If you saw our article on games we're most looking forward to for 2021, you may have noticed the gorgeous Balan Wonderland on my list. The game is set to release on March 26th, but SQUARE ENIX announced today that there will be a free demo available Thursday Jan. 28th, on PS5, PS4, Switch, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Steam.
If you haven't read up much on the game yet, allow me to paint a quick word picture. The story takes place across 12 different worlds, each world acting as its own story and being comprised of several different acts. Within each of these acts, players will find costumes that will grant them unique capabilities and powers. Utilizing this varied approach, the demo aims to sample across the wide variety by allowing characters to play 2 acts and the boss battle of the first world, while also trying 1 act each of worlds 4 and 6.
Along with being able to try out several different worlds, the demo will enable players to test out the local co-op mode. Co-op mode will enable players to combine their abilities and grant access to paths that are unavailable to solo players.
If you want to know more about any of the worlds available in the demo keep reading below.
Demo Release Date: Midnight, Thursday January 28
* The Steam® edition will be available for download from 5pm, Thursday 28th January.
Platforms: PlayStation®5/PlayStation®4/Nintendo Switch™/Xbox Series X|S/Xbox One/Steam®
Two players can explore the game as the stars of the show Leo and Emma in local co-op mode, combining abilities from different costumes to access new paths that are unavailable in solo play! Simply connect a second controller and push any button on it to activate co-op mode. Using a range of costume abilities, players will be able to collect Balan Statues in each stage as well as access the hidden Balan’s Bout mini-games. The demo will feature three of BALAN WONDERWORLD’s twelve magical worlds:
World 1 – The Man Who Rages Against the Storm
Playable Areas: Act 1, Act 2, Boss Battle
World One is set in a beautiful farm, made up of rolling hills and giant crops. This mysterious world is woven from the memories inside Jose Gallard’s heart, a farmer whose beautiful cornfield is struck by a storm. The boss lurking in the depths of Jose’s world is Barktholomew, the embodiment of Jose’s despair after seeing his cornfield being destroyed.
Make use of a range of costumes to successfully complete this level, including the Jumping Jack costume that allows players to jump to places they just can’t quite reach and the Dainty Dragon costume that uses its fiery breath to clear obstacles in its path!
World 4 – The Boy Who Would be One with the Wind
Playable Areas: Act 1
World Four takes place in a fantastical setting born from the heart of Chang Haoyu and his love of the open sky, where bicycle parts and floating islands of all sizes are scattered through the sky.
Costumes in this world that could come in handy include the Soaring Sheep costume that can float away by puffing up its fluffy fleece, and the Aero Acrobat costume that can soar through the sky and aim kicks at balloons and enemies!
World 6 – The Girl and the Kitten
Playable Areas: Act 1
World Six follows the story of Cass Milligan, depicting the town where she meets a cute kitten. In this magical world built from Cass Milligan’s fond memories, candy pieces and books float in the air and there are mysterious buildings full of moving gears.
Costumes that will help players solve mysteries and perform powerful attacks include the Gear Prince costume that can spin switches with the gear on its stomach to operate machinery, and the Pumpkin Puncher costume that can shoot a rocket punch!
Players will also be granted access to the Isle of Tims – a base area and gateway to the three mysterious worlds. Here, players will meet the magical creatures called Tims; whose powerful abilities can help Leo and Emma as they explore each world and battle Negati! On the Isle of Tims, players can also harvest magical droplets from the colourful flower patches found around the island. These droplets can be fed to Tims in order to evolve their abilities.
BALAN WONDERWORLD will release March 26th, 2021 and can be pre-ordered here. Physical copies of the game also include a collectible Balan Theatre ticket, while supplies last.
About BALAN WONDERWORLD
BALAN WONDERWORLD is a wondrous action-platformer game themed around the mysterious Balan theatre; home to a mischievous maestro named Balan. 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. Players will explore all corners of these labyrinthine stages, battling Negati and playing mini-games that are hidden along the way, to get to the heart of each touching story.