A Closer Look at BALAN WONDERWORLD

The Director of BALAN WONDERLAND, Yuji Naka, has given us an in-depth look at BALAN WONDERLAND, discussing some of the characters, gameplay and features we can expect.


BALAN WONDERWORLD is a new action platformer based around the wondrous Balan Theatre. You’ll be helping two young heroes adventure in the bizarre and imaginary land of Wonderworld.

There are 12 different stages and each is filled with traps, tricks and enemies. There are also over 80 customes to find, which give your character special abilaties.


You’ll meet several characters on your journet. Let’s meet our two heroes: Leo Craig and Emma Cole. Leo is 15 years old and a bit of a lone wolf. He’s always trying ot act cool. Emma is also 15 years old and quick to smile, but that’s masking her insecurity.

Other characters include Balan and Lance. Balan is your guide to the weird Wonderland. And Lance traps visitors to Wonderworld inside their own hearts, creating monsters out of their own negativity.


When you first arrive in Wonderland you’ll be at the Isle of Tims. This place serves as hub for Leo and Emma’s adventures, from which they can explore the 12 Worlds Inside Hearts.

The Isle of Tims is inhabited by creatures called: Tim. These creatures are created from the happiness felt by people in the real world.

The more people’s heart experience positive emotions, the more Tims are born. But if people’s hearts become affected by negativity, there will be fewer Tims and it would lead to the end of Happiness Time. And that would be very bad, because the end of Happiness Time means the end joyful memories and emotions…

Tims come in different colours and have their own personalities. And they can aide you on your adventure if you take them with you into the Worlds!

While exploring the 12 Worlds Inside Hearts you’ll be able to collect drops. These drops help Tims grow, change colour and acquire new attributes. For example: red Tims attack enemies, while pink Tims find items.


The 12 Worlds Inside Hearts are born from the hearts of 12 tormented inhabitants of the Wonderworld. Each filled with traps, enemies and challenges.

One of those enemies are shadowy creatures called Negati. They are the manifestations of the worry and weakness in the hearts of the inhabitant whose heart is trapped. They’ll do whatever they can to stop you from completing your journey!

You’ll also find the inhabitants themselves, who have possessed by the Negati. Use your customes and abilities to free their hearts!

And when you succeed in freeing their heart there’ll be a celebration, with a musical number!


BALAN WONDERWORLD supports local 2-player co-op. One player will take on the role of Leo, while the other plays as Emma. Working together allows you to pull off interesting maneuvres, by combining skills and opens new paths!


That was it for this in-depth look at BALAN WONDERLAND. The game is set for release on March 26, 2021 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Steam.

Source: Square Enix

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