An interesting new kickstarter cropped up recently, seemingly out of nowhere, called WaveLand. It’s a platformer that makes use of a mechanic used in Super Smash Bros. Melee, called Wave Dash. Because of this, it immediately caught the attention of Melee players as the mechanic is used in top tier play, and a platformer centered around it sounds like a dream.
The kickstarter hasn’t been completely funded yet, but there is a playable demo out right now for the public to try. It starts off simple, with a standard tutorial to get you used to the controls and core mechanics you’ll be using in the game. After that, you’re thrown into a hub of sorts that is one part playground for your mechanics and another part level selection, which is a fantastic way to go from level to level.
The mechanics of the game have an “easy to learn, hard to master” feel, and they need to mastered fast, as each level is short and requires quick navigation using an array of moves. Each level in the demo has to be completed in around 35 to 45 seconds to receive a passing grade and a level completion. There is a lot of trial and error, but once the assorted movement mechanics of the game are understood, it gets much easier. It’s also much easier if the game is played using a controller, such as the one for the Gamecube.
The game might look like your standard pixel platformer, but it’s a perfect fit for the game as there isn’t a lot to it outside the controlling mechanics. It’s attractive, and makes playing WaveLand that much better.
All in all, the game is good. It makes effective use of a loved mechanic from a classic game, while presenting a fun, fast-paced challenge to those who take it on. As of right now, the game lives as a demo waiting to be funded. Hopefully this won’t be a game that dies an early death because of money issues, and everyone gets to enjoy the full game. The fundraising period is almost over, so be sure to try this unique platformer out for yourself and support it so it can become a complete experience
You can download the demo here to get a taste of what the game has to offer.
Update: The Kickstarter has been funded! Be prepared for a full released of WaveLand in the near future.