Stinkers – Silly Bandz

Genre:  Puzzle
Platform:  Nintendo DS

First, what are “silly bandz”?  Seriously, I had no idea what they are.  Do kids shoot them at one another like rubber bands?  Because that’s what this game will make you think.  The game even came with a package of them, but I still have no idea what they are.  Ok, after a quick Google search, it appears that kids wear these things like bracelets.  They don’t look too comfortable:

Silly Bandz; NS sillybandz story pic 1 only

I guess they are shaped differently and have some sort of collectible appeal?

So how could you possibly make a game about this?  Angry Birds ripoff!  It tempted me with the promise of collecting the “silly bandz” (you know how much I like to collect things), but the collection screen only shows you a small amount that you’ve collected, not everything.  The game itself is a short one, with about 2 hours to finish.  If you strive for 3 stars on each level, though, good luck.  After playing through a few levels as well as I could, I only got two (out of three) stars twice.  The game doesn’t allow you to zoom out nearly far enough, so you’re really guessing on your shots, which can be frustrating.  The music is repetitive and doesn’t add anything to the game.  It does increase in difficulty as you progress, but I had no desire to keep playing after about 1.5 hours.

If this game had somehow made it onto your radar, get rid of it.  It’s not fun at all.

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