So apologies for the slowdown in posting recently. I've been kind of hooked on a couple of games that I recently acquired: Boom Blox for the Wii, and Viva Piñata for the 360. They both appear quite childish in nature at first glance, but are also very fun and engaging. I'm a little disappointed after playing through them for hours, though.
Boom Blox is good for where it counts - it's fun, there's a lot of content, and the multiplayer is there. Unfortunately, all the unlockable stuff is for "Create Mode", where you're able to build your own levels. I tried this feature out, and it's extremely limited. The maximum number of blocks/characters that you can use in a level is frustratingly small. Basically I tried to make a sheep army battling a monkey army and found myself limited to something like 30 characters and very little "space" left for blocks.
Viva Piñata is a great Sim/Management game that I can't believe I let slip by me for so long. Although a little "cute," the graphics are so crisp and colorful (especially on a high-def TV) that playing is a treat for the eyes. My only complaint with this game is similar to the problem with "Create Mode" in BB. In your "garden," you place objects, piñata houses, plants, and piñatas. However, there is a limit on the amount of things you can have down, and it's independent of how "cluttered" your garden looks. For example, there is a limit of 35 piñata at any given time. It doesn't matter if they're small worm piñata that barely take up a small fraction of your space - 35 is 35. The plants and objects work similarly.
Well, expect some more material soon. For now, I just need a little time..