Earlier this week it was confirmed that well-known indie developer Renegade Kid had closed, with co-founders Jools Watsham and Gregg Hargrove moving on to their own separate studios - Atooi and Infitizmo.
Watsham previously released Totes the Goat on iOS under the Atooi name, and now has announced his first game through the studio since confirmation of Renegade Kid's closure. It's not an established RK IP - though Treasurenauts is expected in 2017 - but is an all-new title.
Chicken Wiggle features the unlikely partnership of a chicken and a worm; the latter can be used as a grapple, as one example of their move-set. Though it'll have a story mode, as expected, perhaps the most intriguing feature is that it'll include its own level creation tool, in addition to the ability to share those stages easily with others. This one is coming to the 3DS eShop (and also iOS) so could potentially fill a gap on the portable.
The press release is below.
Atooi announced today that the creative minds behind Mutant Mudds and Xeodrifter are developing a new platformer experience called Chicken Wiggle – coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop and the App Store soon.
The stars of Chicken Wiggle are an improbable duo: a young chicken and his best buddy – a wiggly worm – nestled in his backpack! Together, they team up for adventure to jump, peck, and worm-grapple across a myriad of perplexing platforming levels – full of fun gadgets, tricky hazards, and sneaky foes – determined to rescue their friends from the wicked witch in her sky towers.
Create & Share Your Own Levels!
But wait, there's more! Aspiring game designers and playful doodlers alike can spend hours of fun hatching their own levels with the user-friendly level creator included with the game. You can even choose different gameplay rules, art themes, and provide custom hints, tips, and search tags. Once you're ready, it's easy to share your creations on-line with other Chicken Wiggle players via the community portal. Now, anyone can be a game designer on the go!
Players seeking more levels to play after completing Chicken Wiggle's main story mode will find a wealth of unique levels to download, play, and rate for free! Level categories include Atooi official, popular, latest, or simply enter your own search tags or a specific level ID to locate a friend's level.
It sounds and looks promising - the game's official website also has a short teaser video to show it in action.
Do you like the look of this, as well as the idea of a 2D platformer on 3DS with a full level creation / sharing suite? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back later for our interview with Jools Watsham in which we learn more about Atooi, Chicken Wiggle and its features.