Kula World

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Kula World
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Developer(s)Game Design Sweden AB
Publisher(s)
Designer(s)Stefan Persson
Jens Rudberg
Jesper Rudberg
Johannes Söderqvist
Programmer(s)Stefan Persson
Jens Rudberg
Jesper Rudberg
Artist(s)Johannes Söderqvist
Composer(s)Twice a Man
Platform(s)PlayStation, Android
Release
Genre(s)Platform, puzzle
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Kula World (Roll Away in North America and KulaQuest (クーラクエスト, KūraKuesuto) in Japan) is a 3D platform puzzle video game developed by Game Design Sweden AB for the Sony PlayStation, which places the player in control of a Kula beach ball. The main objective of the game is to collect keys which unlock the level exits, as well as coins and jewels along the way. The game makes use of alternative physics, changing the direction of gravity as the ball moves.

Gameplay[edit]

Various elements and obstacles are introduced as one moves on to new levels, which means that the complexity and level of puzzle solving required gradually increases as the game progresses. The game involves making ingenious use of the various types of platforms and surrounding objects, from moving platforms and transporters to bouncing platforms and jumping pills.

Bonus levels can be unlocked by gathering five fruits (one available in each stage). If one enters a bonus level, the word "BONUS" appears. Completing the bonus stage requires one to 'activate' all the cubes on all platforms by rolling over them. The bonus stages also become more complex as the game progresses.

Points are awarded when the player collects keys, treasures, and fruits and also when they complete levels. Points are deducted if the Kula ball is spiked, captured, melted, burnt by a laser, falls/slides off or simply runs out of time, all of which require the player to restart the level - providing the score has not fallen below zero, in which case, the game ends.

A two-player mode is available, with two variations of the game. A time trial and a version called "copycat". In the time trial the players take turns to determine who can complete each stage in the quickest time possible. The "copycat" version is a kind of memory tester. It involves one player starting off making two moves, and the next player then copies those moves and adds two of their own. The first player then has to copy all of the moves so far and add two more moves at the end. This continues until one of the players makes a mistake, after which the opponent is awarded a point. A move constitutes either changing direction, moving forward or jumping (either on the spot/forwards or onto another platform).

Release[edit]

This was one of the first games to make use of the DualShock vibration function of the original PlayStation game controllers, which induces the feel of the ground breaking, the feeling of the Kula ball about to burst, or the shock of getting suddenly captured or spiked. The game also featured an original, easy listening style soundtrack composed entirely by long-running Swedish electronica group Twice a Man.

Kula World was released for download to PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Store, on 29 November 2007.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe also released a direct emulation of Kula World on Google Play for Android in 2011.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings81%[2]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Edge6/10[3]
EGM7/10[4]
Eurogamer7/10[5]
Famitsu29/40[6]
Game Informer7.5/10[7]
GamePro3/5 stars[8]
GameSpot7.6/10[9]
IGN8.9/10[10]
OPM (US)4.5/5 stars[11]
PSM3.5/5 stars[12]
The Cincinnati Enquirer3/4 stars[13]

Kula World received generally positive reviews from video game publications.[2] Edge praised the game for gradually introducing new challenges as the player advances through the stages, comparing the game's progression to a "good Nintendo title". However, the magazine criticized the game's lack of replay value and the multiplayer mode for not offering split screen gameplay.[3] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 29 out of 40.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GameSpot staff (25 November 1998). "Now Shipping [date mislabeled as "April 28, 2000"]". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 5 March 2000. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Roll Away for PlayStation". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b Edge staff (July 1998). "Kula World". Edge. No. 60. Future Publishing. p. 94. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Roll Away". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 113. Ziff Davis. December 1998.
  5. ^ Dan Whitehead (28 January 2008). "PSN Roundup (Kula World)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b "クーラクエスト [PS]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Kula World [Import]". Game Informer. No. 65. FuncoLand. September 1998. Archived from the original on 13 September 1999. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  8. ^ Boba Fatt (October 1998). "Kula World [Import]". GamePro. No. 121. IDG Entertainment. p. 176. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  9. ^ Joe Fielder (30 December 1998). "Rollaway [sic] Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  10. ^ Douglass C. Perry (9 December 1998). "Roll Away". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Roll Away". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Vol. 2 no. 3. Ziff Davis. December 1998.
  12. ^ "Roll Away". PSM. No. 15. Imagine Media. November 1998. p. 48. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  13. ^ James Bottorff (1999). "Addictive 'Roll Away' a challenge". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on 28 November 1999. Retrieved 19 August 2017.

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