Here’s a novel concept: save the world with singing.
Wandersong seems charming, I’ll give it that. Having just launched on Kickstarter, the side-scrolling sing-’em-up is aiming to raise at least $18,000 within the next month.
Wandersong is the second crowdfunding campaign from indie developer Greg Lobanov, and it already looks like a massive step up from his previous project, Phantasmaburbia. Not only is the concept more unique, but the quality looks a lot higher overall. It can be genuinely hard to make a 2D side-scroller stand out in 2016, but Wandersong‘s colorful, quirky visual style has no problem grabbing the eye. There’s something very striking about its color palette. I’m reminded of Media Molecule’s papercraft platformer, Tearaway. Kickstarter has already marked the campaign as a ‘Project We Love‘, and it’s easy to see why.
Gameplay will involve using the power of song to solve a variety of problems, following protagonist ‘The Bard’ as he journeys around Wandersong‘s charming world. Interestingly, 90% of the proposed budget is intended to go towards music & sound, though I suppose that would be the most important element to get right in a game like this. A whole bunch of influences have been listed for the game’s folksy, singalong tunes, such as Irish Folk, Amelie & Wind Waker. Moreover, the story is said to have flavours of Earthbound, Over the Garden Wall & My Neighbor Totoro.
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