Yoshi's Wooly World (WiiU)
Arcade 26 June 2015
Three-dimensional platformer for the whole family developed by Nintendo. Yoshi’s Wooly World is set in a world made of yarn. We play as the titular green dinosaur Yoshi, one of the main mascots of the Japanese company; the game expands on concept of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. We received a classic platformer in 2.5D, in which our hero is followed by running eggs, which can be shot at various targets or parts of scenery. Thanks to the world being made of yarn, many objects can be unraveled to unlock new paths and secrets. Yoshi’s Wooly World offers a cooperation mode for two players. Each three-dimensional location is made of virtual yarn, and every character resembles a handcrafted puppet filled with cotton.
Rayman Legends (WiiU)
Arcade 30 August 2013
An action 2D platform game starring a sympathetic creature of a protagonist. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and is the fifth full-fledged installment in the series created by Michel Ancel. This time the titular protagonist and his friend Globox must face nightmares which have created amazing worlds during the 100 years they have spent in the Crossroads of Dreams. Rayman must also free the Teensies captured by the clone of the deceptive Magician. Gameplay mechanics and the visual style of Rayman Legends are similar to the mechanics and style of the previous Rayman game (Rayman Origins). The new features in the game include musical levels and a system that allows other players to freely join the game in split-screen cooperation mode.
Shovel Knight (WiiU)
Arcade 26 June 2014
Shovel Knight is a classical 2D platform game with elements of adventure and RPG, set in fantasy world. The title is a debut of the independent studio Yacht Club Games, hiring, among others, former employees of the experienced Way Forward studio. In the production, we impersonate a titular knight who, with the help of a legendary shovel-like weapon, fights the mysterious members of The Order of No Quarter. Traversing subsequent locations, our hero faces scores of enemies, including difficult bosses. Interacting with certain elements of the environment, he solves series of puzzles, facilitating the completion of a given level. Gameplay is modeled after classic platform games like Mega Man and Castlevania. Its old-school character is emphasized by pixel-art graphic design. The game lets you play alone or in a local multiplayer mode for up to 4 players.
Super Mario Maker (WiiU)
Arcade 11 September 2015
A new version of the extensive editor that lets players create and share levels for the Super Mario Bros. series, developed for the Wii U console. We create two-dimensional platform stages using well-known elements from 8-bit Super Mario Bros. or its HD successor, Super Mario Bros U. We choose both environmental parts (pipes, brick etc.) and enemies. All of it is very simple and requires only the touchpad to operate. Our creations can be instantly tested, at any moment we can refine them and eventually share with players from the entire world, or try to complete levels prepared by others. Additionally, Super Mario Makers supports amiibo figures, which unlock new skins for our hero.
Arcade 28 June 2016
A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.
Child of Light (WiiU)
RPG 29 April 2014
Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.
Trine 2: Director's Cut (WiiU)
Arcade 22 November 2012
A sequel to a platform/puzzle action game developed by Frozenbyte. The story of the original game was set in a colorful, magical fantasy world. Trine 2 once again presents the adventures of the three characters bound together by the power of an artifact known as Trine. Amadeus, Zoya and, Pontius are brought to a fairytale land inhabited by goblins. Their task is to discover the truth behind the actions of the malicious creatures and to prevent them from achieving their goals. Similar to the original game, Trine 2 is a two-dimensional platformer. The gameplay features arcade elements (jumping, fighting, etc.) and puzzle solving. The main characters have gained new abilities and can also search for hidden treasures and bottles containing experience points. The sequel features also a new game mode, implementing cooperative online multiplayer.
Never Alone (WiiU)
Arcade 25 June 2015
A platformer with puzzle game features, developed by Upper One Game studio. The story of Never Alone is based on Inuit beliefs, with players taking control of a young girl from the Inupiaq tribe who sets on a dangerous journey with her white fox to save her people and stop the arrival of the eternal blizzard. During her adventure, she will meet many creatures from Inuit legends, such as Sky People, Rolling Heads or Blizzard Man. Never Alone presents its world from the side perspective, as we traverse vast levels, avoid traps, fight enemies and solve puzzles. The single player campaign lets us switch between the girl and the fox, both of which have unique abilities that are necessary to progress; however, control is split between two players in the cooperation mode. Never Alone features good-looking three-dimensional visuals accompanied by a soundtrack based on traditional Inuit music. Interestingly, the narrator speaks in Inuit language and the dialogue is translated into English through subtitles.
Trine: Enchanted Edition (WiiU)
Arcade 12 March 2015
An adventure-platformer featuring puzzle elements. It was developed by the Finnish Frozenbyte studio, known for Shadowgrounds - a series of isometric shooters. The story is set in a colorful fantasy world, where the player gets to lead a team of three characters: a wizard, a knight and a thief. Using a mysterious device called Trine, they must save the kingdom from the undead. The gameplay mechanics were inspired by classic platformers. The player explores subsequent game levels while avoiding traps, solving puzzles and fighting enemies. Each of the three characters has some unique abilities, and the player can switch between them at any time. The wizard can summon various objects, the thief has significant ranged capabilities and the knight simply packs a punch. The game stands out with very magical atmosphere of the visuals and an ample color palette.
SteamWorld Dig (WiiU)
Arcade 28 August 2014
An action-platform game developed by independent Swedish studio Image & Form. The game takes place in an unusual universe that combines the traits of steampunk and Wild West. Once human civilization had fallen and Homo sapiens species degenerated and transformed into troglodytes living underground, weird creatures that are mostly robots became the new dominant species. One of them is the main protagonist of the game, Rusty. While looking for remains of human civilization, he starts a journey deep into the ground where he looks for interesting treasures. During the game the player is traveling through caves, avoiding traps, fighting enemies, collecting minerals and making sure that he always has access to light. The protagonist can use various useful tools that enable him to decide in which direction to dig vast tunnels. After filling the backpack it is possible to return to the surface and trade found minerals for various goods and upgrades for the protagonist.
Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (WiiU)
Arcade 22 January 2015
A 2D platform game featuring Kirby, one of the most famous Nintendo game characters. The production, which is a spiritual successor to Kirby: Power Paintbrush for DS, was developed for Wii U. The game utilizes the GamePad and its touchscreen. You use it to draw rainbow platforms in the clay world, which are then used by Kirby to move around and also avoid obstacles and enemies. There are standard levels and special maps, on which Kirby transforms into various machines and vehicles, such as .e.g. a submarine or a tank. This makes the gameplay more platformer-like, which is evident from boss battles, usually taking place at the end of a given level. The game features nice, very colorful visuals.
Guns, Gore & Cannoli (WiiU)
A two-dimensional shooter which takes place in the gangster underworld during the 20s. The game was developed by a small Belgium studio Crazy Monkey. In the title the player assumes the role of a gangster whose family terrorizes the streets. However, trouble begins when a rival mafia appears in the city. What’s worse, hordes of zombies are conquering the streets. The protagonist of the game hits the streets equipped with various weapons – from Molotov Cocktails, through machetes, pistols and rifles, to flamethrowers – in order to face the increasing threat. The gameplay of the game focuses on eliminating waves of enemies in various locations placed in open and closed areas. Bonuses hidden on the map provide additional motivation – they allow us to upgrade our weapons and unlock new game modes. The graphics of the game consists of comic book-like, hand drawn graphics and cartoonish cutscenes.
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure (WiiU)
Arcade 03 November 2015
A classic 2.5D platformer, accompanying The Peanuts Movie, based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip - Peanuts - that was published from 1950 to 2000. Story-wise, the game is not connected to the comic or the 2015 movie, but it is similar to them in how it presents characters and environments. The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure lets you play as one of the key characters of the comic – Snoopy the dog. He is trying to find his master and friends, who are playing hide and seek. To this end, he needs to wander through fantastic lands existing in his imagination. On the way, the protagonist finds special outfits that give him numerous abilities useful for overcoming new obstacles. Moreover, the creators included co-op gameplay, in which the second player takes on the role of a small yellow bird called Woodstock.
Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows (WiiU)
Arcade 17 September 2015
A free expansion to Shovel Knight, a well-received platform title developed by Yacht Club Games. This time, the players received a completely new hero – Plague Knight, who is known for being one of the antagonists in the base game. After his defeat at the hands of Shovel Knight, the fledging protagonist decides to leave his former allies and embark on a journey in search of ingredients necessary for creation of a mysterious, powerful potion. The gameplay of Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows is almost completely the same as its predecessor. We are given a mix of an action game, RPG, and a platform game – the game focuses on exploration of two-dimensional levels, and facing the encountered enemies. The new hero forces the players to develop completely new tactics – even if most of the journey takes place in reused locations, the new hero is not equipped with the trademark shovel – he makes use of bombs and short-distance flying. The list of novelties is complemented by new enemies and bosses.