Okamiden Masters The Art Of Breaking Wind

Our latest look at Capcom’s portable take on Okami was full of breaking wind.

You break wind to the left, you break wind to the right, you break wind straight on, all to show off the game’s latest magic brush technique.

In Okamiden you work wolf pup Chibiterasu through the game with the help of magic brush strokes drawn on the touchscreen of Nintendo’s DS. Each stroke of your stylus can impact the world, cutting through objects, creating paths, and, starting in chapter six of the game, blowing wind.

My short hands-on with Okamiden kicked off with Chibiterasu dropped into the middle of a thundercloud. To make it through the section, and arrive at shore, you need to use the Galestorm brush technique.

That means drawing a cursive lower case “e” in the direction the wind is blowing from. If you succeed, you counter the winds effects, if you fail the wind blows the tiny pup off screen.

The hands-on also gave me a brief glimpse of Chibiterasu’s fourth partner in the game, Kurow. Kurow is described as a mysterious boy found inside a fallen star that landed on Ryoshima Coast.

After landing on the island, the short preview had me use a Waterspout brush technique to create a rainbow bridge. Sadly, it was a single rainbow bridge.

The hands-on wrapps up with my using the Powerslash brush technique to slash musical notes floating up from a “Thunder band”. Once I managed to cut down all of the music, stopping the notes from floating off screen, the level wrapped up with my receiving the Thunderstorm scroll, which lets you draw lightning, and a drum, which makes you immune to lightning.

It was a short look at the game, but a reminder that Okamiden, while not the prettiest title I’ve seen on the portable, it certainly looks like it will be a fun game to play through.

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