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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: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. 70
    I genuinely love Balan Wonderworld because it caught me at just the right moment to indulge its whimsy. I don't for a second think it's a great game or platformer, but then I also just don't care. It offers something much more viscerally engaging; raw creative energy, and I would rather a hundred games fall flat like this one has and at least give me something different than play yet another highly refined copy of something I've already played a hundred times. Sometimes, just sometimes, raw creativity is enough in itself.
  2. Apr 16, 2021
    55
    Balan Wonderworld looks great but feels incomplete. The game lets you journey through six different stories while collecting golden statues and morphing from one outfit to another. There are 80 different outfits in the game, but some of them feel double or not useful at all. Where the game is great to play alone, the multiplayer feels rushed, where player two doesn't get to do all the things player one can. That being said, the game feels like a great way for kids to spend time.
  3. Nintendo Force Magazine
    May 17, 2021
    50
    This game is far too undercooked. [Issue #52 – May/June 2021, p. 73]
  4. Mar 29, 2021
    30
    Balan Wonderworld is a hodge-podge of half-formed platforming ideas that squander a whole lot of charm.
  5. Apr 9, 2021
    30
    Balan Wonderworld is not comfortable or fun to play. It isn’t memorable. If you want to understand everything happening, you have to buy the ebook and go to that outside source for an explanation. It is bland, repetitious, and has design choices that are the opposite of ensuring a good quality of life. It is a clear example of a situation where you should read the book, rather than play the game. There are times when it feels like a fever dream, something too weird to actually be true, as it fades from your mind. But then you look at that icon in your system’s Home menu and know it really happened.
  6. 30
    Balan Wonderworld will leave you with a sense of wonder. A nagging sort of wonder. The kind of wonder that makes you wonder. Wonder how a game could so masterfully miss literally every opportunity to treat its players with a modicum of respect. Wonder how a very well known publisher could stomach having it in their library. Wonder what in the world happened with the Switch version. Wonder where your $60 went.
  7. Mar 29, 2021
    20
    Balan Wonderworld is an otherworldly disaster: tedious to play, visually repellent, and – at least on Switch – stomach-churning to control.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 167
  1. Mar 31, 2021
    10
    Easily the most interesting and intriguing platform games of this generation.

    You should try this.
    Because it's really an amazing game
  2. Mar 30, 2021
    10
    If you are searching for a good platform game, this is what you need to play.

    Artstyle 10/10 Soundtrack 10/10 Level Design 10/10 The
    If you are searching for a good platform game, this is what you need to play.

    Artstyle 10/10
    Soundtrack 10/10
    Level Design 10/10

    The thing that surprises me more it's undoubtedly the platforming of the game. When you reach the second part of the game, the platforming becomes more complex and definitely more interesting.
    Deserves to be played by who likes the platform genre
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  3. Mar 27, 2021
    10
    The first thing I value in a game is undoubtedly its gameplay.
    And in that, Balan Wonderworld is promoted with the highest rating, imho.
    A
    The first thing I value in a game is undoubtedly its gameplay.
    And in that, Balan Wonderworld is promoted with the highest rating, imho.
    A large part of the levels created in this game seem to be created in a bizarre way, but at the same time in an extremely clever way.
    Hidden passages, secret streets and intriguing maps accompany this work that winks at the classic games of past generations, in a good way.
    (especially if you love games like NiGHTS or Croc, you will also love this Balan Wonderworld)

    I can be more than satisfied, despite everything.
    And I would say that I can confidently recommend it.
    Especially if you are looking for an intriguing and surprising platformer.

    P.S .: the game's soundtrack is great.
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  4. Mar 27, 2021
    1
    Easily one of the worst games I have ever played. I don't think I have ever felt a platformer that felt this bad to control and had suchEasily one of the worst games I have ever played. I don't think I have ever felt a platformer that felt this bad to control and had such limited, bad ideas for content. Expand
  5. May 11, 2021
    0
    Very good idea and ambitious project great cutscene graphics, sadly that doesn't help it at all. Bad graphics outside of cutscenes, badVery good idea and ambitious project great cutscene graphics, sadly that doesn't help it at all. Bad graphics outside of cutscenes, bad controls, many stolen aspects, slow gameplay, and basically the exact same power-ups reused with small changes in many levels are the reasons for me, and many other people giving this a bad review. For sixty dollars too?! Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2021
    0
    Do Not Listen to the Positive reviews, they are Lieing and Fake. One of the Worst experiences I have ever had in my entire life. The GameDo Not Listen to the Positive reviews, they are Lieing and Fake. One of the Worst experiences I have ever had in my entire life. The Game plays, looks, and feels horrible beyond belief and the frame water will often drop below 10FPS making the game basically unplayable. The controls feel horrible and the models like dissapear and vanish when you get close to them. The game is a huge mess. Anybody hoping for a Sonic/Nights feeling game you won't find it here. The game is trash.. Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2021
    0
    actually kind of funny bots and trolls are reverse review bombing this game with great scores. But lets be honest square doesn't care aboutactually kind of funny bots and trolls are reverse review bombing this game with great scores. But lets be honest square doesn't care about this game and neither should you. Stay away at all cost.... Expand

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