Balan Wonderworld

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Balan Wonderworld
Balan Wonderworld cover
Developers
Balan Company
Arzest
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows March 26, 2021
Reception
Metacritic 48
OpenCritic 51
IGDB 63
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Sports Football (Soccer), Baseball
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Fantasy
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Balan Wonderworld is a 3D platformer developed by Balan Company and Arzest and published by Square Enix. The game is notable for its extensive powerup system.

The game was released on Steam on March 26, 2021. A pre-release demo was made available on January 27, 2021.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Demo[edit]

A demo is available on Steam. It contains World 1, as well as one level each from Worlds 4 and 6,[1] and does not contain the Day 1 patch.

Progress in the demo does not carry over to the full version, except for unlocking one exclusive costume.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\BALAN WONDERWORLD\Steam\<user-id>\SaveGames\Option.sav
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Happiness\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1341050/pfx/[Note 1]
The first configuration file is encrypted. The second file only allows changing a few of its values, such as screen resolution (for instance, the value for HDR has no effect on the game).

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\BALAN WONDERWORLD\Steam\<user-id>\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1341050/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Aspect ratios taller than 16:9 are letterboxed.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Stretched in fullscreen, pillarboxed in borderless windowed.
4K Ultra HD
[2]
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Referred to as Virtual Full Screen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
The game always uses x8 anisotropic filtering.[3] See Anisotropic filtering (AF) for more.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
On/off toggle with TAA is used.[3] See Anti-aliasing (AA) for more options.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Choice to lock to 60 FPS or 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Custom anisotropic samples[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.MaxAnisotropy=16
Anisotropic filtering quality can be adjusted by changing the value between 0 and 16.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Change anti-aliasing to FXAA
  1. Follow the instructions to enable the developer console in the game.
  2. Press ~ (requires US-Standard keyboard layout, as the game does not accept any alternate buttons for this).
  3. Enter r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing 1
FXAA quality can be adjusted by changing the value of r.PostProcessAAQuality between 1 (low) and 6 (high).
Requires to be run after each game launch.
Adjusting any in-game graphics settings reverts the AA method and the fix needs to be redone.

High frame rate[edit]

Custom frame rate cap
  1. Follow the instructions to enable the developer console in the game.
  2. Press ~ (requires US-Standard keyboard layout, as the game does not accept any alternate buttons for this).[5]
  3. Set the value of t.MaxFPS to the desired frame rate cap, e.g. t.MaxFPS 144
Requires to be run after each game launch.
Adjusting any in-game graphics settings reverts the frame rate cap and the fix needs to be redone.

Input[edit]

Key bindings
Key bindings
Camera settings
Camera settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Some keys cannot be bound to the mouse.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Separate sensitivity options for X-axis and Y-axis.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separate option for X-axis inversion.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Present with the Vertical Movement option.
X-axis inversion is present with the Horizontal Movement option.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox prompts are always active if a controller is detected during launch.[6]
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, and Voices.
Surround sound
Supports 7.1.[7]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Arabic
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
French
German
Greek
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Spoken lines in the intro do not match up with the official Japanese subtitles.
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Turkish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
LAN play
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues fixed[edit]

"Play with a friend" controller prompt does not recognize the controller[edit]

The game treats both the keyboard/mouse and the first connected controller as Player 1[citation needed]
  • Connect a second dummy controller if intending to have player 1 on a keyboard, and player 2 on a controller.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Vorbis, XAudio2

Command line arguments[edit]

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.
Parameter Description
-windowed Forces windowed mode.
-fullscreen Forces fullscreen mode.
-d3d12 Forces DirectX 12 renderer.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4430
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon R9 270X
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1341050/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1341050) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Balan Wonderworld demo available now! - last accessed on 2021-03-26
  2. Verified by User:Dandelion Sprout on 2021-02-04
  3. 3.0 3.1 Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-03-29
    Tested with the Unreal Engine 4 console unlocker.
  4. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-03-29
  5. Verified by User:Dandelion Sprout on 2021-03-30
  6. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-01-29
  7. Verified by User:Dandelion Sprout on 2021-02-04