WILL: A Wonderful World

Great puzzle game, with an interesting game play. Very reading heavy, but a dynamic use of Music/FX to pull you into the stories & scenes. Easy to get sucked into the world the creators have designed.

I started playing WILL: A Wonderful World the same way I jump into most games, knowing a premise and the style. What I didn’t expect was to be pulled into the world of the “God” character for 2 hours in a coffee shop. The Gods in the story are a nice change from the drama of the human stories, cutting away with their own banter and some occasional fourth wall breaks, the Dog-God is sassy butyou holds some secrets… What are you hiding dog?

From what I can see this game started in Chinese, but has been carefully translated and is now available in English as well. If it was translated, I am very impressed so far. The English version doesn’t feel like an awkward translation, and flows seamlessly. Looking past just the written portion of this game’s story, the music and sound effects do a wonderful job of creating the worlds and setting the stage, with some beautiful artwork that appears when you get the stories just right. The characters have their own distinct voices, and the opening of each letter starts in the native language of where their stories take place. Even without having a cut scene to bring you through the stories, you are drawn in by subtle cues in the music, or a jarring jolt of the screen.

I haven’t put a lot of time into this game, but so far it’s a Yes for me. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this story, and the character web unfolds. The artwork in the “Opening Titles” was enough to get me hooked, because it introduced all of the players at once, so I know what to look forward to.

By no means is this a quick game, there are varying numbers of outcomes for each story, and even if you choose to play the “hard mode” of the game, you are not stuck there, and can always choose for a specific letter or event to show the hints, and go right back into the same level you chose when the next part of the story is revealed (which I appreciate as a casual gamer.) It doesn’t have a huge learning curve, and anyone who is into story-heavy games can get into this pretty quickly without needing a super spec’d out gaming rig 🙂

Nippon Marathon

Inspired by Japanese gameshows presents a crazy and fun local multiplayer foot race for fame! From heat seeking melons to old men in skirts, there is a lot of potential for this early access title.

I pretty much love this game, and I want to see more of it. So far I have been playing this game in single player, but even then it is still very fun to play through. One moment your in the lead and then suddenly you wind up tripping into a spectator, or getting knocked down by melons raining from the sky. It’s not all about winning the race, but being the most popular among the competition. You gain popularity by outrunning the competition, using items against your opponents, and answering the random question by Wedy Jones (The game’s field reporter). There is also (so far) a colorful cast of characters such as… man in lobster costume, girl in narwhal hoodie, a guy with a dog for a head, and an old man in schoolgirl uniform. This game is indeed a good time, especially with friends.

This game is an early access title, so that means this game is still unfinished (I mean you can’t even change the volume and sound effects, just turn them off and on). There are so far 4 courses, with 4 more coming later (I really want to see the Steamy Steamy Monkeys level), including a full marathon mode and even a planned story mode. My only criticism is that the character models don’t exactly look… amazing… but the game is seen from a top-down perspective so it’s not that big a deal. I would love to see more come to the game, maybe even see an online multiplayer mode get added to the game (though according to the devs it doesn’t look like they have any plans to add online multiplayer). As it stands this is a game I do highly recommend it, even in its current state. This is the ideal game to invite some friends over to your place and have a good laughing time.

Please note that a controller is HIGHLY recommended for this game.

If your interested in this title, its available on Steam for only $9.99! Check out the store page here!