The world of Horror, a 1-bit tribute to the horror works of Lovecraft and the Japanese manga, is one of the PC games you absolutely need to keep your eye on. “The old gods have awakened again, claws their way back into a world that grows into a mysterious madness,” reads a description of the world of Horror’s story posted on the Game Steam page. “In a small, seaside town in Japan, the conscience of the population is dwindling and the otherworldly, bizarre creatures terrorize those who call the place home. In the world of terror, it is the end of the world, and The only solution is to face the reign of terror at the doom.
There is a lot to understand about this fairly ambitious game. Still, the basic idea seems to be that the world of Horror plays you as five different characters navigating a choice-filled adventure split into branches. Needed. Along the way, you will take part in storey sequences that will require you to use a deck of event cards that will help determine the outcome of some story segments. Using different cards in some situations can lead to different results. The structure reminds us of a more open, adventure-like version of Shikhar Murder.
Of course, the initial draw of this experience is the game’s 1-bit visuals and interface. Much like the fantastic comeback of Obra Dinn, the world of Horror sounds and looks like something that could have been released in the early days of PC gaming. There has always been a nostalgic appeal to that style, and we can certainly see how it can be used to create an atmosphere of fear and confusion.
Put it all together, and you’ve got a fascinating horror game that looks to break the modern mould by giving unique scares inspired by some masters of the genre. We are interested to see what tastes like this cocktail of ideas, but we are fascinated by everything that is going into it.
The World of Horror is expected to begin via Steam Early Access on 20 February.
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