IGN Preview of Gormiti: The Lords of Nature!
I'll freely admit that I've never heard of Gormiti. I did not know that it's been on Cartoon Network and that it's been on the air for a second season. I didn't even know that it's apparently a popular enough franchise to have a toy line filling the Toys r Us shelves.
So when I saw that Konami had a game called Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! on display at its gamers event for both the Wii and the Nintendo DS, forgive me if I briefly thought it was an original IP. But I was quickly corrected by the Konami representatives. I'm usually up on my cartoons, but at my 37 years of age I'm starting to slip, I guess.
Gormiti features elemental creatures who fight the good fight. There's the Lord of Air, Sea, Land, and Forest, and in the Nintendo games players will have these characters work together to complete the challenges.
Anyhow, on both platforms, Gormiti has been developed by Climax, the same studio working on the latest Rocket Knight game for the 360 and PlayStation 3. On Wii, Gormiti is a 3D action game featuring three characters from the franchise. In this game, all the characters work together in a brawler style experience: the player can control one creature at a time but swap between the three at any time. The characters that the player isn't controlling will be controlled automatically…or a second player can jump in to handle the cooperative duties.
The Nintendo DS version felt a lot more familiar. There's a reason: the game is essentially using the game design and engine that Climax built for Overlord Minions. Like that game, Gormiti on the Nintendo DS is a Lost Vikings style puzzle game where each character has their own abilities, and the player has those three characters work together to get through the variety of level challenges. One character, for example, can create bridges of vines to cut across chasms. The game is controlled entirely by the touch screen, and like Overlord Minions it had some serious touch screen problems that made the experience feel clunky.
Both the Nintendo DS and Wii versions of Gormiti will be available this Fall.
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