Ivy the Kiwi? is a brand new IP designed by Yuji Naka, the creator of Sonic, and developed by PROPE. The game has made a leap to the DS and Wii with all new controls uniquely suited for the DS stylus and Wii remote. Marked by high production values and a charming atmosphere, Ivy the Kiwi? follows the adventures of a lonely baby bird, traversing various stages and navigating through the obstacles that stand in her way. Using skill and wit, Ivy follows the trail of feathers in hopes of finally reaching her mother.
The tale of Ivy the Kiwi? is presented like a child’s bedtime story and unfolds as Ivy is hatching from her egg. Pages turn as if reading from a book.
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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.
A special ‘Mini’ version of the game will also be available on DSiWare and WiiWare. Full game also available on Wii.
Here is Joystiq’s interview with Yuji Naka and Infendo’s video interview is here.
NintendoLife gave it 9/10: “Ivy the Kiwi is the perfect example of the type of enjoyable and refreshing gaming experience that can be created when a developer isn’t afraid to try something a little different.”
GamePro gave it 4/5: “I really enjoyed my brief time with Ivy: it’s a well-made game with broad appeal (unless you’re a person who refuses to play anything that doesn’t have bullets in it).”
Designed by Yuki Naka, the co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog
beautiful, hand drawn storybook-style presentation
Over 100 stages for DS and Wii with a mini-compilation available for WiiWare and DSiWare
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
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