Remember Atooi's Hatch Tales? An updated Switch version of the 3DS title Chicken Wiggle, this 2D platformer stars a bird-and-worm team who work together to overcome various challenges. After dropping off the radar for a while, Hatch Tales is back in the public eye, and Atooi's Jools Watsham has spoken to us exclusively to detail what makes this upgraded version – which is due next year – so special.
"Hatch Tales has been an 'eggcellent' opportunity for us to develop a new platform game for a new era of Atooi game development on Nintendo Switch," he says. "What started as a poultry port of Chicken Wiggle has blossomed into achieving a new flight of fancy that we believe fans of the original, as well as newcomers to the game, will enjoy immensely."
Hatch Tales sees Atooi join forces with publisher Limited Run Games, and the new trailer shows off special features such as the new overworld map for selecting levels and a new pair of playable characters, called Holly and Squiggle, who have their very own brand new adventure campaign called Holly’s Nightmare, which is unlocked by completing the first part of the campaign, known as Hatch’s Awakening. The game will benefit from a massive helping of user-generated content, and video game music legend Grant Kirkhope is contributing to the soundtrack, which means it should sound as good as it looks.
But that's not all! "We are adding our beloved Max from Mutant Mudds to Hatch Tales as a new playable character, equipped with his trusty water cannon and jetpack," reveals Watsham. "We will have more details to share about how Max fits into everything as well as a whole host of other new goodies to talk about in the future."
Watsham is aware that Hatch Tales has been a long time coming, and has offered the following message to his fans: "We must take a moment to apologize to everyone for the delay in releasing Hatch Tales much later than our original estimate. It is our hope you will feel the wait was worth it when the final game is in your hands in 2021. It is this vision that inspires us to make Hatch Tales all that it can be. Thank you for your patience and understanding."
Are you egg-excited abut Hatch Tales? Let us know with a comment.
this will be quite the game when it does finally release. It's been so long, I don't remember how much I even paid on kickstarter anymore
Looks like a cheap but fun game. I bet a lot of causals and indie-lovers would like this
@Whalehome I backed it too. I look forward to replaying this.
Soundtrack by Grant Kirkhope.... Consider me interested..
@BANJO When I watched the video the music reminded me of Banjo Kazooie (which I've just played recently), soundtrack by Grant Kirkhope all makes sense now - especially once the video hits the 40 second mark.
I'm interested in this one but hope there's a decent amount of normal, non user edited levels to play through first.
@wazlon I mostly just played the in-game levels on the 3DS version and it was great. Challenging levels (but not too challenging) and with some optional collectibles. Not sure how it will be priced on the Switch compared to the 3DS.
I hope it has boss fights.
can def hear those sweet banjo-esque tunes x). i hope this still has the pixel retro graphics switching feature. not crazy about the cheap flash iphone look its got going.
@wazlon Yes, it certainly has the Banjo and Kazzoie soundtrack vibes...
His distinct music suits the game well, a good chance I will get this, sounds like you might too...
Atooi + Grant Kirkhope (surely) = a winner.
Kirkhope isn't doing the whole soundtrack, and I'm not sure if he's doing anything from scratch. The song in the trailer is remixed by him, and the 3DS version was more inspired by Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse.
I don't know if I'd call a new story chapter and two new characters a "ton" of new features as Atooi is touting, but even if it were a straight port of the 3DS version it would still be a good time and well worth playing.
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