Monday, July 14, 2008

Lost Winds

Developer: Frontier
Publisher: Frontier
Release Date: May 12, 2008
System: Wii
ESRB Rating: E
Official Web site

In a nutshell: You are the wind beneath my 2-D platformer.

0:00 A independently-developed 2-D platformer that uses the Wii remote? What's not to be excited about?

0:01 A little, towheaded boy in a brown and red outfit sleeps at the foot of a large tree. Gentle flute music and twittering birds play in the background, with the title hovering about mid-screen.

0:02 "Try waving the Wind cursor over Toku to wake him up." I do, and he does. The wind rustles the leaves and bushes in the background, as well. WHOOSH!

0:03 Some great, vibrant animation as Toku runs left and right and climbs up waist-high cliffs. The environments are lush 3-D, but the controls are decidedly 2-D -- left and right and up and down.

0:04 A land-bridge crumbles as Toku steps onto it, and he falls into a sparkling cave. Still loving the lilting flute music.

0:05 Toku auto-jumps when he comes to an edge. I'm usually not a fan of the auto-jump -- seems a little skill-less to me. But what do I know?

Read the full review at Crispy Gamer

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