I don’t think I need to mention that I’m a huge fan of platformers, but… I’m a huge fan of platformers! It’s my favorite genre on any game system. Those who follow my posts on TouchArcade know I’m always on the lookout for new platformers, and our friends at FredBear Games have a really impressive one in the works called Spirit Roots. The story is quite interesting. Long ago, the planets of a small star system waged war against one another for a hundred years, to the point that only a fraction of each planet remained. Everyone decided that they’d better stop all that fighting before they wiped each other out completely, so in a very clever move they decided to stitch the fractions of each planet back together into one complete planet and made a pact that no one from any fragment could ever cross the border into the other fragments. Surprisingly this wacky idea worked and the survivors of the wartimes lived in harmony until one day the planet fragments started to separate. The only way to figure out what was going on and save this piecemeal planet was for one inhabitant to break that cardinal rule and venture out into the other fragments.
What a weird and interesting story, and Spirt Roots has a wonderful art style to complement it. Below are the cinematic trailer detailing the story in a much better way than I ever could as well as two gameplay videos showing the excellent platforming that will be in store.
So, what do you think? You liking the look of Spirit Roots? I know I am. As for the nitty gritty details, the game will offer up 50 levels across 5 unique worlds that’ll feature “completely different atmospheres, gameplay mechanics, and enemies." There’s also an emphasis on epic boss fights, which FredBear describes as “Corn cannons wielded by farmer robots? Huge spiders? Flying skulls? Mud monsters? We’ve packed it all into our game!" Spirit Roots will also support MFi controllers and, although a price hasn’t been determined, we do know it will be a paid premium app. FredBear is currently running a small beta test which quickly filled up, but you can swing by the forum thread for more information about the game and to check in just in case they open the beta up to more testers. Spirit Roots is scheduled to hit this year, most likely at some point in October.