Before reading this First Impressions, please note that I am playing on PC so my experience may differ from yours when picking up this game (thanks to this being available on every console).
The game opens to a character selection screen where you can pick between a male or female protagonist with different skin tones. After doing so, be prepared for a magical Square Enix cinematic. Upon finishing, you end up in Balan’s Wonderworld and this is where the adventure begins….
Chao Garden 2.0?
Since this is the demo, I don’t have as strong of a context with what this hub world really is. However, to me it feels like a Chao Garden-esque thing where these little chickadees want some crystals that you can pick up in the levels. Again, this is just the DEMO so we’ll see when the final game arrives.
Costumes for Combat
This game boasts about there being 80+ costumers to wear for different abilities. To my surprise, without a costume, all our character can do is jump…..just, jump. At first, I thought this wasn’t good. However, once getting use to the movement, jumping is the best option so each costume has it’s own unique ability needed for certain situations. There’s one that gives you a tornado spin, another that lets you hover for a few seconds, and a final one that extends your body.
Physics in a Platformer
This is where I think the game will be hated on the most. I personally have no problem with the game physics since the game is built around it. You lose momentum when hovering, your jumping doesn’t take you far, etc. This would be an issue if it ruined the platforming, which it doesn’t. Again, this is just one person’s thoughts on the game.
Jump into a Weird World
This games world design is weird to say the least. If you know about Alice in Wonderland, with the optical illusions, weird scenery, etc. this game takes that as it’s base idea and makes it their own. Balan is just weird and that’s something I love. Would Balan be an antagonist or just mess with the player? What’s the end goal here? I don’t know, but I am excited to see what this final game is like.