Ivy the Kiwi is a Cooperative game available on the Wii.
Ivy the Kiwi is a Cooperative game. Fighting games revolve around the interaction of two or more characters in some form of physical combat. Players learn to control characters through either memorisation of button combinations to access more advance moves, or by their reactions and accurate timing.
Ivy the Kiwi continues Prope's relationship with childhood trauma. This time it's in fairy tale form with their inventive new platform game.
Ivy the Kiwi not only looks like a hand drawn fairy tale but addresses similar themes - loss, loneliness and abandonment. Dropped in a forest estranged from her parents and alone Ivy sets off on her platforming journey. It reminded us of Prope's previous game Let's Catch that had a similar sideways glance at unsettling childhood themes through the dialogue of each catching partner.
Ivy the Kiwi plays as unusually as it looks. Simple vine stretching controls on both DS and Wii turn a basic platform game into a real puzzle as Prope prove once again that they are kings of the avant-garde.
Ivy the Kiwi is all the more interesting because it comes from Sonic programmer Yuji Naka. After leaving Sega in 2006, he founded Prope and quickly gained a reputation for quirky games. We were quite taken with both Let's Tap and Let's Catch.
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