It's not often that platform games manifest themselves in a unique hue that illuminates them from their surroundings, and this upcoming Wii title from Hudson Soft could well be the latest example of a game that does. In more ways than one, mind.
Since it was announced last August, we still don't know too much about it. Other than the fact that the player takes on the role of a young boy; or rather, his shadow. For reasons that will be explained as the game progresses, your purpose is to utilise the light and dark areas of the game in order to reach the top of a massive tower.
What sets this game apart from most others, is when the sun shifts along the skyline, it will naturally change the angles at which shadows are cast on the levels. The player can only travel on the thin line between light and shadow, and they must always have a shadow foothold. Otherwise, the shadow will disappear if it is engulfed by the strong light or darkness.
A Shadow's Tale will be a mixture of a platformer with combat, puzzle-solving and exploration, and judging from the initial screenshots, it should be a pleasure to do all of that. Players won't be alone though as they will be accompanied by a winged sylth known as a 'Spangle'. This 'Spangle' can manipulate physical items that the shadow boy cannot, such as metal work. The dynamics between these two protagonists should be interesting to see as the sylth essentially alters the terrain in which the shadow boys can traverse in, often creating walkways to gain access to previously unavailable locations.
The game is currently scheduled for release this August for the Nintendo Wii and in the mean time, be sure to check out its screenshots and the official trailer.