Balan Wonderworld

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Balan Wonderworld (バランワンダーワールド, Baranwandāwārudo,) sometimes stylized as BALAN WONDERWORLD on various merchandise and gaming platforms, is a 3D action-platformer created/developed by Balan Company, developed by Arzest, and published by Square Enix. It released on March 26th 2021 on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Steam.

About

Balan Wonderworld is a musical theatre-themed action-platformer game centering around the player characters, Leo Craig and Emma Cole, who are accompanied by the flying, stylish stage master Balan. Each of them use various Costumes with unique abilities, that can help them progress through each Chapter's Acts and solve puzzles in the magical world of Wonderworld.

Throughout the game, you'll go through 12 different Chapters, each with labyrinthine-styled stages (Acts) and fight menacing Negati and Nega Bosses. There are mini-games for you to enjoy, including Balan's Bout, and special sports-themed Costumes. There is also an animal-raising system put in-place in the form of Tims.

There is no set language in-game, all the characters and singers speak a fictional language called Balanese, ensuring a universal experience while playing the game.

The game's interface supports 23 languages.

Story

Maestro Balan invites Leo Craig and Emma Cole to a journey into Wonderworld to restore the lost balance of their hearts. Balan Theatre only appears when this balance is lost.[1]

The game's story is mainly about restoring the lost balance in Leo/Emma's hearts, and other people's hearts as well. It teaches the importance of emotional balance.

More information centering around the game's story/in-universe details can be found in Balan Wonderworld ~Maestro of Mystery, Theatre of Wonders~, a tie-in novel released alongside the game's release.

Development

Development of Balan Wonderworld started in July 2018. The game was announced and was presented on July 23, 2020. and the game released on March 26, 2021. The game's demo released on January 28, 2021.

Day 1 Patch:

Balan Wonderworld received a patch on its launch date, this patch fixed a potentially fatal bug that could trigger epilepsy, and further expanded on the Stamp System in-game to balance difficulty. The bug was present during the final boss fight with Lance, when he transitioned between attacks, the screen would flash white rapidly. The patch also adjusted other gameplay components of Balan Wonderworld, including camera tracking and movement controls/speed.

The latest change to Balan Wonderworld was the implementation of a new method to obtain the Demo Launchers. It is unknown if Balan Wonderworld will update its gameplay aspects, or add more content on the base game and/or as downloadable content in the future.

Features

  • Twelve different tales on labyrinthine stages[2]
  • 80 different Costumes. (Actually 81 or 84)
    • Special abilities from each Costume.
  • Hidden Costumes (Act 3 Costumes.)
  • Hidden tricks and stage gimmicks.
  • Collectible Balan Statues.
  • Puzzles to suit the Costumes.
  • An animal-raising system.
  • 12 unique Inhabitants with inner dreams and goals.

Credits

Name in Other Languages

  • English/Korean/Languages using the Latin/Roman alphabet: Balan Wonderworld
  • Japanese: バランワンダーワールド - Baranwandāwārudo - (Balan Wonderworld)
  • Chinese (Simplified): 巴兰的异想奇境 - Bā lán de yì xiǎng qí jìng - (Balan's Bizarre Wonderland)
  • Chinese (Traditional): 巴蘭的異想奇境 - Bā lán de yì xiǎng qí jìng - (Balan's Bizarre Wonderland)

Trivia

  • The game's official Twitter revealed that a demo will be released on January 28, 2021 for all game platforms before the game's release.
    • The game's demo was later delisted on April 14, 2021 for almost every game platform, and April 16, 2021 for the Steam version.
  • Despite supporting Simplified Chinese in-game, there is no Simplified Chinese version of the game's official website.
    • This also goes for Dutch, Arabic, Greek, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Thai, Turkish, (Latin American) Spanish, and Russian.
    • The Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish versions of the website are in English, though the game supports these languages as-is in the full game.
  • In June 2021, Balan Wonderworld's official US price reduced from around 60 US dollars, to 40 US dollars.
  • You can beat Balan Wonderworld's Story without finishing all of the Acts (finishing as in breaking the Heart Tree at the end of each Act), or doing any of the Balan's Bouts.
    • Though, you do need to beat all the Nega Bosses before being able to fight Lance.

Videos

BALAN WONDERWORLD - A SPECTACULAR PREVIEW - ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER
BALAN WONDERWORLD - A SPECTACULAR PREVIEW - ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER
Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima present BALAN WONDERWORLD (Closed Captions)
Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima present BALAN WONDERWORLD (Closed Captions)
Showtime! BALAN WONDERWORLD Opening Movie
Showtime! BALAN WONDERWORLD Opening Movie

References

  1. Prologue of the game
  2. Official Site
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