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The World Next Door: Is It Worth It?

The World Next Door: Is It Worth It?

Anime Style

We were in touch with the developers of The World Next Door, and they were kind enough to give us a code to check the game out. The World Next Door is a narrative-driven action and adventure game set in a parallel world. You can certainly feel the anime elements in The World Next Door. The game features a plethora of quirky, and fun characters. Each character has a very distinct personality, and they all mesh well within the game. No matter your personality type you will find yourself relating to at least one of the characters in The World Next Door. With all that in mind let’s find out if The World Next Door is worth it.

Game Play

The World Next Door features some combat styles I haven’t quite seen before. The game is focused on magic-based combat. Casting a spell however is a little bit different from what you may be used to. To be able to cast from your vast range of spells you have to match and move runes on the floor near each other. A minimum of 3 runes are needed to cast a spell, and the spells intensity can be increased the more runes there are near each other. In the game, you have learned fireball as your first spell, and that has been my favorite spell so far. There is also a void ball that deals damage as it moves through your enemy as well as a healing spell. The only spell I couldn’t get downright is the lightning spell. The lightning spell requires the enemy to be nearby and creates a strip of lighting on the ground for a duration of time. Useful for trying to kite your enemies away and heal up.

Story

The World Next Door takes place in a parallel world that is linked to Earth. The game follows the story of Jun a young human girl that has dreamed of leaving Earth her entire life. Jun takes a portal to the other world, and she only has a limited time to be there. In The World, Next Door Jun has a variety of friends that she met online. The game is mostly narrative driven which means that there will be a lot of chatting between you and your counterparts. You also can respond there is a variety of ways that you get to choose. I only picked positive responses, because I can’t even be rude to video game NPCs, I know I’m a lightweight. The reactions mostly range from positive, neutral, and negative and your responses will eventually drive the story into a specific direction. I can only imagine where I’d be if I were negative the whole time. I like being able to interact with the NPCs on my terms and not being forced into a specific sequence of speech. I usually just skip all the chatter in video games, but not in this one. I need to know what I am responding to.

Ironclad Review

The World Next Door was a beautiful mix of story and action. I recommend this game to everyone. The World Next Door made me feel connected to the characters in many ways. Even though I knew they weren’t real, they felt real to me. The World Next Door is a new take on the narrative-driven video games genre. The combat system was complicated to figure out and felt incredibly fast to me, but I enjoyed that. It was a whole new combat system that I had to learn quickly, or it was game over for me. I guarantee you will not be disappointed if you play this game. I would be shocked if the story and action didn't enthrall anyone within The World Next Door. The World Next Door launched March 28th, 2019 get it on PC, MAC, or Switch and enter another dimension! Check out their twitter @worldnextdoor_ and their website for more info https://theworldnextdoor.com/#wishlist. Thank you for reading. Farewell Traveler.

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