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Balan Wonderworld – Zero Punctuation

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This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Balan Wonderworld.

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Look at you all asking me to play Balan Wonderworld and getting your phone cameras ready like you’ve just put a smash cake in front of a tiny baby. That title’s a gift, isn’t it. Banal Wonderworld. Whirly Blunderbland. Anal Wanky Piss. But you know, bloody-minded contrarian that I am I feel inclined to be charitable towards something everyone already says is a great big bag of salt n vinegar shit crisps, and I can honestly say, badly designed and incomprehensible though it is, I don’t feel much hate or anger towards Balan Thunderpants. Just a mixture of confusion and embarrassment, like what I felt when my dad announced he’d gotten a job as a Playboy bunny. I suspect the negativity towards the game has a lot to do with it being directed by Yuji Naka, creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, and everyone was expecting more. To which I might ask, have you fucking played any Sonic the Hedgehog games in the last twenty years? Expecting more at this point is like going bobbing for apples in a veterinary surgeon’s sink trap. But while Balan Chunderlungs bears a lot of the Sonic the Hedgehog art style in that everyone has giant heads and stringy limbs and animate like theme park mascots going through the final stages of opioid withdrawal,

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.