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Review: The World Next Door

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A Journey To A Parelell World

I’ve been a big fan of Viz Media ever since my early years of when I migrated to the United States. For the longest, I've known them as the manga publishers for many of our beloved series such as Naruto, Dragon Ball, Bleach, One Piece, and even the Mega Man NT Warriors manga, which I remember reading a lot back in the day in my local library.

Many years fast-forwarded, and Viz Media published their first game, The World Next Door, and honestly, I thought it was something I wouldn’t see happening. The first time I found out about it was during New York Comic Con 2018 where they have demos of the game as well as a free prologue comic for attendees to grab. While they had a partnership with What Pumpkin Games' game Hiveswap, Viz Media wasn’t really the publisher according to Steam.



The World Next Door (PC [reviewed], Nintendo Switch)
Developer: Rose City Games
Publisher Viz Media
Released: March 28, 2019
MSRP: $14.99

The World Next Door follows Jun, a rebellious teen, who finds herself trapped in the parallel world inhabited by magical beings—the magical and mysterious world of Emrys. The game combines emotional storytelling and thrilling action of anime and indie gaming. Though personally, aside it being Isekai-esque (and that’s a stretch), I didn’t feel the anime elements. The only Japanese-esque was the Visual Novel elements, which impacted the dialogue but didn’t move the story too forward. I did enjoy the story, at least. I got to play both the Switch and Steam versions of the game and took the opportunity to do different answers for the Switch version, however, I didn’t go too deep to try out all the answers. 

Additionally, the game features real-time puzzle battles—what really got me somewhat addicted to this game. Basically, you had to match orbs of the same color to cast spells, with green being heath. Despite the battles feeling easy due to the amount of health in battle, and after the battle, in the form of fountains. Despite of that, it kept me entertained the entire way. While I wasn’t particularly fun of the character artworks, I really enjoyed the simple level designs and the sprite work. It was a very pretty game to look at.   



For those looking into getting either the Steam or Switch version, either version works as they both run wonderfully. For the Switch version, I’ve only played one hour with the system docked, and then another hour with the system undocked, which ran just as good too and would have been my preferred way to play if my progress wasn’t much further in the Steam version. Regardless, Switch fans can safely add this one into their collection.

However, my biggest gripe about the game is about how it ended—it felt incomplete. The moment I was somewhat getting attached to the characters, such as Horace and Vesper, it ended. It left with much more to be desired. While according to a Steam post, the developers plan to continue the story if this game sells well, I feel like the game could have had a better conclusion. However, for the fun gameplay, and cheap price, you can’t go wrong with this game.

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The World Next Door reviewed by Christian Chiok

7

GOOD

Solid and definitely has an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.
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Christian has been a gamer since his early childhood. He's a big fan of the King of Fighters and the Metal Slug series. Additionally, Christian enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching anime ... more + disclosures


 


 


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