BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui
|BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui|
BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui was a cancelled video game that was planned to be released in the Fall of 2001. The game was meant to be canon and cover the 2001 BIONICLE storyline, featuring the Toa Mata on their quest to gather the Kanohi Masks of Power and defeat Makuta after facing his Infected Rahi.
Since this game was never released, all information that is available comes from official press releases or from leaked prototype builds of the game.
The game starts with an introductory movie of the six Toa Canisters falling into the ocean and sailing towards the island of Mata Nui. Afterwards, there is a clip of one Toa Canister washing up on the shores near the Papa Nihu Reef, where it opens after a bird (depicted as organic in alpha build v0.006 and biomechanical in a later beta build) lands on it. Toa Onua emerges from the canister and proceeds to reassemble himself. Onua then heads toward Onu-Wahi.
In alpha build v0.006, there are several in-engine cutscenes that play through each level. Notable cutscenes include Onua meeting an Onu-Matoran named Nobua near the Papa Nihu Reef; each Toa performing the Great Takara with their Matoran and Turaga; and each Toa meeting the next Toa and passing on their collected Kanohi masks. According to the game data, the cutscene of Pohatu meeting Kopaka is adapted from their meeting in Comic 1: The Coming of the Toa. Most of these cutscenes do not play in a later beta build.
Throughout the game the player takes control of each of the Toa Mata as the player explores the villages of the island. Their task is to discover the Kanohi masks and use them in the appropriate situations. Along the way, each Toa meets Kapura, who is traveling the island of Mata Nui. The Toa are also challenged by various Rahi beasts, including small Rahi that were previously introduced in BIONICLE: Quest for the Toa as well as several game-exclusive Rahi, including the Fikou-Nui. To collect a Makoki Stone and access the next playable level, each Toa faces off against a respective elemental monster; the Earth Elemental is named Vatuka-Nui in alpha v0.006 text.
BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui has a third-person view. The left hand controls the Toa's movements and the right hand controls the camera. In addition to their basic tasks, the player is able to collect small logos in the shape of the Three Virtues. The amount they have collected is displayed on the top right corner of the screen. On the top left corner is the player's health. On the bottom left corner is their current mask, which spins when in use. In the bottom right corner is the amount of a certain berry needed to defeat their opponents.
They also have to collect several special items throughout the levels which are displayed in the inventory. Each Toa collects a lost Bamboo Disk to be returned to its Matoran owner, as well as a Makoki Stone. In addition, according to alpha v0.006 data, Onua collects a pet small blue bug named Thali-Whali (alternatively spelled Thalli-Walli) and a Miner's Pick; Gali collects a Gear and a Ga-Koro Gate Stone; Pohatu collects a Stone Hammer and a Kolhii Ball; Kopaka collects Huai Ice Skates and the Element of Melting; Lewa collects a blue Fikou and a Volo Lutu Launcher; and Tahu collects a Winch Lever and a Lava Board.
Because the game was never released, the only way one could play it is to find a development CD. Most of these CDs are currently property of the LEGO Company, although there are some disks that are owned by various people around the world.
On February 10th, 2018, a version of the alpha build was streamed on YouTube, and subsequently leaked.
- The Kanohi Vahi was planned to be distributed with the game; with the cancellation, the Vahi was later released as part of store promotions and other giveaways.
- A glitch in the development CD prevents players from advancing past Onua's level.
- Initially, the game was planned for release on Gamecube and possibly PlayStation game consoles.
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