Let me tell you something I just got a new job. I’ve been dealing with a lot of family gatherings and the holidays have been seriously getting on my nerves. If I hear one more rendition of Baby, It’s Cold Outside I think I may explode. To put the icing on the cake- Stop Stress fell onto my desk. This “game,” if that’s what you want to call it, is one of the most aggravating, stress-inducing games I have ever had the displeasure of experiencing.
No but seriously, Stop Stress: A Day of Fury is awful. It’s almost amazing just how awful it is. To put it frankly, you would have to put in a lot of extra man hours just to make a game this bad. I won’t go into the story because frankly I didn’t get it. Apparently, you play Jack, who is the most stressed out man in history, and his stress filled dreams have come to life. I have absolutely know idea what was going on other then I was being attacked by random things and had to find random items in places that don’t even make sense. Let me explain a little more deeply. The first level has you wandering around your apartment hitting random objects with your slipper while you look for alarm clocks. Annoying alarm clocks that continually buzz to the point that if you don’t turn you volume off within the first 30 seconds, then you must have the patience of a saint. Meanwhile, bugs keep appearing out of nowhere. You may not have done anything to them, but they hate you anyways.
The game controls like a drunken monkey. To move, you turn using the nunchuck’s thumbstick, but then in order to move forward and back you have to use the WiiMote’s D-pad. It’s incredibly awkward to the point where I can’t even bring myself to imply that if you use it long enough, you’ll get used to it. You will not get used to it. It’s simply awful and in a gaming generation that has more or less perfected moving controls, I question how the developer could have made something so poor. It’s just annoying. On that same note, everything graphic wise looks like it’s supposed to, bugs look like bugs and toilets look like toilets, they just look like a 10-year-old drew them.
I can’t say anything “nice” about this game. I’ve played a lot of bad games before, hell, I’ve played Desert Bus. I cannot play Stop Stress however; it’s too… painful… It’s not even so bad it’s funny, I tried playing it with friends and they just got angry that I was even showing them this horrible pile. So do yourself a favor, save your money and go buy a good game, like Little King’s Story.