Have you considered exercising lately? Maybe you already have been for a while? If you have, you may find yourself in the shoes of the young boy in a new Japanese game My Exercise. It is a unique, single-player game that is developed by an award-winning animator Atsushi Wada and published by indie game studios New Deer and Playables. In addition, despite his reputation, Atsushi Wada has never developed a game before. He has been nominated and won the Best Film at the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival and Silver Jabberwocky with his animation In a Pig’s Eye in 2010. Therefore, as a widely known animator, it would be interesting to see how his first game will perform upon release this week on August 27th.
Literally from the title My Exercise, the game focuses on exercising. Rather than multi-functional mechanics seen in modern mobile games, this game focuses on a simple interaction that conveys an “individual sense of pleasure” with one button – stated on the Intercommunication Center website. With each press of the button, the chubby character will perform a push-up as he plunges his face into the fur of a dog. For a sense of the pleasurable gameplay, the developers released a trailer with an animation of the kid exercising and stuffing his face.
This unique and potentially artistic game is Wada’s first project in game development that is worth keeping an eye out for. While there are various games that may offer a similarly satisfying experience today, the act of having one game mechanic as the central feature to play is definitely something. If interested in playing the game, users have the option to get notified of its release on August 27th for $2.99. Other than that, check out Wada Atsushi’s website or the My Exercise Twitter page to learn more about the game concept and various other projects he has to offer.