Ramping up the Cute Factor with Wonder Wood

If you’ve been searching for something to entertain the little ones when they want to play with your phone or tablet, or if you yourself have been wanting something lighthearted to enjoy while away a few hours, you’ll definitely want to look into this.


New to iOS devices comes a game that is so gosh-darn sweet, it might give you cavities. Wonder Wood, a colorful forest adventure populated with big-eyed animals, very nearly exceeds the level of adorable as permitted by law.

A long time ago, the master gnome created the Wonder Wood, a glade at the center of the forest where the animals might live in peace and safety. They did, for a time, and they thought their sylvan idyll would last forever. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t give us much of a plot. While clearing some shrubs, the gnome uncovered a cave filled with black pig-like creatures, who escaped and began destroying the Wonder Wood and terrorizing its inhabitants.


At its heart, Wonder Wood is a city-building sim predicated on Disney-like imagery. Only you can help the kindly gnome by banishing the little red-eyed nasties from the Wonder Wood, cleaning up their mess, and restoring the homes so that the animals can return. You’ll need to provide them with food and help them to maintain their magical population, among other tasks.

The bright colors, cheerful animation, and easy premise make the game appropriate for players of all ages, and the endless gameplay will keep players occupied. If it reminds you of Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (which was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it), there’s a good reason for that – Wonder Wood comes from HeroCraft, the same developer.


Released this week in the Apple App StoreWonder Wood is a free app with optional in-game purchases. Simple to play and bursting with cute, its appeal is almost universal. Try it today on your iPhone or iPad, and see what other magic the folks at HeroCraft are devising by watching their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Laura, to borrow a phrase from Metal Gear Solid 3, has one good eye and can still fire a gun. She refers to herself as a "video dame," and has been an avid gamer on various platforms since she first picked up a Pong controller over 30 years ago. She takes great delight in explaining different games to her husband.