Lasting First Impressions of Hole In The Wall from Ludia
Apparently, Hole in the Wall, is a popular television game show that aired on Fox from 2008-2009. It was originally adapted from a Japanese game, Nokabe in which people contort themselves to fit through cutouts in a large 13′ x 7.5′ Styrofoam wall moving towards them on a 50 foot track. The show was soon cancelled by Fox, but subsequently picked up by the Cartoon Network and retooled for a younger audience.
Though I had never heard of the show, the concept sounded interesting enough to try the game, now available via XBLA for Kinect. It is definitely the right kind of game to be made into a Kinect title. In fact, this game show could only successfully be made into a video game with the use of Kinect.
The concept is very simple and so is the game. You are presented with a shape in the wall ahead of you. You have a certain number of seconds available to position yourself in the shape of the hole and hold it until the lights around the image all light up. If you are successful, you move on to the next shape. Each time you fail to light up all the lights, you receive a strike. Three strikes and you’re thrown into the pool of water behind you (virtually, of course) and the game is over. The game is playable in single player or up to 4 players in a 2 on 2 team match.
As mentioned earlier, I thought the concept was perfect for Kinect as this is the kind of game that just couldn’t be accomplished without it. That still hold true but, unfortunately it’s just not a fun game to play. At first it is quite unique and interesting, but it soon becomes tiring and boring to continue from one shape to another. That’s it. There’s nothing more to do. Simply fit your body into the shapes provided and hold it until the lights are filled. Then move on to the next. During my attempts to play the game, I received a shape that I just could not do. It was a rather simple shape, standing sideways with one leg lifted out in front of me. Problem was, I literally couldn’t get my leg high enough to fit into the shape. With there being nothing more to the game than this, I quickly became bored with the title and had no desire to play again.
After such an amazing lineup of XBLA games over the past several weeks, with Summer of Arcade, this follow up title is quite a let down. If you are a fan of the television show, you may like the idea of playing the game in your own living room. If you, like myself, have never seen or heard of the show, you’re not missing much and can safely stay away from this one.
Ludia, I gave you an hour and I am NOT IMPRESSED.