Balan Wonderworld

SQUARE ENIX, ARZEST Corp.

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
48
Top Critic Average
10%
Critics Recommend
Based on 68 critic reviews
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Balan Wonderworld

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

48

Top Critic Average

10%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchMar 26, 2021
PCMar 26, 2021
PlayStation 4Mar 26, 2021
Xbox OneMar 26, 2021

Developer: ARZEST Corp.

Publisher: SQUARE ENIX

Genres: Action, Adventure

Welcome to a wonderous all-action show, the likes of which has never been seen before! BALAN WONDERWORLD is a wondrous action platformer game themed around the Balan Theatre. Led by the enigmatic maestro named Balan, the stars of the show Emma and Leo will use special abilities from a multitude of characterful costumes as they adventure in the bizarre and imaginary land of Wonderworld. Here memories and vistas from the real world mix with the things that people hold dear. Twelve different tales await our stars in the Wonderworld, each with their own unique quirks. They will explore all corners of these labyrinthine stages, filled with a myriad of tricks and traps, to get to the heart of each story. WONDERWORLD EXISTS IN PEOPLE'S HEARTS AND IMAGINATION The setting for this tale is the fantastic, bizarre land of Wonderworld; a place where people's happy and positive memories mix with their restless worries and negativity. Leo and Emma are led into Wonderworld by the mysterious clown Balan and set off on a journey to find what is important to them. Before they can return to the real world, they must first restore the lost balance in their hearts... OVER 80 DIFFERENT COSTUMES OPEN UP ALL THE ACTION YOU COULD WANT! The stars of the show can use powers from the inhabitants of Wonderworld by wearing their colourful costumes, with over 80 different ones to try on! Bash your enemies, walk in the air, freeze time or manipulate all kinds of objects... the possibilities are endless when you pick up a new costume. TWO LEGENDARY CREATORS REUNITE! Come one, come all and enjoy the pinnacle of Square Enix storytelling in an all-action world of wonder created by the legendary Naka Yuji. For the first time in 20 years Naka Yuji and Oshima Naoto join forces forming the BALAN COMPANY team; founded around, bringing together action game development, video and music production professionals from both inside and outside of the company.

Balan Wonderworld Critic Reviews

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IGN

4 / 10.0
Tom Marks

All the charm in the universe couldn't save Balan Wonderworld's half-baked platforming and ill-advised one-button design from being a complete bore.

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

Surreal, enigmatic and often sloppily executed, Balan Wonderworld is a 90s throwback that might be too period correct for some.

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GameCentral
4 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A slightly embarrassing attempt to recall the early days of 3D platforming, with a central gimmick that never really captures the imagination and clunky controls and gameplay.

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Balan Wonderworld Day One Patch Will Address Demo Feedback

Balan Wonderworld Day One Patch Will Address Demo Feedback

Balan Wonderworld is due out in just a few days, but the team behind the game has promised the fans they're demo feedback is being heard and will be addressed in the day one patch.

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BALAN WONDERWORLD | True Happiness is an Adventure | Gameplay Trailer thumbnail

BALAN WONDERWORLD | True Happiness is an Adventure | Gameplay Trailer

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Showtime! BALAN WONDERWORLD Opening Movie

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BALAN WONDERWORLD - A SPECTACULAR PREVIEW | ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER

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