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Shooting a certain number of windows initiates humorous bonus stages where you take aim at odd targets like golf carts or frozen turkeys! One questionable thing about Target: Terror is the number of continues, which can exceed 40! It seems a little excessive, but I guess you'll need those in order to complete all ten stages. The game automatically saves your progress, along with high scores per stage. It's hard to believe this project got the green light, but shallow gamers like me will be delighted!
Target Terror deserves a rental. It's a game that shouldn't be taken seriously in any way shape or form. It's poorly made but wildly fun, on the same level as a B-movie that you'd take guilty pleasure in. It's just a shame that Konami didn't get the joke and priced it accordingly.
Aside from the iffy framerate issues and the super bad video that would feel right at home in the 1990s, Target: Terror is one of those quirky novelties that are somehow way too much fun to pass up. Yes, it’s a bad game destined for the bargain bin but at the same time it’s one of those rare games that has some redeeming qualities worthy of look for anyone who likes light-gun action games. Wait until the price is just right before buying … which should be pretty soon.
Cheat Code Central
Although the game has many issues, Target Terror is a fun and worthwhile experience. With only ten levels and no multiple pathways, the game is fairly short on content. You will most likely only play this game for three to five hours, making the forty-dollar price tag seem way too steep to consider it for a purchase. Still, the game can be a lot of fun. If you are hungry for another light gun shooter for the Wii, I definitely recommend renting this title. It will at least provide you with one fairly quirky and enjoyable afternoon of shooting terrorists.
There's just nothing redeeming here. You'll probably laugh at the primitive nature of the game, the generic "fight terror with big guns and stuff" theme, and the overall bad presentation of Target: Terror. This is not the shooter the Wii needs to get those Wii Zappers off the shelves. In fact, this isn't the game any console needed. It's frightening to see that this game is being sold at an average game price instead of a bargain price. Just stay away from this, unless for some reason you have a really strong attachment to the arcade experience.
Game Informer Magazine
Much like an American Ninja or Iron Eagle movie, if you see Target: Terror in the bargain bin, pick it up for a laugh. For the full price, however, get your shooting fix elsewhere.
For all its cultish charms, even those who can stomach Target: Terror's style find it hard to deny the game's most unforgivable flaw. We're not sure why but the in-game reticule suffers from slight slowdown at times and severe, game-breaking slowdown in the two-player mode. And when such problems occur you'll find that this fun mockery of a bygone age becomes nothing but a regrettably cumbersome slog.
As I played Target: Terror, the thing I realized is that I’d rather be watching a “making of” video for all of the terrorists. I have a feeling it involved a lot of people hanging out near a green screen, slapping on sunglasses, tossing on a bubble vest, wrapping a T-shirt around a head or two, and acting like lunatics in front of a video camera. Instead of spending the $40 on Target: Terror, I recommend you wrap a T-shirt around your head and film yourself pretending to be a ninja, a terrorist, or a ninja terrorist. Then post it online and send it to your friends.
Armchair Empire, The
As with any game of this strife, the two-player mode elevates the experience. Arguing over who should get the machine gun, flame thrower, freeze gun, or extra health makes Target: Terror feel okay -- not mind-blowing, merely tolerable.
If you’re “that guy” – and you already know if you are – you don’t need us to tell you to run out and grab this game instantly. Yes it’s one of the worst games on Wii as far as tech goes, and yeah, there are countless other light gun experiences out there that’ll destroy this one in terms of pure gameplay, but damn if this isn’t fun in its own, seriously crippled way.
While it's no secret that I'm not the biggest fan of the majority of the Wii titles that come out, Target Terror is not only a black mark on the system, but for the brilliant name Konami. Nevertheless, Target Terror is here and if you buy it, the Terrorist have already won.
I did not even know that it was possible to fail this badly at video game design while still passing the minimum requirements to see release on the Wii, and for Konami to publish it. Apparently, those minimum requirements need to be turned up a little because Target: Terror is an achievement in low quality on the Wii system. Any player who acquires this game should seek psychological help, as the title has managed to avoid having any redeeming qualities whatsoever. As if to provide a finishing bit of mockery, it is currently sold for $40 when it isn't even worth the quarter it costs to try it in the original arcade form. In a single word: avoid. Konami's newest shame is here, and it is Target: Terror.
Target: Terror could have filled a niche as an amusing light-gun shooter, but there are just too many flaws to overlook. Though it might be worth playing merely to laugh at the extreme overacting, the imprecise controls and bland level design ensure you won't be able to stick with this game for long. There are better--and cheaper--light-gun games on the Wii to spend your time on.
In fact, the best buying advice I could offer is to pick the game up from the bargain bin in a few months, along with copious amounts of liquor (if you're of age), and throw a Target: Terror party. You may be waiting for a while, due to Konami's decision to attach a ludicrous $40 price tag to the game, but your friends will thank you for the night or two of unintentional hilarity the game will provide.
Every other rail shooter that’s been released for the Wii is better than this one. Target: Terror is unnecessarily difficult and every bit as hollow as it is ugly. It falls short of being deliciously campy, but if you are feeling the urge to take on droves of WWE rejects and think that concepts like “strategy”, “fun”, or “complexity” are overrated, go ahead and give it a shot. Just keep in mind that 40 bucks could also get you lots and lots of bubble wrap.