Balan Wonderworld is an upcoming platform game developed by Balan Company and Arzest, and published by Squa...
Balan Wonderworld is an upcoming platform game developed by Balan Company and Arzest, and published by Square Enix. It is scheduled for release on March 26, 2021 for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. The game is being directed by Yuji Naka with art direction by Naoto Ohshima, creators of Sonic the Hedgehog and Nights into Dreams. It is the first game by Balan Company, which was formed by Naka as a subsidiary of Square Enix.
Polygon described Balan Wonderworld as a 3D action platform game "with musical flair". Balan Wonderworld follows two characters, Leo Craig and Emma Cole, as they follow the maestro Balan through the Wonderworld, a setting described as a mix of an imaginary world and reality. Over 80 different collectible costumes give different abilities to the player character. The player can keep up to three costumes on at a time, and when the player is hit with a costume on, they will lose the costume, and they will be required to restart the stage if they take damage with all costumes lost. They can switch out their costumes at checkpoints. The game will play out in a series of 12 stories. Journalists noted parallels to the Sonic the Hedgehog, Nights into Dreams and Super Mario series.
There are several collectables in each stage. There are several statues of Balan which can be collected in each stage, which can unlock new worlds. The player can also collect golden hats. Collecting these will cause the player to enter a minigame where the player takes control of Balan during quick time events, rewarding the player with Drops. Drops can also be collected in regular stages. Similarly, special crystals can be found in each chapter, allowing the player to participate in a sports-themed minigame, also rewarding the player with drops.
The game contains a large world called the Isle of Tims. Tims, creatures which are found in this world, can be fed Drops, changing their color.