Fans interested in checking out the upcoming Balan Wonderworld are in luck. Square Enix is rolling out the free playable demo today across PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC. According to Square Enix, the Balan Wonderworld demo will include three of the twelve magical worlds to explore.
The three worlds are picked from a range of different ones in the main game including the first, fourth and sixth world. Square Enix released a detailed explanation on each of the world:
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.”
Along with the demo comes a new Balan Wonderworld gameplay trailer. The trailer is quite an experience and not only showcases the game’s platforming but there’s even a musical number in it too. The trailer is even called “True Happiness is an Adventure”. For those who don’t know, Balan Wonderworld is being directed by Yuji Naka with art direction by Naoto Ohshima, creators of Sonic the Hedgehog and Nights into Dreams. The game releases on 26 March 2021.