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  • Summary: Balan Wonderworld is a wondrous action-platformer game themed around a mysterious musical theatre. The stars of the show 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 theBalan Wonderworld is a wondrous action-platformer game themed around a mysterious musical theatre. The stars of the show 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 Wonderworld, each with their own unique quirks. They will explore all corners of these labyrinthine stages, using all the tricks and gimmicks hidden along the way, to get to the heart of each touching story. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. Apr 1, 2021
    80
    Balan Wonderworld is perfect for those who want a relatively relaxed game that delights the mind while not being overly tricky, fills up the cuteness meter, and rewards those who seek out every collectable. There are occasional frame rate drops and some potential confusion at the start due to lack of narration or knowledge about musicals. Along with what for some will be an issue with minimal lack of difficulty increase outside of boss battles and post-game content, this means overall enjoyment may be restricted for some players.
  2. Apr 1, 2021
    50
    It's worth diving into for visuals alone. The chibi art style is adorable and certainly elevated the visuals beyond the typical cheery Unreal Engine 4 vibe to something much more, and the variety of costumes, while the amount makes it a huge game of hit-or-miss, brings a new level of diversity to the character themselves.
  3. Apr 5, 2021
    50
    All in all Balan Wonderworld is an archaic action-platformer with tons of shortcomings in terms of level design and overall presentation. If you love the genre, you would probably be repulsed by this game, instead of welcoming it with open arms.
  4. Mar 30, 2021
    40
    The unwavering cheerfulness that permeates every ounce of Balan Wonderworld can’t overcome the shallow gameplay and questionable design choices that come every step of the way.
  5. 40
    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.
  6. Mar 31, 2021
    40
    Balan Wonderworld presents itself as having a world filled to the brim with imagination, ambition, whimsy, emotion and more. And while the game’s world has a lot of that, the actual game sadly does not. It lacks a solid narrative, satisfying gameplay and a good amount of variety, instead containing uninspired levels, awkward controls and a progression system that feels more like it rewards grinding. Fans of early 2000s platformers may be tempted to try it out, but there are far better alternatives to pick up instead. If this is supposed to be an ode to musical theater, then this is Balan Company’s Turn Off the Dark, and Balan Wonderworld is going to need a massive revamp in order for the franchise to survive.
  7. Apr 16, 2021
    30
    An oversimplified control system and an archaic level design could have been a fad if Balan Wonderworld had been released more than a decade ago. But in these times, Balan Wonderworld is nothing more than an uninteresting, tasteless relic of the past. Players who are interested in beautiful, fantasy-inspired platformers have many more interesting options out there to pick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 75
  2. Negative: 38 out of 75
  1. Mar 29, 2021
    10
    Easily the most charming game of the generation.
    A full concentrate of the classic platform mechanics, but with some holy and happiness ingredients
  2. Mar 29, 2021
    10
    Exist people that just doesn't even play this game, and they also try to boycott it with false 0 negative reviews.
    LOL

    Just ridiculous babies
  3. Mar 27, 2021
    10
    I've really enjoyed my time passed with this game.
    Sure isn't implacable, but the platform section of world 5, 7, and 9 are just AWESOME.
    I've really enjoyed my time passed with this game.
    Sure isn't implacable, but the platform section of world 5, 7, and 9 are just AWESOME.
    You should try this kind of magnificent section to realize the true scope of the game.
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  4. Mar 27, 2021
    4
    No destaca técnicamente, ni su duración, movimientos ortopédicos. Una gran decepción... sobretodo viniendo de los padres de los juegos de miNo destaca técnicamente, ni su duración, movimientos ortopédicos. Una gran decepción... sobretodo viniendo de los padres de los juegos de mi infancia. Quién os ha visto y quién os ve... Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2022
    1
    Absolute garbage, plus the publisher or whoever pays to or up faked positive reviews….
  6. Apr 26, 2021
    0
    This game looks terrible and controls worse. Unimpressive is not a suitable descriptor, this game is straight up BAD. Do not trust the paid reviews.
  7. Mar 29, 2021
    0
    This game is REALLY bad! Everything is out of place, the very slow and jank gameplay, nintendo 64 era grapichs, some glitches etc. Don't wasteThis game is REALLY bad! Everything is out of place, the very slow and jank gameplay, nintendo 64 era grapichs, some glitches etc. Don't waste $60 on this!!! Expand

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