In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.
If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the weekly column.
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
Original Release: October 27th, 2007
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure is a well made, well designed, attractive, challenging point and click puzzle solver from the folks at Capcom. The title launched on the Wii in October of 2007 and immediately received a wide array of critical praise from gaming rags and sites around the net. It earned a small cult following that went on a pilgramage across message boards and comment sections to deliver news of its awesomeness.
… Despite that, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure remained a sleeper hit. The story is cheese, the characters can be a bit annoying and the humor is rather lame; however, the core puzzle mechanic makes this one an absolute treasure. Fact is, you’ll be challenged consistently throughout the game, and some of the challenges themselves may stump you for hours. For lovers of games that require some sit and think time, Zack & Wiki makes good sense.
The Wii may soon be entering its twilight, especially with the reveal of Nintendo’s Wii U at E3. If you’re looking for a cheap and relatively rare reason to dust your console off and take it for a spin, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure is a solid investment. You’ll be able to find used versions online for less than $10.
Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.