NAIRI: Tower of Shirin, nuove informazioni in merito al porting su Nintendo Switch

Poche ore fa sono emerse nuove informazioni in merito alla versione per Nintendo Switch di NAIRI: Tower of Shirin, presto disponibile sul Nintendo eShop.

Il titolo puzzle-adventure “cute” di HomeBearStudio, sarà infatti pubblicato nel corso dell’Autunno 2018 sull’eShop europeo e americano di Nintendo Switch.

Potete trovare il post dell’update su Kickstarter, in calce all’articolo.

NAIRI Progress Report – April 2018 

Hi, everyone, and welcome to the April progress update for NAIRI: Tower of Shirin!

You’re probably wondering how the Nintendo Switch port is going, right?

Porting NAIRI: Tower of Shirin to the Nintendo Switch has definitely been an interesting journey for us, and we’ve worked incredibly hard over the last few weeks. All this work has paid off… and we’re very happy to tell you that the porting of the game is nearing completion!

Also, the game is slowly but surely starting to support more languages! Along with English, the game now also includes Japanese, and the Spanish localization has been completed as well. We’ll be adding more languages to our build as the localization teams finish each language, which means they will be available for those of you that play the game on PC as well!

Getting the game running on the Nintendo Switch and implementing the two new languages is one thing, but implementing proper support for the several control options the platform has to offer is a completely different journey!

On Nintendo Switch you will be able to play NAIRI: Tower of Shirin with the default Joy-Con setup, with gyro motion controls or, and this is our personal favorite, by simply touching the screen when playing in Portable or Tabletop mode!

Aside from the new control options, we’ve also spent some extra time play testing the whole game. We took this opportunity to implement some tweaks and changes to the game’s puzzles, dialogue and even some of the art assets! Due to the extra development time for the game, thanks to the support of Another Indie and Hound Picked Games, we’ll be able to release NAIRI: Tower of Shirin on PC and Nintendo Switch, as an even better and more fun game than before.

We still can’t talk about a release date for the game, since once the final build is done it needs to be submitted to Nintendo for review and approval, a process that can take several weeks or even months, but rest assured that we’re just as excited as you to learn when we can finally get the game out into the world.

Once again, thank you very much for all of your patience, as well as for reading through our latest update.

And now, back to work!

A cute graphic adventure with adorable visuals, compelling characters and engaging puzzles!

We are trying to make everyone’s world a little happier by developing NAIRI, a cute point&click adventure with adorable visuals, compelling characters and engaging puzzles.

NAIRI is appropriate for any age, sex and skill level, and is sure to delight anyone looking for a strong narrative and puzzle experience. We promise you’ll love NAIRI if:

You love playing graphic (point&click) adventures!
You love exploring a fleshed out world full of fun characters!
You love exploring dungeons and solving devilish puzzles!
You love compelling stories with strong character development!
You love charming, unique visuals and an awesome soundtrack!

NAIRI is a child-friendly story with subtly mature themes, inspired by works such as The Last Airbender, Toy Story and Spirited Away. The light tone of NAIRI’s story is juxtaposed with a strong focus on character development and a darker overarching theme.

NAIRI tells the story of an abandoned upper-class girl who meets Rex, a criminal-turned-scholar. Together, they adventure through the animal-inhabited oasis city of Shirin. Become familiar with Nairi and Rex while uncovering the dark history and mysteries of Shirin!

NAIRI takes place in the fictional oasis city of Shirin.

We put a lot of effort to breathe a sense of history into this world!
We have considered Shirin’s infrastructure, water supply and sanitation, social class differences – but without taking away from the quirky fantasy setting. Silly? Maybe, but don’t forget: the City of Shirin is arguably the most important character in the game!

There’s a 3D-model of Shirin to keep art/level design consistent. It took a while!

When exploring the different districts of Shirin, you may notice it is curiously laid out to facilitate the construction of a mysterious tower.

Or, you may notice how the rich district has been build around a source of water – a suspiciously rich aquifer that forms the oasis. Water flows down district-to-district, for both symbolic and practical reasons.

You’ll see religious scribes, which concern themselves with spiritual matters while also struggling with rich merchants for political power.

There’s a middle district – home to bazaars, public baths and universities.
Then there’s the poor district, which breeds thugs and revolutionists yet also holds the mysterious Tower, which is older than the city itself!

An overview of Shirin, the Oasis City.

Nairi, Rex and the construction of the Tower.

The rich district. The Royal Palace and entertainment await!

Expensive entertainment… only affordable by the rich and powerful.

The middle district is full of bazaars and cute performers!

Rex and Nairi having a discussion in the middle district.

The poor district of Shirin, with the Tower looming in the background.

Shirin is full of dark crypts, dungeons and other secrets.

Conflicting ideals are a cause of tension in Shirin.

From the cynical but charming Nairi to the comically naive King of Shirin, NAIRI presents a varied cast of characters to bring humor, drama and even light philosophy and politics into the story.

As in many adventure games, you click on people and objects.
Doing this will result in a conversation and other things depending on the context. Often, you’ll be presented with a conflict or problem to solve.

You clicked on Cooper at the market. Seems we’ve got a problem!

Often, problems are solved by using certain items.
It is up to you to decide what item will do the trick!

Fix Cooper’s depression with a musically talented bird!

At other times, choices are presented in the main narrative.
Although the main characters are written to develop in a certain way, there are different gameplay branches in the plot for you to enjoy!

Aside from exploring the several districts of Shirin, you’ll stumble on more mysterious and sometimes grim locales, such as ruins and crypts.
These dungeons are more puzzle-oriented than the overworld.
Dungeons are darker in tone, and more challenging gameplay-wise!
Often, they hold a special item or a certain narrative climax.

Carefully investigate your environment!

Solve elaborate puzzles!

Find keys and use them to progress!

Nairi’s partner, Rex, holds a journal which serves as a hint-system!

There’s a map-system to help you keep your bearings!

Players get bored with convoluted exposition, pixel-hunting, backtracking and obtuse puzzles.
Don’t worry: we are aware!
With NAIRI, we aim to avoid the pitfalls of the genre.

Nothing creates atmosphere quite like a great soundtrack!
Listen to NAIRI’s trailer soundtrack below, which is a preview of all the whim, melancholy and dark ambiance that the game has to offer. There’s some other tracks by the same composer, as well!

Thanks a lot for reading! Here – some wacky costumes! Read more about ’em on our Kickstarter!

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