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Balan Wonderworld

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: March 26, 2021

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'Balan Wonderworld' (ALL) Shows Off Photo Mode, Mini Games, Chapter 7, 8 And 9 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 26, 2021 @ 11:18 a.m. PST

Entering a whimsical and bizarre land through a mysterious theatre, Balan Wonderworld is an action-platformer where you take on the role of Leo and Emma as they embark on an adventure like no other.

As players explore the fantastical land of Wonderworld, they’ll be guided by an enigmatic maestro named Balan, who will help players restore balance to the world by clearing Wonderworld of Negati, physical manifestations of worry and other negative emotions.

To accomplish this, players will jump, climb, fly, smash, and more, as they explore a multitude of unique environments within Wonderworld, collecting over 80 unique costumes to assist on the journey. The costumes change Leo’s and Emma’s appearances, granting them a wide array of fantastical powers to overcome obstacles, from the Pumpkin Puncher outfit that lets players smash through enemies or obstacles blocking pathways to the Air Cat costume that allows players to walk in mid-air for a certain amount of time.

The possibilities are endless as you bash your enemies, walk in the air, freeze time and manipulate all kinds of objects with the costumes you collect!

World Seven

The world born from Cal’s heart shows his obsession with chess. The landscape is full of differences in height, and there areall kinds of tricks that make use of this.

Chapter Seven features costumes that can glide for extended periods of time, as well as costumes of chess pieces that seem toreflect Cal’s state of mind.

World Eight

A world where everything has completely frozen. Objects from Iben’s memories with her parents lie scattered around the town encased in ice and snow.

Many of the costumes in the frozen world of Chapter Eight have something to do with ice. Costumes that might come in handy include the yeti, ice golem, and ethereal ice queen costumes.

World Nine

The world in Attilio’s heart glitters with illuminations. Explore the playful rides that seem to represent how his heart flutters with love, and indoor attractions that reflect the impasse he’s reached.

The costumes in Chapter Nine are the kind of colourful costumes you can expect to find at a theme park. You too can feel likea theme park employee, as you dress up as a clown, magician or even ghost!

Mini Games

In each Chapter, there’s one special costume box hidden somewhere in the stage. By opening this costume box, you can play sportsmini games, like football or golf. As well as the two mini games we’ll be introducing today, there are other sports-themed mini games to find. Take a break from the main adventure and search for the special costumes in lots of different chapters!

Photo Mode

In Balan Wonderworld, you can take your very own photos with Photo Mode. In Photo Mode, you can move the camera around freely, so you can take photos from angles that you can’t see during normal gameplay. Use the photo mode to record your memories of Wonderworld!

A free Balan Wonderworld demo is available on PS5/PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, X|S/Xbox One and PC (Steam), allowing players to experience two hours of gameplay ahead of its release.

Balan Wonderworld is an all-new experience from renowned gaming industry talent including Director, Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise Creator, Team Sonic Co-Founder) and Character Designer, Naoto Ohshima (Sonic the Hedgehog, Doctor Eggman, Team Sonic Co-Founder). The game marks Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima’s first collaboration in 20 years and is the first game from the newly established Balan Company gaming brand. Balan Company brings together talented video game developers, visual artists, and composers to tell the greatest stories and provide the ultimate platformer experiences.  

Balan Wonderworld will be available for Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X with support for Smart Delivery and PC (Steam) on March 26, 2021.

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