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Indie developer Greg Lobanov has taken to Kickstarter to finish funding for his project called Wandersong. It's a delightfully cheery adventure game made in a similar vein to the Legend of Zelda titles, but instead of saving the world with sword and shield, you'll do so with song and lyric.
Siliconera briefly summed up the game by explaining how players will attempt to solve puzzles by bringing up a radial menu that allows the protagonist, The Bard, to sing away the problems. You can see how it all comes together through the pitch video below.
The game could best be described as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time meets Dust: An Elysian Tail with a hint of Earthbound.
There's definitely a quirky feel to the presentation and the art-style, which seems reminiscent to the Katamari Damacy titles.
Singing in the game won't be about memorizing specific melodies, however. According to the Kickstarter page, gamers will have to utilize various types of musical sounds to push objects, defeat enemies, solve puzzles and unlock new pathways. There's an example showcased on the crowd-funding page for Wandersong that sees the Bard singing a song to a nearby bird who becomes enchanted by the music and then helps the bard by flying him up a platform.
It's a very inventive looking gameplay mechanic and I'm a little shocked that we haven't seen it done before in the way it's depicted in the game, save for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
The story itself revolves around the Bard having to save the Earth from being reincarnated by the goddess Eya. The Bard sets out to collect spirit songs from spirit guides in order to put together an “Earth song” and presumably sing it to Eya. To complete the aforementioned task players will have to run, jump and sing their way through a very colorful and vibrant game world.
According to the Kickstarter page Wandersong will have about eight levels in total, and they've managed to create the entire first level already. The Kickstarter is being hosted to help fund the game's music and sound design. There are already some potential candidates lined up, including the composer from Dust: An Elysian Tail.
The upcoming title from Greg Lobanov has a crowd-funding goal of $18,000. The Vancouver native still has just under a month to go to finish funding and he's already managed to accrue more than $5,000 over the course of a few days. He has various other games completed under his belt over the course of a decade, including Coin Crypt and Super Goo Goo amongst many others, so he's a serious designer with plenty of experience in the design field.
If you want to help see Wandersong turned into a real game, you can contribute to the cause by visiting the Kickstarter page.