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Creating With “Bricks”: A Look At Discovery For the Wii U

A wonderful site called WiiWareWave had a contest on twitter to win a Wii U indie game called Discovery. Discovery is yet another brick creation game in the vain of Minecraft. I had already played two other block creation games (Cube Life for Wii U and The Magic Hammer for 3DS) and thought they were just ok. And yet, I keep wanting to like this genre. I love creating things. So, I entered the contest to win Discovery and, of course, I won. After a couple of days with the game, I decided it was time to talk about it. Is Discovery any good?


Discovery has two modes: single player and a co-op mode. I wasn’t able to try out the co-op mode because I didn’t have any of the controllers that the game supports for the second player. Thats the reason that this article isn’t a review. I didn’t think it would be fair to put a number on this game without trying the other mode and its not likely that I’ll get a chance to.

However, I really like the single player. Discovery plays a lot like other brick creation games, but I find its controls are a lot easier than those games (though I wish flying was better) and its graphics are a lot better too. There is no story mode in this game and I didn’t miss it. Sure, I do wish the game had a little bit more content, but I’m having a lot of fun with the game anyway.

See that house in the picture above? I created that house. Since there is no Off-TV mode in Discovery, I created the house on the TV screen and my father watched me create it. He gave me some advice along the way and that helped a lot. I do wish Discovery had Off-TV, but it’s not a major issue. The gamepad is used for an overhead view mode and that does help with planning out where you want to put things.

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I also have created two forts across from each other. You can see them in the picture above. The forts were a lot of fun to make. I decided to put no roofs on them (at least for now) and I really love the torches. My father suggested putting the torches on top of the forts and I think they look great!

Oh and I want to take a second to talk about how amazing night time looks in Discovery. The black and white night sky is amazing to look at, though its a lot harder to build stuff at night because you can’t see things as well on the ground. Still, look at the mood in the above picture. I love how you can quickly change the environment from different times of the day. You just press the start or select buttons to rotate through the various times. Its a very cool effect and you can get awesome pictures like the one above to post online. I also wish I had a picture of the day time sky. This game is definitely not set on Earth because you can see Saturn (or a planet like it) in the sky. The day time is just as amazing as the night. Overall, I really love Discovery’s graphics. Its a beautiful game.

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I recommend Discovery if you want a beautiful and fun block creation game. I have no idea how the game compares to Minecraft. I still haven’t played that game and I’m not sure I ever will. I’m not sure I even need another block creation game after Discovery. I feel like there’s so much more for me to create in this game….

At least I didn’t say “there’s so more for me to discover in this game” right? Wait. I just did. Oh nevermind. Check out Discovery if you get a chance! The game is another good edition to the Wii U eshop’s library.



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blank Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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