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Gamelion Studios Announces Furry Legends for WiiWare

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Yet another developer has announced they are developing a WiiWare game! This time it's Gamelion Studios based in Poland, who have announced that they are making a game named Furry Legends.

As there are no screenshots or videos just yet, you'll have to read the press release to make up your mind:

GAMELION announces “Furry Legends”, a WiiWare Development.

Gamelion announces an ongoing development for WiiWare. Debut title “Furry Legends” is a casual action and platform game.

In “Furry Legends” players take control of characters who are best described as a furry ball. “Furry Legends” will feature a couple of unique characters, each with its unique powers, allowing the player to perform various moves depending on the character selected. Players will be able to roll, jump, bounce, attack and perform other various moves with their spherical character. Gamelion aims to please both casual and hardcore crowds, with easy to pick up and hard to master gameplay, as well as brilliant, full 3D graphics packed with detail and a healthy dose of humor. The game features controls taking advantage of the Wii Remote as well as a robust physics system, which will be used to solve different puzzles player might roll into.

Key features of “Furry Legends”:

  • Robust physics engine, allowing the player to solve sophisticated puzzles
  • Full 3D Graphics, with 2D gameplay
  • Full screen post-processing effects
  • Tons of humor
  • Varied in-game environments
  • Fun and cute characters
  • Challenging levels
  • Intriguing story

Łukasz Szczepański, Producer of “Furry Legends”: “We’re all very excited about this project. It’s our first step into WiiWare, and we’re committed to debut with a very polished, high quality title. The team shows a lot of enthusiasm for the project and I’m confident that we’ll succeed in delivering a quality title to the gamers around the world.”

In the near future Gamelion will release more information about the upcoming project. A developer’s blog will be established on a dedicated website to inform the community about the developments, as well as to share the behind the scenes information.

“Furry Legends” is estimated to be completed in the first half of 2009, but no exact information can begiven at this time.

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Wiiloveit

#1

Wiiloveit said:

It certainly sounds good, but whether or not the ideas will be put into practice well is another matter. Can't wait to see some screens and more details soon.
Oh, and first (even though I managed to post on the actual game's page before noticing this article)!

Nickname

#3

Nickname said:

Sounds really good but I need a video or at least some screen shots of the game to be more excited about it...

MarkyVigoroth

#4

MarkyVigoroth said:

At least I like cute and hairy...

By the way, ever since I read an article about the myth of casual gamers, I got tired of game developers trying to appeal to "casual gamers".

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#5

Philip_J_Reed said:

Ooh, another platformer. I'm happy to see more of those being developed for WiiWare; it's a brilliant and (usually) simple genre that is underrepresented on the service.

tkubas1

#8

tkubas1 said:

At first i thought it said ferry but its "furry" thats dumb. sounds like another 4/10

-TR

#10

-TR said:

A "Casual" Action Platformer.

Ouch., The games that say their 'Casual' are usualy terrible.

NintendoNaut

#11

NintendoNaut said:

SOUNDS awesome. I really hope -TR isn't right because he very well might be. Companies focus WAY to much on casual gaming these days.

Wiiloveit

#13

Wiiloveit said:

As long as it's still suitable for gamers to join with, then that's all that matters.
ADDED: Oh yeah, the game would benefit from being good as well :D

AlexSays

#15

AlexSays said:

Lost me at the word "casual"

Oh, I'll try to help you.
Casual = Not dumb.
This developer isn't stupid so they're not making a hardcore game.

I hope that clears up any confusion.

ness

#18

ness said:

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I wait for some screenshots^^.

ness

#20

ness said:

What the...? How can they lost you because of the title (beastman93) or the word casual (Bahamut ZERO)? None of the two things implies a bad game...

AlexSays

#21

AlexSays said:

None of the two things implies a bad game...

Ness is absolutely right.
For this game casual means good. Limiting themselves to the minority of gamers would be a TERRIBLE decision.

If this game was made exclusively for the "hardcore", it would not sell and they'd never make another WiiWare game ever again.
Instead they're offering the game to everyone, like World of Goo and almost every other game on WiiWare.

Matter of fact, 98% of games on WiiWare are casual games.
The only one that people could make a case for is Mega Man. And even that case is iffy.
So if you don't like casual games, you don't like ANYTHING on WiiWare, which means you should probably find another site to spend your time.

Bahamut_ZERO

#22

Bahamut_ZERO said:

Oh defidently. I enjoy a good casual game every now and them (Boom Blox anyone?), but most casual games are bad or shallow.

If it turns out to be good, I will not mention 7/10 to Corbie for 10 articles. Every regular here knows how hard that would be for me :D

AlexSays

#23

AlexSays said:

most casual games are bad or shallow.

Then you mean almost all games are bad or shallow.
Casual games make up 99% of all games.

So if you mean to say "most games suck" then I'll let you have that.
I'd take every casual game ever made WAY before I took every hardcore game ever made.

Terra

#24

Terra said:

Furry Legends. Reminds me of some people i know in my area :D

I have a good vibe for this game, although it isn't too strong. Shame there aren't screenshots but oh well. In due time though.

Objection

#26

Objection said:

Alexsays "Casual games make up 99% of all games." I know you were exaggerating, but c'mon. Casual games imply that almost anyone can get into them right? From soccer moms to little kids to grandpa, something to that effect? One word (acronym, really): RPGs.

Virus

#27

Virus said:

And so another battle of the Casual War begins again. Hope there aren't any... giggle... casualties...okay I'll stop. ;)

Anyway, if the description holds true, this might be a game worth looking into.

CanisWolfred

#28

CanisWolfred said:

No...just, no!

...Oh no wait, wrong kind of furry - it's just a furry ball, which is much better than I thought. Still not getting it, though.

KDR_11k

#29

KDR_11k said:

Casual doesn't mean retarded by itself but most developers think it does. They think "hey, casual gamers are just like us except they suck at games, right?" That's why a developer calling their game casual is a bad sign. I don't think Nintendo even uses the word for its games, they just say "it's for everyone." A "casual" gamer is neither like us (or they would have started gaming earlier) nor does he suck at gaming (in fact I've seen "casuals" get more focussed on their games than "hardcore" gamers, taking Tetris, Dr. Mario or whatever they're playing to insane levels). Thus the "casual" games don't appeal to the core gamers and even less to the "casual" gamers. Besides, it's not like "hardcore" games haven't been dumbing their difficulty down like mad anyway, the only real difficulty left is not getting bored.

CanisWolfred

#30

CanisWolfred said:

Besides, it's not like "hardcore" games haven't been dumbing their difficulty down like mad anyway, the only real difficulty left is not getting bored.

Wasn't that always the challenge?

Chunky_Droid

#31

Chunky_Droid said:

Hmm, Drake, if you come across this post, and you guys post an interview with these guys, I need a question raised. This sounds awfully like a game I played on PC about 15 years ago called Fury of the Furries, a game on MS-DOS, Amiga etc by Kalisto Entertainment. Is this inspiration for this game at all?

If noone remembers Fury of the Furries, you may recall Namco got the rights and made Pac-In-Time for GameBoy Color and SNES. They were both platformer/puzzlers which I guess you could brand as "casual".

If it's anything like these and the controls are as tight I'll get this straight away.

Wiiloveit

#32

Wiiloveit said:

I don't want to get in on another casual argument, but remember: whilst they may not be challenging, quite a lot of casual games are still pretty fun. TV Show King Party is a recent favourite of mine, but if you just give the non-shovelware casual games a chance, there's some real gems in there.

Trucker

#33

Trucker said:

The Trucker says causal games can GTF. Hardcore all the way for the Trucker yeeaaahhhhh!

KDR_11k

#34

KDR_11k said:

What I'm saying is that proper casual games can be hard too, casuals can handle difficulty, probably better than veteran gamers.

AlexSays

#35

AlexSays said:

I know you were exaggerating, but c'mon.

Okay pick a percentage which is high enough to support my point.
A majority of everyone's gaming collection consists of casual games.
Dismissing this game after seeing the word "casual" is almost as dumb as.... I got nothin'.

It's like someone thinking they hate cars but they happily drive one every day. And then when they go pick out a new one, and it says "New Car!", they're like "Oh God, a car?! Who the hell wants one of those?"

Sebastian_Gamelion

#36

Sebastian_Gamelion said:

Funny :) looking at this Fury of the Furries on YouTube this indeed looks a bit similar what we are doing in "Furry Legends", but this wasn't our reference title. At this stage I would describe Furry Legends as a mix of Fury of the Furries and Lost Winds.

And yes, we do casual games and not hardcore games. What we call at Gamelion casual games, are games which everyone can play. It can be your mother, dad, brother, sister, wife, girlfriend. It's doesn't mean that casual games are stupid, they are usually easy to learn, but still can be hard to master. We just don't do hardcore games like Far Cry, Quake or Call of Duty.

Terra

#37

Terra said:

"At this stage I would describe Furry Legends as a mix of Fury of the Furries and Lost Winds"
I definitely like the sound of that. This will be a game i will keep watch over but i have been disappointed in the past. Hopefully, it won't happen this time.

@Wiiloveit
Nice new avatar.

Chunky_Droid

#39

Chunky_Droid said:

@Sebastian Gamelion: Welcome to WWW! I loved Fury of the Furries, the description and the title of your game is what made my mind click :), give it a try sometime! And thank you for your comments on casual games, Mario Kart 64 is a classic example of a game for casuals but is dead hard to master, especially Toad's Turnpike in Mirror mode >:( Anyway, hope to see some gameplay on this Furry Legends soon!

Objection

#40

Objection said:

AlexSays-Your car rant almost made me overlook how you ignored the important acronym in my reply. Here's another-FPSs. (Usually.)

Ricardo91

#41

Ricardo91 said:

@O_B. There's also Shoot-em-ups, fighting games, action games like Devil May Cry and God of War, and brutally difficult games like Mega Man and old-school Castlevania.

"Casual games make up 99% of all games."

Ummm... What!? :o
I'm sorry, but this doesn't make any sense at all.
After thinking about it for a bit, I can understand how many games could be considered casual, like puzzle games and most platformers, but 99%? You have to be either exaggerating, or just not very game-savvy, because I don't understand how FPSs, RPGs, and the genres I mentioned above could POSSIBLY be considered casual.
What's you definition of casual?

"It's like someone thinking they hate cars yet happily drive one every day."

This analogy makes about as much sense as that other thing you said, which is none at all.

About this game, it does sound promising, just so long as "casual" doesn't translate to "shovelware". More Wiiware platformers are almost always a good thing in my book. :)

jangonov

#42

jangonov said:

@ricardo91
I think what he means is that there are too many casual games these days and it seems there is a flood of them. Heck, I havnt even bought a ds game in ages because all that comes out is stuff like "Imagine babysitter"...ugh

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