Posted on February 21, 2008, Stephany 'Wild Earth: African Safari' Coming to the Wii
A new adventure/fantasy game is headed our way, and no it is not populated with elves, goblins, mythological creatures or our dwarven brethren. This one is full of lions, elephants, hyenas, and more animals that you could shake Noah’s Ark at.
Wild Earth: African Safari is a unique simulation for the Wii based on the PC game from Super X Studios and Majesco. In the game, you take award-winning pictures of exotic animals in their natural habitats without disturbing them and like it shows in the video – you try and get as close to them as possible. From running with herds of zebra to following hunting lions and scavenging vultures, players must capture and create magazine-quality pictorials in 11 different missions with more than 30 different animals as subjects. One thing that puzzled me about the game was a scene with many a male lion sharing a kill – either that is some sort of error or everything I ever learned about them is wrong.
- Complete 11 picture-taking missions with both primary and secondary objectives. Investigate the bold hyena during a midday thunderstorm. Observe gentle giraffes in the hidden valley from the aerial view of a helicopter. Meet a family of elephants as they take care of their young, etc.
- An exclusive new Safari Mini-Game mode only for the Wii lets you use the Wii Remote to play from the animal’s perspective in 11 different games
- Includes more than 30 African animals including: cheetah, crocodile, crowned crane, elephant, flamingo, frog, bat, gazelle, giraffe, hippo, hyrax, leopard, lion, ostrich, oxpecker, pangolin, rhinoceros, suricate, tortoise, trout, vulture, warthog, wildebeest and zebra
- Brand new cooperative multiplayer mode gives players the choice to drive the vehicle or snap photos while playing with anywhere from 1 to 3 friends.
- Photos collected are placed into an animated slide show presentation of informative articles. In addition, players can select their own favorite photos to keep in their portfolio.
- The Impact Meter tracks how much of a disturbance you are to the natural habitat. If you disturb too many animals or get to close to them, your Wii Remote will rumble at varying degrees, making it harder to take a steady picture. If the Impact Meter becomes completely depleted, you fail the mission.
- Experience accurately presented flora and terrain from the Serengeti National Park in Africa, at different times of day and in varied weather. Grasses, shrubs, flowers, kopjes (rocky outcroppings), streams and lakes provide a life-like experience and terrific photo opportunities.
- Features hours of inspiring soundtrack from the world music label Talking Drum Records in Santa Monica, CA.
Wild Earth: African Safari is expected to hit shelves on April 22nd. Check back often for updates and click here for screens – some depicting the above mentioned pride of male lions munching away on a wildebeest. You know, they always HAVE to show scenes like that in a nature program because extreme outweighs cute in the ratings game, but why would I want to take a virtual picture of it as well? Oh well, at least this way there is no blood, and you don’t have to hear the animal scream as it is getting eaten alive.