I apologize in advance for being a bit jaded with local multiplayer games on the system, partially because of their abundance but really more due to the lacking level of fun and quality many exhibit. While the art style and general feel of Save Your Nuts is fun and family-friendly, I can’t say the overall action does much to turn my (and my family’s) pretty sour opinion. The elements are there, with you being able to control one of a few different critters that each have their own general strength. The inclusion of some power-ups that you can grab to give you different boosts is also nice. Unfortunately, regardless of the variety those things could bring to the table, nuance isn’t the game’s strength and in the end button-mashing in the mob to move the pile becomes the effective strategy du jour, not because it’s fun but because it is so damned effective. If you have people run off to get power-ups and the other team just goes for the nut they can get such a jump on you that they’ll win the point, too often the effect of the power-ups fall too far short to make them worth the effort. With younger kids the style and lack of depth may be fine but for even moderately seasoned gamers this ends up being a snooze.
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