April 21, 2006 - Game development studio 5th Cell is more known for its line-up of mobile titles - versions of Lemony Snicket, Full Spectrum Warrior, and Seal Team 6 to name a few. But the company's ready to branch out into the world of the Nintendo DS, and the team's got a concept that looks to be right up the system's alley. All it needs now is a publisher to make it a reality.
Drawn to Life is the game's name. Its overlying idea is to give players full customization of their on-screen persona using the touch screen of the Nintendo DS. Players will have the opportunity to doodle up five different in-game heroes using three different methods of construction - "Draw" using freehand tools, "build" with jigsaw-style pieces, and "paint" using a coloring book-like interface.
Now, why are you required to create your own heroes? Here's the overall idea of Drawn to Life direct from the developers themselves:
A dying village, embraced by everlasting winter, has cried out to you, the Creator, for assistance. The remaining inhabitants of the village need you to bring back all their lost possessions such as the sun, moon, fruit trees, fish, rain clouds, plants, animals and more!
However, you cannot recreate these items without a set of blueprints, so you must collect the "Template pages" for each object. To make the situation even more difficult, each page has been torn up and scattered across the world. To do this, the player must create their own heroes, a Creation specifically suited to fly, run, jump, swim or smash their way through snowy fields, tropical islands, dark forests, crowded cities and grassy hills.
Once you've secured a requested Template, you can enter the village, draw it and place it somewhere in the village. While in the village you can hang out and interact with the inhabitant's and your own Hero Creations. Follow them around and see their reaction to your work!
When Drawn to Life is eventually finished, the game will feature two modes of play. "Village Mode" is a full-featured option where you interact with the villagers and help to repopulate their village. "Challenge Mode" is more of a side-scrolling adventure where you control your Hero Creations to gain back the Template pages.
The concept is still in its early stages of development, but 5th Cell has offered us a first look at the game. Hit the link below to check out the premiere screenshots of Drawn to Life. If you're a publisher looking for a unique title to publish on the Nintendo DS, give these guys a holler by hitting their website at 5thcell.com.
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