Published: March 19, 2010 at 1:51 PM
I like Indy, but Midway Mania takes this hands down IMO.
To the person above who compares Midway Mania and Buzz Lightyear: IMO the improvements made between Buzz Lightyear and Midway Mania are gargantuan (and I am a Game Developer by trade). I like Buzz Lightyear too, and think the visuals and idea behind that attraction are good, but the execution in Midway Mania was just so much better in comparison:
- Better control on the shooters
- The visceral nature of the 3D
- The clear user feedback on where your shots go and what targets you hit, and ow many points you get for each
- No distracting second-controller (spinning the car in Buzz)
It has a HUGE extra heaping of fun factor on top of what you get on Buzz.
Additionally, it's the type of game anyone can play and enjoy the first time they try it (my 3 year old loved it, as does my 40+ year-old wife) and yet hardcores can try to figure out details, strategies, and tricks to compete for ridiculous high scores.
Theme-park-ride-as-game seems to be a new concept, and this is easily the best one I've tried so far. As such, I'd argue it's as groundbreaking as Indy, just in a different way.