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WayForward Developing Exclusive Horror Puzzle Title for WiiWare

Posted by Damien McFerran

WayForward Technologies, the company behind the bloody brilliant DS game Contra 4, has confirmed it is developing an exclusive title for Nintendo’s upcoming WiiWare service.

LIT is a 3D horror puzzle game that sees you facing off against a high school packed with monsters. The game’s central character, Jake, is tasked with locating his girlfriend in the demonic educational facility and must successfully progress through a series of classrooms by solving puzzles. As the title would suggest, light plays a big part in puzzle solving.

Although it’s a bit of an obscure link, this concept reminds us of the Atari Lynx classic Chip’s Challenge – which is certainly no bad thing. We could be proven wrong and the end product might be nothing like Chip's Challenge, but just let us have our moment of joy, won't you?

The 'emo' art style is original and unique - check out some of the production artwork here.

Here’s the press release:

Valencia, Calif. – (March 5, 2008) — Independent game developer WayForward Technologies announced today that its forthcoming game LIT will make its debut exclusively on Nintendo’s upcoming download service, WiiWare. LIT utilizes the unique features of the Wii to bring a tense and unnerving adventure to the Nintendo Wii audience.

“This is the first time in recent memory that our team has felt the freedom to begin experimenting on consoles outside the confines of established IP, budget, or publisher dictates,” said John Beck, CEO of WayForward Technologies. “The scope and business model for WiiWare really make this possible.”

LIT is a 3D horror puzzler set in a dark high school overrun by creatures. The game follows Jake, a below-average student and the game’s protagonist, as he makes his way through each classroom, utilizing what light he can find to create safe paths across the darkness.

Jake’s objectives are to escape his school and reconnect with his girlfriend, Rachael, who uses the school’s phones to keep in contact with him. LIT combines environmental puzzling with horror combat and boss battles to create a uniquely unsettling Nintendo Wii experience.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be working on an original game for the WiiWare platform,” said Adam Tierny, director of LIT. “After settling on the concept of light vs. shadows, a horror theme seemed to make sense. The team working on LIT had also recently finished a creepy demo for the Nintendo DS that I think whetted everyone’s horror appetite. We decided to make it an action-puzzler because of how infrequently horror and puzzling gets combined in games, and to squeeze out the greatest amount of gameplay possible from a limited file size.”

LIT is WayForward’s first internally-developed property since the hair-whipping, belly-dancing Shantae was released by Capcom on the Game Boy Color in 2002. LIT currently does not have a release date or price point.

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User Comments (21)

Kelvin

#3

Kelvin said:

This is more like it. I'd rather have this than that cretinous food game. :)

Oh, and I remember Chip's Challenge too!

JNoodles

#5

JNoodles said:

I'm a fan of horror platformers, like Castlevania, so I'm looking forward to LIT. The artwork in LIT reminds me of Ayami Kojima's work, too...

Kenryoku_Maxis

#6

Kenryoku_Maxis said:

A Survival horror Puzzle game? What's next? A Zapper or Balance board game for WiiWare. I'd like to see that...

....PLEASE SAY IT'LL HAPPEN!

coire

#7

coire said:

If its half as good as Prof Layton's puzzles I'm sold.

But I hope the puzzles actually have something to do with the story, rather than a "Rotate these blocks and colour coordinate them to escape the monster" type of thing.

Ian_Daemon

#8

Ian_Daemon said:

Chip's Challenge was awesome!

I thought Zack & Wiki would have to carry the torch for puzzly-adventure games on the Wii, but it's nice to see puzzly-adventures games getting some love from developers.

Tellyn

#9

Tellyn said:

Kenryoku:

Pop supports the Zapper. It's not like it adds any more buttons, it's just a shell.

Kenryoku_Maxis

#10

Kenryoku_Maxis said:

@Tellyn

Yeah, I meant a full blown Light Gun game with the Wii Zapper/Perfect Shot in mind. Like how the upcoming Wii (we) Ski by Namco Bandai is using the Balance Board for Skiing (game looks mad fun btw).

Tim

#12

Tim said:

When I think 'puzzle' I think fun and happy, challenging games. Why would I want to play a depressing 'emo' puzzle? This sounds like a bad idea to me. Puzzle games don't get a lot of attention from me as it is and making it 'emo' isn't going to encourage me to play it. This better have some amazing story like Grim Fandango. Who am I kidding? There will never be another Grim Fandango.

whalleywhat

#14

whalleywhat said:

I think this is the game the Wii IGN guys have been talking about. I know one of them (Bozon) worked on Contra 4, so it seems likely. Extremely psyched about this. Screw fun and happy. ;)

XCWarrior

#15

XCWarrior said:

I think they need more puzzle games for the VC/WiiWare, so this is perfect. Plus you add a gothic... or emo feel for this stupid new generation and this horrible wording. Sounds like a promising game. I'll pick it up as long as it gets good reviews.

Part of me can't wait for May, but it'll go fast with Brawl coming tomorrow.

That_Guy_from_Faxana

#16

That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

The idea of a puzzle-horror game instead of action-horror is appealing to me. You feel more vunerable if you don´t carry weapons to blow away the abonimations...

Normally I wouldn´t care too much about a Wii-ware game, but since Contra 4 is dead good I´ll keep an eye on this one!

Chester

#19

Chester said:

Hmm, sounds interesting for a WiiWare game. But that guy looks like a younger version of Alucard from Castlevania...

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