publisher: Square-Enix / Eidos
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: split screen, players: 1-2
Balan Wonderworld is a three-dimensional platformer from Square Enix. The game is the debut of Balan Company, a new studio of the publisher. The team was led by Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima, creators of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They both recently worked together on the cult NiGHTS Into Dreams, which has a lot in common with Balan Wonderland.
Balan Wonderworldtells the story of two heroes: Emmy and Leo. Both of them are in their own anxious thoughts when they find the building housing the Wonderland. It soon turns out that this is not an ordinary amusement park, but a huge, fairy-tale world. Led by the mysterious Balan, Emma and Leo go on a journey to heal the hearts and minds of the land's inhabitants. Both of them will also discover what really matters to them. The history of this journey is presented in twelve minor stories dedicated to the fate of a group of people.
Balan Wonderworld brings to mind other 3D platformers like Super Mario Odyssey and NiGHTS Into Dreams. So we have a three-dimensional environment filled with platforms, obstacles, enemies and simple puzzles. We can find here amusement parks, surreal chessboards, ice tundra and many other locations, each with unique mechanics.
It's not enough just to run and jump to get to overcome the challenges of the following levels. In the game you will find over 80 costumes, which will give your characters special abilities. This includes walking in the air, stopping time and being able to manipulate objects in many ways. These and other skills are also useful in the fight against bosses.
In technical terms, Balan Wonderworld is not inferior to competing platformers. Three-dimensional graphics maintain the distinctive style of Naoto Oshima, known for example from NiGHTS Into Dreams.
PC / Windows
- Intel Core i5-4430 3.0 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz
- 8 GB RAM
- graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 760 / Radeon R9 270X or better
- 20 GB HDD
- Windows 8.1/10 64-bit
- Intel Core i5-6400 2.7 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2 GHz
- 16 GB RAM
- graphic card 3 GB GeForce GTX 1060 / 4 GB Radeon RX 480 or better
- 20 GB HDD
- Windows 10 64-bit