Since it was announced as a Vita exclusive last year at Gamescom, news on Ovosonico‘s debut title Murasaki Baby have been thin on the ground. Now, with the game nearing completion, we have some details of what you can expect when the game makes it grand entrance in September.
In Murasaki Baby you play as Baby, a little girl that finds herself in a ‘dream world’. This 2D landscape is no place for a baby as it is filled with traps, evil creatures and many horrors. Separated from her mother, Baby is desperate to be reunited with her This is an almighty task to ask of a baby, so this is where you come in. You will need to guide Baby through this ‘dream world’, ensuring that you keep both the girl and her heart-shaped balloon safe from the world’s perils.
Baby and her balloon are inseparable, with the balloon playing a major part in Murasaki Baby. If Baby parts company from her balloon she will not react well, so ensuring that she keeps a firm grip on the balloon is imperative! Making sure that Baby does not lose her balloon – and making sure that it stays afloat – is almost as important as keeping Baby out of harm’s way.
Deadly perils littered throughout the world are there to try and prevent Baby from being reunited with her mother. Safety pins may fly through the air to try and pop the balloon, so you will need to tap the touchscreen to knock them out of the air before they hit the balloon. Similarly, if the balloon starts meandering towards spikes, you will need to bat it out of the way before it goes bang! There may even be times where Baby gets scared and lets go of her floating companion, it is at this point that you will want to return the balloon to Baby as fast as you can before the tears start to flow and the screaming begins.
Murasaki Baby‘s control scheme is all touch-based, but this should not put you off from playing it. The touchscreen offers a great level of control over both Baby and her balloon just by simply swiping your fingers across the screen. Making Baby move is as simple as pointing her in the right direction and controlling her balloon is as easy as resting your finger on top of it.
An adventure game that is filled with puzzles, Murasaki Baby has a novel mechanic in that you can change the backdrop to aide you when needed. Swiping two fingers across the Vita’s rear touchpad will switch the game’s backgrounds at your beck and call. These changing backgrounds can then be used in different ways. For example, tapping on a blue background will fill the screen with water which will allow you to use raindrops to help solve puzzles. An orange background, that features a windmill, will bring a gust of wind that blows across the land. There is also a red background will contain frights that will scare not only Baby but her enemies, including an unnamed rival that is also clinging on to a balloon.
Murasaki Baby is a beautiful game to look at, but don’t let that fool you. Unlike your relationship with Baby, the game will not hold your hand and guide you through its puzzles. It will give you the occasional hint, but after that you are on your own to figure out what you need to do to progress!
Releasing on the PlayStation Vita in the near future, this is certainly a game to look out for! Will you be buying Murasaki Baby when it releases in September? Let us know in the comments below!