‘Super Mario Run’ Co-Developer Announces VR Puzzle-Adventure ‘VoxEl’

DeNA, the Japan-based mobile game developer known for their work on several Nintendo properties including Super Mario Run (2016) and Fire Emblem Heroes (2017), announced a new VR adventure game targeting PSVR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Dubbed VoxEl, the game is said to include puzzle-solving as well as combat.

The trailer (linked below) shows off a first-person experience where you help a woman named Ell solve puzzles using a magic wand and a number of glowing purple stones, one of which is chained to her leg.

According to a report by IGN Japan (Japanese), the objective of each level is to destroy an antenna blocking the world’s colors and sounds. Besides the ability to levitate the game’s mysteriously glowing purple rocks, the player’s wand also has other powers, including ‘wind’, ‘earth’, and ‘fire’, all of which play into specific puzzles such as a windmill puzzle that requires a puff of air to rotate. Protecting Ell and moving her through the game, even as you go against big level bosses, is the key.

VoxEl is being co-developed by DeNA (pronounced ‘DNA’), which recently partnered with Nintendo to brings is IP to the mobile platform, and Amata K.K., a multimedia firm behind Last Labyrintha VR escape room slated for release in Spring 2019.

VoxEl doesn’t have an official release date yet, although IGN Japan reports that English localization is currently in the works to go along with the title’s original Japanese version.

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