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Wild Earth: African Safari

Platform(s): Wii
Genre: Action
Publisher: Majesco

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'Wild Earth: African Safari' (Wii) - 14 New Screens

by Judy on Jan. 15, 2008 @ 5:26 p.m. PST

Armed with nothing but a camera and an eye for the perfect shot, players must assume the role of a photojournalist looking to capture award-winning stills of exotic African animals in their natural habitats. Wild Earth: African Safari features eleven different picture-taking missions, more than thirty different exotic African animals and a brand new cooperative game mode which allows players the choice of driving the vehicle or snapping photos while playing with up to three friends. Additionally, a brand new Safari Game mode designed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii¬ô lets gamers utilize the Wii Remote to play from the animal's perspective, transporting them to another world with the touch of a button and the flick of a wrist.

"Wild Earth: African Safari encompasses several great passions – photography, travel and the outdoors – and combines them into a fun and informative interactive experience," said John Merchant, Marketing Manager, Majesco Europe. "With exclusive new features found only in the Wii version, Wild Earth: African Safari lets people experience one of nature's most complex and diverse habitats, without needing their passport or inoculations."

In Wild Earth: African Safari, players assume the role of a photo-journalist on a journey to visually chronicle 30 different wild animals inhabiting the Serengeti National Park. From aggressive packs of hyenas to massive rhinos, the beautifully re-created panorama of the African veldt unfolds as players attempt to capture the shots to create informative magazine quality pictorials. But be warned; get too close to the animals or disrupt the natural landscape and the Impact Meter will rumble your Wii Remote, making it harder to snap a steady picture.

Two new features exclusive to the Wii version include a cooperative multiplayer mode that allows up to three friends to either drive or take pictures, and a Safari Mini-Game mode where gamers can play from the animals' perspective using intuitive gestures via the Wii Remote. In addition, an inspiring soundtrack from world music label, Talking Drum Records, lends an atmospheric backdrop to the game.

Features:

  • Complete 11 picture-taking missions with both primary and secondary objectives. Investigate the bold hyena during a midday thunderstorm. Observe gentle giraffes in the hidden valley from the aerial view of a helicopter. Meet a family of elephants as they take care of their young, etc.
  • An exclusive new Safari Mini-Game mode only for the Wii lets you use the Wii Remote to play from the animal's perspective in 11 different games
  • Includes more than 30 African animals including: cheetah, crocodile, crowned crane, elephant, flamingo, frog, bat, gazelle, giraffe, hippo, hyrax, leopard, lion, ostrich, oxpecker, pangolin, rhinoceros, suricate, tortoise, trout, vulture, warthog, wildebeest and zebra
  • Brand new cooperative multiplayer mode gives players the choice to drive the vehicle or snap photos while playing with anywhere from 1 to 3 friends.
  • Photos collected are placed into an animated slide show presentation of informative articles. In addition, players can select their own favorite photos to keep in their portfolio.
  • The Impact Meter tracks how much of a disturbance you are to the natural habitat. If you disturb too many animals or get to close to them, your Wii Remote will rumble at varying degrees, making it harder to take a steady picture. If the Impact Meter becomes completely depleted, you fail the mission.
  • Experience accurately presented flora and terrain from the Serengeti National Park in Africa, at different times of day and in varied weather. Grasses, shrubs, flowers, kopjes (rocky outcroppings), streams and lakes provide a life-like experience and terrific photo opportunities.
  • Features hours of inspiring soundtrack from the world music label Talking Drum Records in Santa Monica, CA

Release Date: Summer 2008


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