Where the Wild Things Are is a single-player game that transports players to the mysterious world of the Wild Things. The game almost immediately thrusts you into the island and in control of the main character Max, as you slowly learn the game’s basic controls while you make your way to the Wild Things’ Village.
Although the controls feel really nice and make sense to someone who has played these types of adventure games before, players who are used to games that primarily involve pointing and clicking the Wii-mote at the screen may feel overwhelmed. In the Wii version, you use the joystick on the nunchuk to move around, the trigger button on the Wii-mote to swing your staff, the A-button the Wii-mote to jump, and even the nunchuk buttons to pick up objects. It all makes sense, and the game provides on-screen reminders of what to do, but those who are intimidated by “too many buttons” will likely feel like it’s too much.
The game’s graphics and overall atmosphere really help transport players to the magical island of the Wild Things. There are unique flowers and plants you’ll need to use, and lots of crevices to jump over and trees to knock down as you make your way around the grassy island.
Using the Village of the Wild Things as a home base, players can also explore a bit on their own between story levels and gather items to help the Wild Things with their various interests.
With its magical setting and whimsical gameplay elements, Where the Wild Things Are is a great game for older kids and tweens who are familiar with this type of adventure gameplay. But other than being able to watch others play, there aren’t that many opportunities for family interaction during this game, except to enjoy the look and feel of the Island of the Wild Things.