Greg Wohlwend is an accomplished independent game designer and artist whose résumé includes critically acclaimed mobile titles Threes, Ridiculous Fishing and Puzzlejuice. His games tend to be whimsical and playful, and his latest project, TumbleSeed, is no different in this regard.
TumbleSeed is a “rolly roguelike” — players guide an adorable rolling seed up a treacherous, procedurally generated mountainside pockmarked with deadly holes and dangerous creatures. Fall into a hole or run into a nasty beast, and players are sent back to the base of the mountain to begin the climb all over again. The concept is easy to grasp, but the game itself is difficult to master, Wohlwend says.
In that sense, it’s reminiscent of early Nintendo Entertainment System games like Tetris or Dr. Mario. That’s one reason Wohlwend wanted to bring TumbleSeed to Nintendo’s new console, the Switch.