Ivy the Kiwi? follows the storybook adventures of a lonely baby bird as she traverses beautiful 2-D landscapes and challenging obstacles in search of her mother. Players guide Ivy through her daunting journey utilising a unique control scheme: vines created and controlled by the player who aims to collect feathers to boost his score.
"Pillowed on a pile of leaves in the middle of a dark forest, a baby bird is breaking out of a curious egg. Her bright orange head and beak poke out the top of the polka-dot shell and she cries for her mother. The forest animals watch her curiously, but apart from them there is no one to claim her. Still trapped in the shell except for her head and feet, Ivy begins walking through the forest calling for her mother. She meets many other kinds of birds, but none are like her and she wanders searchingly for traces of her kind until she finds a glowing orange feather. With a clue now in beak, Ivy sets out to follow the trail that will lead her to her mother."
- Designed by Yuki Naka, the co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog
- Beautiful, hand drawn storybook-style presentation
- There are over 100 stages for DS and Wii, and multiplayer modes are available. Uniquely, special 'Mini' versions of the game will also be available on DSiWare and WiiWare, comprised of 50 levels each.
- Unique control systems especially suited for the DS stylus and Wii remote
- Challenge up to three players in exciting multiplayer modes for DS and Wii versions
When you think of SEGA you think of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic creator Yuji Naka has since moved on and have now returned with Ivy the Kiwi?.
Ivy as the title suggests is a Kiwi - the object of the game is to guide Ivy through the game by using the stylus to draw vines onscreen that can act as platforms, ramps etc. It may sound a simple concept, which it is, but as you get through the levels (over 100 levels in fact), the game progressively gets tougher along the way.
The controls of the game are straightforward and responsive, as you draw vines along the way, you learn how to use them such as slingshots which shoots our Ivy through enemies and walls.
Graphically, the game is set in a nice story book theme with a sepia color effect. The animations of Ivy and her surrounding enemies are fluid and animated well. Sonically, the game has a catchy jingle throughout the game, sound effects are nicely sampled too.
As mentioned earlier, there are over 100 levels to get through within the game so it will take a fair bit of time to complete, coupled with the fact that there are ten feathers in each level for collecting, there is plenty of longevity in coming back to the levels and replaying them for the feathers.
A competitive mode is also available which comprises of racing against the other player (up to a total of 4 players via one cart) - whoever gets to the end first, wins.
Ivy the Kiwi? is an addictively simple yet challenging game at the same time - with over 100 levels and competitive mode it's worth checking out. If you want to try a demo and have a Wii, it's available on the Wii channel.
+ Over 100 levels
+ Nice cute graphics
+ Simple yet addictive
+ Four player competitive mode
- Can get repetitive