Video Game: Dewy's Adventure
is a peculiar platformer
for the Nintendo Wii, released by Konami
in 2007. Unlike most platformers, where the player controls the character as they run and jump, Dewy's Adventure
has the player controlling the world itself,
as the titular Dewy slips and slides along it. (This uses the Wii Remote's motion-sensing capabilities, natch.) Not unlike Sega
's Super Monkey Ball
series, but Dewy can also jump, attack, use special abilities, and even change forms, just like any other good platforming hero. It is one half of Konami's "storybook" duology for the Wii, alongside Elebits.
The game takes place in a massive tree known as the Tree of Life
, which is home to spirits known as Eaus that keep the balance of nature in check. Eaus are peaceful beings, but in times of strife, they have a protector: Dewy, an enchanted droplet of water who is summoned by the tree in times of need. The tree also has an old nemesis in the form of the Black Water: A sinister ooze that rains from the sky to poison the tree. As the latest chapter in this battle as old as time unfolds, the Black Water has managed to not only take all the Eaus hostage, but also steal all of the mystical Wonder Fruits from the tree. With the last of its strength, the manages to summon Dewy to combat the forces of the Black Water and reclaim all the fruits that keep nature in check.
Warning: Absurdly, mind-breakingly cute.
Double warning: That special kind of cute that lulls you into a false sense of security.
This game contains examples of:
- An Ice Person: Dewy, by virtue of being able to change the weather to freeze the entire world. His ice form itself only uses melee powers, but just freezing the world itself can affect many enemies.
- Auto-Revive: The Reserve Life, which automatically restores you to full health when you die (and acts like a full heal if you collect it when you already have one). You'll need them.
- Badass Adorable: Sure, Dewy looks cute now. But when he's repeatedly comboing your face with shards of ice, (after paralyzing you with a screen-filling lightning blast) you probably won't be so generous.
- Bilingual Bonus: "Eau" means "water" in French. Not all of the Eaus resemble water (a lot of them look like other natural elements), but water is definitely important to the Tree of Life.
- Blow You Away: Dewy can create gusts of wind through the world. Certain enemies are vulnerable to them, but they also activate certain mechanisms.
- Emergency Weapon: Normal Dewy's Ground Pound move. It has limited range and doesn't do much damage, and usually needs to be used in conjunction with other, weather-based powers to do anything worthwhile. It's more useful for cancelling jumps than combat.
- Fartillery: Gasdron, the first boss, sprays clouds of stinky gas. Just in case it wasn't clear, the jug he rides around in has a pimply behind sculpted on the back of it.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: Every level has 100 Eaus, which you'll need to collect to get the best ranking.
- Green Hill Zone: Groovy Grassland, the first world.
- Ground Pound: Dewy's basic attack, in regular water form.
- Heart Container: Every level contains a Mook Maker who guards a Health Shard. Collecting every Health Shard from a world gives you one extra unit of health.
- Jungle Japes: The second world, Jolty Jungle.
- Lethal Lava Land: The volcano, naturally. Due to its temperature, Dewy can't become his ice form here—especially tricky, since that's his most combat-oriented form.
- Mook Maker: The large, pitcher-shaped enemies continually spit up basic mooks.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The aptly-named Chompies are about 90% toothy mouth. They're still cute.
- Product Placement: Some of the between-level tip screens feature product placement for... bottled water. Well, it makes a kind of sense.
- Rule of Cute: Breathes this trope through its every pore. It's a really cute game.
- Shock and Awe: Cloud Dewy can shoot massive bolts of lightning that can kill (or paralyze) large numbers of enemies.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Ice Island. Since it's so cold, Dewy can't become his cloud form in this level.
- Springy Spores: Dewy can bounce off mushrooms, and Ground Pound them for extra height.
- Super Drowning Skills: It isn't so much that Dewy drowns as that he "loses himself" when he falls into a large body of water. He can glide safely across if he turns it into ice first, however.
- Tree Of Life: Where the game takes place.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Dewy has the ability to change the temperature, which, being a drop of water, also changes his form. In cold temperatures, he becomes an icicle with improved combat abilities, increased speed, and the ability to move on water. High temperatures turn him into a cloud that shoots lightning and can travel through wind currents (but can't move much on its own).
- Winter Royal Lady: Icedron, the boss of Icy Island, appears to be wearing a robe, and has a crown like a queen.