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Balan Wonderworld

SQUARE ENIX, ARZEST Corp.
Mar 26, 2021 - Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Weak

OpenCritic Rating

48

Top Critic Average

10%

Critics Recommend

IGN
4 / 10
Eurogamer
No Recommendation
Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
Easy Allies
4.5 / 10
GameSpot
5 / 10
Destructoid
5.5 / 10
Hobby Consolas
68 / 100
TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
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Balan Wonderworld Trailers

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

BALAN WONDERWORLD | True Happiness is an Adventure | Gameplay Trailer

Showtime! BALAN WONDERWORLD Opening Movie thumbnail

Showtime! BALAN WONDERWORLD Opening Movie

BALAN WONDERWORLD - A SPECTACULAR PREVIEW | ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER thumbnail

BALAN WONDERWORLD - A SPECTACULAR PREVIEW | ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER


Balan Wonderworld Screenshots



Critic Reviews for Balan Wonderworld

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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Metro GameCentral

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 is an occasionally inspired, often unimaginative platformer lost to time.

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Like I said at the top of this review, your enjoyment of Balan Wonderworld is going to depend on your tolerance for primitive 3D level design. Strip away the unnecessary costumes and their poorly implemented management system - and fire those Balan's Bouts into the sun - and you might have a nice throwback to a more experimental time of platform gaming, one that would be easier to recommend. But sadly, you can't just strip those elements away. They're here, and they're ruining what is otherwise an enjoyable rewind to the golden era of the mascot platformer.

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Mixed feelings: graphics and sound offer a surreal and engaging experience, but gameplay wise, several camera hiccups and uneven level design may become frustrating. Balan is able to appeal your inner child... If that child is a patient one.

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Balan Wonderworld is a passable platformer marred by a string of increasingly baffling design decisions. It has charm by the bucketload and off-the-wall concepts that land well in spite of themselves, but the experience is inconsistent at best and frustrating at worst. There is a good game in here somewhere, and it is great fun at points, but waiting for those points isn't really worth it.

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OpenCritic Coverage

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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