World of Horror sounds delightful

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News by Matt S.

The best way to catch my attention is to promise “cosmic horror inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and Junji Ito.” It’s the reference to Ito that gets it over the line. Everyone knows who Lovecraft is. That’s an easy reference to claim. To also be inspired by the manga artist behind Uzumaki though… that shows that you’re a fan.

World of Horror is promising just that, and has the most delightful black-and-white aesthetic to back it up. A summary of the game from the press release below:

Navigate this hellish, roguelite reality through turn-based combat and unforgiving choices. Experiment with the events of a playthrough by building a deck of event cards to discover different outcomes for your battles against the darkness. Different decks may even unlock new mysteries or clues.

WORLD OF HORROR features branching stories with five playable characters to brave the chaos, each with their own story and a different perspective on the events that unfold. Unravel puzzles and mysteries through spells that sacrifice sanity. Uncover disturbing and shocking clues. Diligently search every nook and cranny, scouring for helpful items that may come in handy in another twisted encounter.

Experience the quiet horror of this love letter to the works of Junji Ito and H.P. Lovecraft. WORLD OF HORROR is free of typical jump scares, relying solely on its unnerving environments and amorphous terrors to create a gnawing sense of dread. Complimented by haunting chiptunes and a 1-bit art style with a variety of available palettes, WORLD OF HORROR presents a series of frightening and unsettling accounts that linger well after stepping away.

“I set out to create something that illustrates just how vulnerable one’s sanity can be,” said Pawel Kozminski, founder of Panstasz. “I want WORLD OF HORROR to haunt players in a way that creates an uncomfortable sense of apprehension, something that slowly builds uneasiness and anxiety through atmosphere and the uncanny.”

The game won’t release until 2019, but will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam.

– Matt S. 
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