirely open level with many holes in the woodwork. 4 tanks (2 brown, 2 black) are arranged in a rectangle to your northeast. Stay where you are and spray shells in their direction to wipe them out. Level 5: You'll meet the missile firing green tanks for the first time in this level. Immediately move right to avoid their missiles and quickly spray shells in their direction. You should be able to destroy one of them or at last force them into the upper right hand corner, where another barrage of shells can easily finish them off. Level 6: Your tank is having a show down with 4 other tanks (2 black, 2 green) from opposite sides of a ridge. Keep your distance and spray them with shells. If any tank wanders into the two corridors on the top and bottom edges of the level, they are sitting ducks since you can just go down there and hit them even more easily. Level 7: In this level, there are 4 green tanks, each hiding in its own area enclosed by walls. This is all the easier for you to send shells bouncing in and hit them. As before, keep your distance to avoid the missiles. Level 8: This stage features two vertical walls on both ends of the arena. There will be 3 yellow mine laying tanks and 2 green tanks. If anything, this is the best stage to practice ambushing. As soon as an enemy rounds the corner, pepper him with shells and he should most likely be destroyed. Level 9: This level is divided into 4 segments, separated by walls. Since the 2 access points (from the north and east) are narrow, it's not hard to hit the tanks (3 yellow, 3 black) as they emerge. Be careful of the central vertical wall since it can be destroyed by mines. Level 10: You'll encounter red tanks for the first time in this level. Make use of all available cover to ambush the two tanks as they emerge. Once they get into the line of fire, there is really no escape when you pepper them with shells. Level 11: This is a level with a zigzagging path. You start at the top left corner while the other 6 tanks (2 black, 2 red and 2 green) begin further along the path. As soon as you begin, shell the black tank directly below you to destroy it. Head down to where it was and aim your cannon to the upper right. It's time to play squash. Bounce shells off the wall repeatedly to shred as many tanks that get close. Once no more tanks try to come near you, it's a matter of time before you pick off any stragglers. Level 12: We'll now say hello to those dreadful missile battery light green tanks. This stage is divided by two with a diagonal wall that slants to the right. Try your best to get rid of the red tank closest to you while leaning against that diagonal wall. The second red tank will come from the lower left. Ambush that as well. As for the two remaining missile battery tanks, the upper right one can be destroyed by carefully bouncing a shell off the upper edge of the level. As for the lower right one, you have to pop out of the diagonal wall from the south east end and quickly spray several shells before retreating back to the north. It's quite hard to not lose any tanks in this level. Level 13: This level features 4 horizontal corridors and 3 yellow tanks and 3 green tanks. Always destroy the top left tank first. As for the rest of the tanks, they can be taken out from a distance while they are inside the corridors if you spray shells towards them. Watch out for parts of the walls that give way to the mines. If you are not careful, you'll get killed by a missile that flies through that gap. Level 14: This is another zigzag level. You'll begin at the lower left corner of the stage and will face 3 red tanks and 3 light green tanks. As soon as the level starts, spray shells towards the red tank to your immediate right to destroy it. After that, move so you are directly beneath one of the small gaps to your north. Wait for the other 2 tanks to emerge so you can ambush them with a barrage of shells. This leaves the three stationary light green tanks. The left most one can be destroyed from where you are. Go directly south of the rightmost gap in the wall to the north of you and bounce a shell to the opposite wall to the north of that tank. After some tries, you should be able to blow that up without attracting that missile's attention. The next target will be the light green tank in the upper right hand corner. Move your tank to the northeast and plant a mine at the breakable segment of the wall. Pepper shells in the mine's direction: One shell will hit the mine, destroying the wall, one will intercept the tank's missile and a third will blow that tank up. The final light green tank can be defeated by bouncing a shell off one of the vertical walls directly to its northwest. Take your time with that. Level 15: It's the attack of the dreaded purple tanks. The one directly to the north of you should be taken out first. Move slightly north and wait at the gap in the wall. Ambush that tank fast. The other 2 tanks are to be ambushed at your own leisure. Level 16: This time, we'll have 3 purple tanks and 2 light green ones. Immediately go north to the corner there and ambush a purple tank. Retreat to the south to ambush another one. The third should be ambushed at the wide gap to the east. Now, it's time to destroy the two light green tanks. The one in the southwest can be destroyed by bouncing a shell off the wall directly north of it. The one at the northeast can be destroyed by a barrage of shells from the south. Just remember to duck to the west whenever that tank fires a missile. Level 17: This is a toughie. You start at the southwest of a stage with 6 light green tanks. Go right and destroy the central tank with a bouncing shell. Now, go north and send a shell bouncing into the enclosure to the right. You should be able to blow the tank directly to your east after some tries and careful dodging. After that, blow up the breakable wall section directly northwest of your starting point so as to get a clear shot at the tank directly to your west. With that dealt with, blow up the breakable wall section to the northwest and fire a shell through the resulting gap to destroy the northwest enemy tank. The other two tanks can be destroyed by first blowing up the breakable wall section closest to them before you follow up with a barrage of shells. This level is easier said than done. Level 18: This is another exercise in ambushing the enemy. You start at the lower left hand corner. Hide behind a wall and wait for the tanks to come around the corner so you can ambush them. When no more tanks will proactively come to you, head over to the central east-west corridor and destroy the light green tank there with a bouncing shell. Make your way to the other side and it'll be easy to hunt down the stragglers. Level 19: This stage pits you against 8 purple tanks. Fortunately, the path is zigzagging. Start by barraging the tank directly to your east with shells. Once it is destroyed, wait at the corner for any purple tanks to come. If any tanks pop out of the corner, blow them to bits. Extra gaps can be made available if those purple tanks are trigger happy with their mines. Make your way to the top of this level and ambush all purple tanks and you're done. Final Level: This is an entirely open level where you will have to fight two stealth tanks! Keep an eye on the tracks on the ground to determine their positions. It'll take some fancy dodge and sometimes dumb luck to make it through. *************** Ranking system *************** Beating the first 20 levels will net you a gold medal. Once you've done so, you are free to replay this game, now that all 100 levels will be unlocked. As an arcade style game where you can't save your progress, progressing through this game is easier said than done. If you are curious about what's it like, feel free to check video sharing sites. Good luck, soldier! Difficulty: *** +----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | III. CONCLUSION | +----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ Despite how the gaming community bashes this game, calling it a lame way to get a Wii Remote, Wii Play is actually very fun if you can look past the prejudices. Gameplay may be simple, but simplicity is sometimes good as it attracts a wide audience to play this game. In addition, it encourages constant replaying since one can take it in bite size pieces. After all which game is more likely to be replayed, a long drawn out adventure game that can stretch for days (e.g. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess) or small chunks that can be begun and ended in a short time (Wii Play)? In my opinion, the most fun game is Pose Mii, the most challenging one is Tanks. On the other hand, the most headache inducing game has got to be Find Mii. If you got a friend with you, there is no question that Laser Hockey provides the best two player experience. It's air hockey, after all! As of May 2008, this game has sold over 12 million copies worldwide, besting blockbusters like Super Mario Galaxy, Halo 3 and Resistance Fall of Man. Considering the fact that the Tanks game provides a very lengthy experience (it has 100 levels after all), this game isn't something that can be marginalised, despite the incentive of the free Wii Remote. This guide is copyright 2008-2010 to Kylohk. It's to be posted exclusively on GameFAQs, so don't bother asking.