Fan Expo Canada 2013
Shuyan the Kung Fu Princess

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 29th, 2013


While bigger publishers tend to erect giant structures at Fan Expo, within which are contained many gaming stations and some of the coolest upcoming titles, there are also some really awesome smaller booths with indie goodness emanating onto the show floor. In my wanderings around the gaming area, I came upon the booth hosted by a local studio Mark Animation, where they were showing off their iPad exclusive game called Shuyan the Kung Fu Princess, an action-adventure game that really plays with the idea of combat.

The main character in the game, Shuyan, is a hot-headed princess from ancient China who finds herself stranded. She embarks on a journey that becomes closely entwined with Kung Fu; and she must learn to master herself and learn the art of fighting without fighting. The game mechanics mirror the philosophy of the art, so one must employ calmness and control to finish the game (and the touch interface emphasizes this idea). Made up of action sequences and challenging puzzles, the game looks very intriguing. The art style is also beautiful. The visuals looks like a moving Chinese paintings, with comic-book-styled cut-scenes that really help to drive the story. The music is also very traditional-sounding, and mixes with an impressive sound effects track.

Beautiful art style and great soundtrack!

As I played the game, I was reminded of the story of the female Chinese warrior, Wing Chun, and the story of how she learned to master herself in the face of an evil warlord. The more I played, the more intrigued I became. I didn’t want to take up too much time, as there were some other people that wanted to try it out; my time with the game served to stoke the fires of my curiosity.

Shuyan looks to be an ambitious project that will be delivered in episodes starting this fall. I’m very stoked! Check out the game page here.

Other articles from Fan Expo Canada 2013 can be found at this link.

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