In one of Nintendo’s more bizarre twists, comes this platforming
game featuring a crash test dummy. Should gamers buckle their
seatbelts and brace for the crash and burn?
Nintendo has not been a slouch about producing games for its motion
sensitive Wii game system, discerning the market’s eagerness for
more titles. CID The Dummy is one of the company’s latest creations,
an action platforming game with a quirky crash test dummy for a
The game begins with a tutorial where players meet CID, a test dummy
bored with his smashing life, who is given special powers by
Professor B.M. Werken to rescue his daughter from the clutches of
his rival. Armed with a rubber, ice, or flame-throwing bazooka, CID
launches into his adventure to defeat the enemies and rescue the
damsel in distress. Undeterred by brains in jars and hostile
crocodile eggs, he punches, bazookas, and sneaks his way across
levels in classic, linear platform style with some puzzles thrown in
for good measure and super powers for kicks. One of his special
powers is the Panic Attack, where he collects ten orbs to unleash
havoc and destroy all enemies in range.
The game is played with a mix of buttons and motions from the Wii
remote and nunchuk. The player moves CID with the nunchuk while
performing actions, such as punching, by shaking the remote. Though
it doesn’t seem a very accurate method for getting the job done, use
of the remote and the nunchuk is actually smooth and responsive. The
only exception is working the bazooka, where the player must press
the A button on the Wii remote and lift it to shoulder height.
Often, especially during critical battle moments, the system doesn’t
respond well to bazooka use.
Rated E 10+ for everyone 10 years and older for cartoon violence,
this game is simple enough to play, but an average title for
Nintendo. There are multiple difficulty levels, but the greatest
challenge and frustration is the lack of checkpoints in each level.
When CID dies, the player must go back to the beginning of the level
and redo all the puzzles and battles.
There is some variety with
secret areas and collectibles, but only perfectionists bent on
locating everything will get much replay value from this game.
Children and gamers looking for quick, casual play will find CID the
Dummy a wacky few hours of mild entertainment.
- Lack of checkpoints is frustrating
- Mediocre gameplay
For more information, user reviews, or to buy:
CID The Dummy
for the Nintendo Wii.
Reviewed: September 2009