The World Next Door
About this game
Developer: Rose City Games
Content Rating: Teen
The World Next Door is a narrative-driven, action-adventure game that follows Jun, a rebellious teen girl trapped in a parallel world inhabited by magical creatures. Inspired by the emotional storytelling and thrilling action of both anime and indie games, players can expect to meet and develop friendships with an eclectic cast of characters while uncovering the mysteries hidden within this world.
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While the storybook art style and writing boost the overall experience, there isn’t enough substance for me to recommend The World Next Door. I did enjoy aspects of what I played, but there is a brevity and incompleteness that holds it back from being more than just a unique experiment. The puzzle-based combat is a really cool idea that needed to be used more and in different ways. If this one sounds interesting to you, I would wait for some kind of discount before jumping in.
Outside of the art style, The World Next Door feels generic and doesn’t do enough to make the adventure feel exciting. I expected something to pay off in the long run, whether it was the story, my choices, or time I spent with characters, but I instead ended the game saying, “That’s it?” It made me feel like I wasted my time getting to know this world and the people who inhabit it.
With all of the magnificent world-building, I couldnât help but be immensely disappointed by the lack of catharsis, or any closure with character development or plot. Like Jun, I wanted to bask in the world of Emrys for even longer. I certainly hope that the developers and artists expand the world with a bigger sequel. Right now, The World Next Door sits in my Switch menuâI smile at its icon, but I will likely never open it again.