WiiWare has been offering surrealist feel-good titles for some time now. NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits portrayed the Greek goddess of the night Nyx as she searched for her dear friend Icarus who had gone missing. It was a tale of friendship combined with nice graphics and excellent gameplay. LostWinds was a platformer that utilized the Wii Remote and focused on wind control. Players took the role of Toku as he attempted to save his homeland from the evil Balasar.
A new game in that same spirit is due out for WiiWare next week, and it comes to us from developer Game Arts. The developer has been around since the 80s and is probably known most for its work in the Grandia and Lunar series. Game Arts has also released a couple of shooters and more recently helped in developing Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up.
The Magic Obelisk has already been released in Japan, and Game Arts president Kazuki Morishita called the game a “labor of love.” With wording like that, it almost calls for gamers to expect a must-play title. The game stars Lukus, a tree spirit desperately looking for a place to call home so he can turn into a tree. Popo, a light spirit, will aid Lukus and provide shadows for Lukus to hide under as he goes on his quest.
The game is due out December 28, and it will be priced at 500 Wii Points ($5). Gamers who were left wanting more after playing titles such as LostWinds may want to give The Magic Obelisk a look. It certainly looks promising, and the shadow-based gameplay is intriguing to say the least. We’ll find out if The Magic Obelisk truly is a labor of love when it launches on WiiWare next week.
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