Factsheet

Developer:
Forbidden Folds
Based in Salzburg, Austria

Release date:
2022

Platforms:
Steam
Itch.Io

Website:
https://forbiddenfolds.com/whalien

Regular Price:

TBA

Description

In WHALIEN you journey through a mechanical whale, experiencing a colorful adventure full of wonky physics and whale placed puns. You are Ernest, the last remaining Hemingwhale still residing inside of Fin the chatty patchwork whale. After years of smooth whaling, little squiddies take up residency as your evil neighbours and start to nibble on Fin’s insides. Equipped with magnetic tools left behind by your family, you set out to explore the whale and solve the mystery of the squiddie infestation.

History

Starting out as a student project, we quickly realized that we wanted to bring WHALIEN to the next level. Winning the German Developer Award 2020 in the Ubisoft Newcomer Category, as well as the Subotron Student Live Pitch 2019 assured us in our undertaking. And so we did! We formed our own Studio, Forbidden Folds, to create focused interactive experiences, pushing simple ideas to their extreme without overstaying their welcome. With unlimited passion and a few forbidden tricks, we strive to make magical experiences unfold right before your eyes.

Features

  • explore a colorful, mechanical whale
  • use magnetic powers to manipulate your surroundings
  • learn about your family's secret

Videos

WHALIEN PRE ALPHA TRAILER YouTube


Images

download all screenshots & photos as .zip (79MB)
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WHALIEN_IAB_04.png
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ThrowSpheres.gif
PushGlove.gif
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WHALIEN_IAB_02.png
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download logo files as .zip (2MB)
logo
logo

Awards & Recognition

  • "Winner of the Ubisoft Newcomer Award 2020, as part of the German Developer Awards 2020." 2020
  • "Winner of the Subotron Student Live Pitch 2019" 2019


Selected Articles

  • "This is my favorite game of all time."
    - Mum,
  • "This corridor is so shiny, I love it!"
    - multiple players,
  • "This looked different the last time I played this!"
    - Josef Schinwald,


About Forbidden Folds

Boilerplate
At Forbidden Folds we create focused interactive experiences, pushing simple ideas to their extreme without overstaying their welcome. Our worlds are immediately recognizable and engaging, staying in your head and heart, even after you stopped playing. With unlimited passion and a few forbidden tricks, we make magical experiences unfold right before your eyes. We formed in 2018 during our studies while individually working on a variety of projects including games, animated films, and AR / VR experiences. Instead of doing the reasonable thing and getting stable jobs, we decided to go independent and are now, naturally aiming for world domination.

More information
More information on Forbidden Folds, our logo & relevant media are available here.


WHALIEN Credits

Herwig Atzlinger
Dewhaloper / Co Founder

Martin Birner
Dewhaloper / Co Founder

Andreas Lang
Dewhaloper / Co Founder

Jakob Vogel
Dewhaloper / Co Founder

Ralf Zobl
Dewhaloper / Co Founder

Sebastian Smus
Music and Sound Design

David Lins
additional 3D

Markus Hofer
additional Rigging

Contact

consistency is for cowards do whatever you want live your dreams send us an email
contact@forbiddenfolds.com


presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks