When I started this series of articles, I had a couple of games I really wanted to cover from the very beginning. Muscle March is among these titles and for some very good reasons: It’s probably one of the strangest games I’ve ever played to date and also one of the most interesting games the Wiiware service has given us. It’s also very fun and quite unique, but let’s dig deeper, shall we?
Muscle March is a strikingly simple game: You run behind a line of muscular men who hunt down the person responsible for the theft of their precious protein powder. During the chase, the fleeing thief crashes through various walls while striking a pose. In order to fit through said wall, you need to strike the same pose by gesturing with your Wii-mote and Nunchuck controller. Soon, all the muscle men in front of you will have crashed and you need to react faster and faster in order to get through the walls and catch the thief.
This is repeated over several levels and the game becomes quite difficult after some time. I barely managed to get past the second level myself, but the game is still amazingly fun. This might be due to the overall style: It’s very colourful, eccentric and full of random stuff, like penguins and aliens. The music is wacky and energetic and supports the overall feel of Muscle March. It’s a really quirky game overall and it’s this style that immediately attracts me to the game.
The controls work fine, for the most part. Later, when you need to react really quickly, the game sometimes fails to realize I have the right pose, but it doesn’t happen all that often. Honestly, I’m surprised by how well the game manages to detect your movement, all things considered. It makes also for a very physical experience, as the game had me panting several times while I scrambled to get into the right position. But I can always use a small workout, so it’s highly welcome.
While it doesn’t have a lot to offer in terms of longevity or replay value, it’s an amazingly fun game in short bursts and also a great party game. In that regard, it’s comparable to Tomena Sanner and Ghost Squad. It’s definitely worth a look nowadays if you ask me.
How about you, have you ever played this game or did it fly under your radar back when it was released?