Sonic creator Yuji Naka's DS and Wii puzzle/platformer Ivy the Kiwi? has just arrived on iOS in both free and paid versions. The latter is currently on sale for £1.99 / $2.99, while it usually costs $4.99.
If the rumours are true, at the heart of Sonic the Hedgehog's creation was a desire to simplify things: Nintendo had laid out the template for platformers, and now SEGA was going to refine it. So where Mario used two buttons, Sonic would use only one. While the plumber liked to dawdle, the hedgehog, for the most part, preferred a breathless dash to the finish line.
If you're looking for any signs of the influence of Sonic's daddy Yuji Naka in his latest game, then, this sense of focus is perhaps the most likely candidate. Slow-paced and gently melancholic where Sonic was frantic and aggressively cheery, Ivy the Kiwi? is still an exercise in thoughtful economy: a platformer – of sorts – with almost no fat on the bone.
Ivy's a chubby little bird with rust-coloured feathers and an expression of fretful hope that wouldn't look out of place in a Schulz cartoon. Having spent the best part of a week with her, I can also confirm that she's utterly incapable of looking after herself, too.
Plays rock paper scissors with crowd.
Sonic & Mario at the Olympic Games was released a year after Sonic creator Yuji Naka left SEGA, but he claims the idea was all his.
Sonic creator Yuji Naka's Wii and DS puzzle platformer Ivy the Kiwi? will release on 29th October in Europe, publisher Rising Star Games has announced.
A slice of gameplay.
Yuji Naka is famous for being the lead programmer on the original Sonic the Hedgehog, which in videogame terms is a bit like a musician being famous for inventing percussion. How many platform game developers would be poor and destitute if they hadn't had this man's work to riff on for two decades?
Sonic creator Yuji Naka will deliver a developer session at Eurogamer Expo on Saturday 2nd October.
2D platformer from Sonic creator Yuji Naka.
Sonic creator Yuji Naka has had enough of the speedy blue hedgehog.