The critically acclaimed indie title Year Walk by Swedish developers Simogo is Wii U bound. The puzzle title originally appeared on mobile and PC but is now heading to the Wii U eShop. The developers says there’s plenty of Wii U GamePad integration and that you can now use the controller touchscreen to see hints, tips, read the game’s encyclopaedia, view the map, and also take notes. Simogo says that this is the best version of Year Walk that you will play, which is a good enough recommendation for me.
“Yes, we know, motion controls can be a bit scary, and frankly not very good if not done right, so we’re going to explain a bit how it works.”
“You use the left stick to walk (and it feels pretty good to do so with analogue controls!). But, to look around and find things to interact with, you’ll point and move the GamePad with very relaxed and subtle motions.”
“It’s very reminiscent of using the Wii Remote to point at the TV, or mouse controls, but perhaps even more relaxed, as you don’t have to point it towards the TV. You can rest the GamePad neatly in your lap. We’re very proud of this and we think we’ve made some really cool innovations with the motion-based cursor controls.”
“Unlike the PC-version, which used cursor controls to interact with puzzles and contraptions, we now use custom motion controls for almost every puzzle. For example, if you find something in the forest that you can spin or rotate, you’ll physically rotate the GamePad, with really finely tuned controls. The GamePad rumbles and makes lovely sounds (make sure you have the volume all cranked up on it!), and it just feels amazingly tactile – like you’re actually holding the objects in your hands.”
“To be honest, we think that this is the definite and best version of the game.”