There is a good chance you may have heard nothing about this new title “Ivy he Kiwi?” slated to hit shelves later this summer. I personally love unique quirky title’s that seem to create the whole “video games/art” debates in discussions due to the charm and quality put into to music and artwork. This title would be one of those without a doubt.
Yuki Naka, the co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog originally developed this game for Windows Mobile in Japan. If you don’t live in Japan or have Windows Mobile, you are now in luck as this brave little Kiwi is making it’s way to the Nintendo DS and the Wii. From first looks at the screens released, you might think this is a casual platform title. What lies underneath though seems to be a mix of platforming and puzzles that should please any fans of either genre.
The story begins in Ivy the Kiwi? with a egg hatching, and the newborn Kiwi, Ivy popping out and looking for her mother. With Ivy’s mother nowhere in sight, and just her head and legs out of the egg, she sets out on a journey to find her in the dark forest. In this title, you do not control Ivy at all, you actually take control of the forest’s vines, protecting Ivy from any danger and obstacles guiding her on the trail of her mother’s feathers to find her mother. If you have ever played “Kirby’s Canvas Curse” or “Yoshi’s Touch & Go” this will make you feel right at home as it seems to play quite similar. The game is made like a hand drawn storybook. As you move through pages turn unveiling more areas you must guide the young Kiwi through. With over 100+ levels and up to four player multi-player, this leads to a jam-packed game full of beautiful artwork and unique gameplay.
Of course this title is coming out with the big guy’s like Halo: Reach, Fallout: New Vegas and many more of the packed line-ups this year, but nothing is better than taking a break from all of that and checking out a small release with a lot of charm and heart to it. Ivy the Kiwi? is dated for release on August 24th for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and with a mini-compilation on the DSiware and WiiWare. Check out the trailer and screens below.