The Wii… pretty dull at times isn’t it? Nintendo’s family pleasing monolith of white hasn’t exactly gained itself a reputation for producing vast amounts of unusual, quirky titles. Of late, this has been slowly changing, what with the Bit.Trip series, Let’s Tap and the evergreen World Of Goo but, like snacking on a tube of Pringles, there’s always room for more, and this latest from the publishers of Disgaea could well join their lofty but lonely ranks.
If you think this is going to be a super deep JSRPG however, you’d be very much mistaken, this is casual action all the way, with a family friendly, yet still visually appealing design. Play is shaping up to be a little like a combination of Flow and Geometry Wars, with a similar theme to the former of DNA evolving, simple controls and a top down view, and the vast number of enemies and bold aesthetic choices seen in the latter.
Three modes of play will be keeping the fun from extinction, as will online leader board rankings, with rivalries sure to be built rapidly if this title manages to attain any leverage on these shores. The developers PeakVox are a relatively unknown quantity, though their small catalogue of work is very much focused on the non-gamer community, so they definitely know their audience, if nothing else.
NIS America (essentially the Western wing of Nippon Ichi) will be bringing Viral Survival over from Japan, via WiiWare, to Europe this spring.