The World Next Door
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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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The World Next Door is not a title that’s going to rock anyone’s world, but it’s a good title that would be worth checking out for someone wanting something a little different. The puzzle combat system is enjoyable but could have benefited from further development to flesh it out a bit more. The story isn’t extraordinary but is still an enjoyable journey despite its anticlimatic ending. The game takes about four hours or so to complete, so it isn’t a huge time commitment.
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.
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.