Wii climb higher
Looks like the Wii reaches new heights this week: as Active Life Extreme Challenge, which includes a rock-climbing game, gets released, Rock n’ Roll Climber kinda clambered out of nowhere with little fanfare on Wii’s downloadable-games channel.
The main difference between the two virtual climbers is that Rock n’ Roll Climber uses the Wii Fit balance board (optional) plus the remote-nunchuck combination to send your mountaineer upward, while Active Life Extreme Challenge’s climber moves as you step on a pattern of arrows on its floor mat.
IGN has a review of Rock n’ Roll Climber here, where they call it “surprisingly fun” and “a pretty decent workout”. I would think that stepping on a mat might raise the heart rate more than shifting about on a balance board. But Rock n’ Roll Climber is an affordable $8, and doesn’t come with any mat to add to your game controller clutter.