Eco Creatures: Save the Forest

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Eco Creatures: Save the Forest
Eco Creatures: Save the Forest
North American cover art
Developer(s) LightWeight
Headlock Corporation
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Masakazu Tagawa
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Eco Creatures: Save the Forest, known as Ecolis (エコリス, Ekorisu) in Japan and as Ecolis: Save the Forest in Europe, is a real-time strategy video game for the Nintendo DS video game console. It was co-developed by LightWeight and Headlock Corporation and was released in Japan on August 23, 2007 by Interchannel; in North America on March 4, 2008 by Majesco Entertainment; and in Europe on June 13, 2008 by Rising Star Games. Eco Creatures is sponsored by the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Synopsis

The residents of the Mana Woods had lived in peace and harmony for many years when the nearby Kingdom starts destroying the woods to expand the Kingdom. Dorian, the hero of the game, with the help of his mentor and the forest spirits, the Ecomon, Ecolis, and Ecoby, sets out to stop the pollution and save the forest.

Gameplay

Eco Creatures uses the stylus to control three types of small rodents; a Squirrel called Ecolis, a Flying squirrel called Ecomon, and a Beaver called Ecoby. All of their characteristics depend on their colour, which is very similar to Nintendo's own Pikmin series. Eco Creatures supports Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. There is also a level creation mode, which has support for online connectivity. It has been stated that Dorian is able to either summon a spirit, or transform into one.[1]

Development and release

Eco Creatures: Save the Forest was co-developed by LightWeight and Headlock Corporation.[4] The game was conceived in the summer of 2006, while its main development lasted from January to August 2007.[5] According to Gui Karyo of North American publisher Majesco Entertainment, the game was created to promote "public awareness of man's effect on the natural environment and the life within it" and to "impart environmental consciousness on the younger generation".[1] Project director Masakazu Tagawa stated that one of Lightweight's graphic designers came up with the concept of the game. "A squirrel is capable of storing seeds in its cheeks but they are not very good at remembering where they buried them afterwards," Tagawa explained. "So as generations pass the forgotten seeds that the squirrels buried will turn into the next generation of trees."[5]

Ecolis was officially released in Japan by Interchannel on August 27, 2007.[2] A portion of the game's sales were donated to Japan's branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature.[6] Shortly after its debut, Majesco picked the game up for North American distribution under the title Eco Creatures: Save the Forest[4] and released it on March 4, 2008.[1] Rising Star Games followed suit the following April by promising a European publication;[7] the game was released in the region as Ecolis: Save the Forest on June 13, 2008.[3]

Reception

Eco Creatures: Save the Forest was met with a mostly mediocre critical reception. The game holds aggregate scores of 58.75% on GameRankings and 55 out of 100 on Metacritic.[8][9] Famitsu Rated the game 29 out of 40. [10]

Sequel

A sequel titled Ecolis: Aoi Umi to Ugoku Shima (エコリス ~青い海と動く島~, "Ecolis: The Moving Island and Blue Sea") was released in Japan by GungHo Works on May 28, 2009.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b c IGN Staff (March 4, 2008). "Majesco Entertainment Ships Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest for Nintendo DS". IGN. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Bennett, Collette (June 25, 2007). "Ecoris DS hits Japan August 23rd; I MUST IMPORT NOW!". Destructoid. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Caolli, Eric (May 25, 2008). "Green game Ecolis now requires less green". Joystiq. AOL. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Alexander, Leigh (September 10, 2007). "Majesco Announces Eco Creatures: Save The Forest For DS". Gamasutra. UBM plc. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Redeema (March 17, 2008). "Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest Interview with Masakazu Tagawa". DreamStation.cc. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  6. ^ Caolli, Eric (June 19, 2007). "Ecolis boxart reveals WiFi and panda support". Joystiq. AOL. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  7. ^ Brice, Kath (August 4, 2008). "Ecolis: Save the Forest announced for UK May DS release". Pocket Gamer. Steel Media. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  8. ^ "Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest for DS". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  9. ^ "Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest for DS". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  10. ^ "エコリス まとめ [DS]". Famitsu. Enterbrain. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Spencer (February 9, 2009). "Eco Creatures Sprouts a Sequel". Siliconera. Retrieved December 30, 2013.

External links

  • Official website (in Japanese)

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