Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs (known as Job Island: Hard Working People in Europe) is an action puzzle game for the Wii whe the players are made to play a number of mini-games based on real life jobs. It was developed and published by Hudson Soft, developers of the Mario Party series and was released in Japan for the Wii on November 27, 2008, in Europe on March 13, 2009, in Australia on March 27, 2009, and in North America on May 12, 2009. It was published by Konami in Europe.
The game has had positive reception by critics with Official Nintendo Magazine giving a score of 78% and praising how enjoyable its mini-games are. GameSpot gave a score of 7/10 saying that it has a great variety of mini-games and praising its longevity. However they criticised that some mini-games had control and design issues and parts of the game can get repetitive.
The world is in danger! A huge meteor is plummeting towards earth and the only way to save the planet from destruction is to earn enough money to purchase the anti-meteor gadgets from a TV shopping channel! This bizarre storyline is the basis for Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs, a quirky and brilliantly entertaining title featuring 50 mini games that must be finished to earn the money to save the world! However, players must perform better than the other workers in order to succeed!
Each of the 50 mini games are in fact jobs players must undertake successfully in order to earn money. These jobs range from the simple to the ridiculous and all make use of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in ways players would never have thought possible.
As a red carpet interviewer for example, the player runs around the celebrity laden carpet waiting for them to give interviews. If you get their first and bag the big star, you earn more money! Managing a BBQ grill players must twist the skewers of meat using the Wii Remote to prevent them from burning and as farmer you must harvest carrots as quickly as possible and also milk a cow! Each job requires skill and concentration to complete and will test all gamers, regardless of their skills!
With three levels of difficulty and a multiplayer mode that allows two people to go head to head on any of the jobs that are available in a straight heads-up duel, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained and amused.
- Stop a giant meteor from crashing into Earth!
- Get a job, earn money and save the world!
- 50 'job' minigames to complete.
- Huge range of jobs, from body builder to crane operator!
- Two-player head-to-head quick play mode.