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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 302 Ratings

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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: 60 out of 175
  1. Mar 30, 2021
    10
    11/10 Greatest Game of All time!!! Also welcome to the gaming industry, which is basically a greedy, lying sack of filth :(
  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.
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    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 28, 2021
    1
    This game had alot of potential and hype going for it in it's first trailer being published by Square and developed by the creator of SonicThis game had alot of potential and hype going for it in it's first trailer being published by Square and developed by the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sadly There was no care or Polish put into this title, they released a demo that everybody hated and could have delayed the game to better it but they didn't. It plays horrible, looks horrible, and feels horrible. Don't waste your money on this garbage. The developers didn't care and neither should you. Expand
  5. Aug 10, 2022
    0
    DO NOT TRUST THE POSITIVE REVIEWS. Most of them are bots created by Squeenix to positive review bomb this game. The actual game is awful,DO NOT TRUST THE POSITIVE REVIEWS. Most of them are bots created by Squeenix to positive review bomb this game. The actual game is awful, there is literally one action you can do for each suit, most of the actions repeating, and beng unable to jump can softlock you multiple times, the levels are drab and lifeless, the story is laughable, the switch version is by far the worst version of this game. Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2021
    0
    El peor juego de estos últimos 3 años. Jugué la demo y No aguante ni 15 minutos. Es un juego con malos gráficos, malos niveles, malosEl peor juego de estos últimos 3 años. Jugué la demo y No aguante ni 15 minutos. Es un juego con malos gráficos, malos niveles, malos diseños...etc. No hay ningún punto positivo que se le pueda sacar. Ojalá este título sea el punto de partida de como no hacer un plataformas 3d. Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2021
    0
    This game stinks, the bots are giving it a 10/10

    Don’t even try it, it’s that bad

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