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Let's Catch (2009) is a rhythm action game on the Wii about catching. It was created by Prope, who made the Sonic the Hedgehog games. You use the Wii Remote controller to motion a catch or a throw to a player in the game. The challenge is to learn how to press the button just right and move your hand enough to catch or throw the ball perfectly.

To distract you while you are playing, and make it a little harder, the different characters with which you are playing catch tell you about their lives. Whether intentionally or not, this creates an experience that addresses weighty topics in a light and unusual way.

As you progress through the levels you revisit each character and learn more about how their lives have developed. One young child, for example, tells you about her parents arguing in the early stages. "Let me tell you about my dad. He is always working." Later you find that his dad "Had to move out for work" and he finds it "Weird not having him around." It's a sad story that doesn't offer a glib happy ending but is also hopeful because of the simple enjoyment of the catching interaction.

You can purchase Let's Catch by accessing the Wii Shop Channel on the Wii. You can also buy it on the Wii U, by selecting Wii Mode and then the Wii Shop channel in the same way.

A similar game from the same developer, although without the narrative aspect, is Let's Tap. To play this you place a box on the table and lay the Wii Remote on it. You then control the game by tapping the box in time with the actions on the screen: running, jumping, sprinting. You can play this with up to four people. Other modes include tapping in time to musical beats, tapping to pull away blocks and topple towers, controlling a character through a maze of floating mines and a fireworks mode where you tap to make pretty patterns.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Let's Catch 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Rhythm game with Action and Narrative elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Let's Catch has single-player story modes and multiplayer modes for up to four players. There's also free play, more for families who just want to play catch with each other.

Let's Tap let's up to four people compete against each other.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to have good timing at pressing the button to catch the ball. You also need to be able to swing the Wii Remote and release a button to throw. It's a simple game with a surprisingly deep story, that will go over the heads of the youngest - but won't stop them enjoying it.

CostsCosts

You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/06/2009

Out Now: Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Rhythm (Action and Narrative)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Nakayuji (@Nakayuji)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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