World of Horror is a retro RPG with card game elements. It is the debut of a one-man studio Panstasz, founded by Polish developer Pawel Kozminski. The game was published by Ysbryd Games.
World of Horrors draws on the output of two horror classics: the British writer H.P. Lovecraft and the Japanese mangaka Junji Ito. The action of the game takes place in a seaside town in Japan, where ancient powers have awakened. Inhabitants begin to fall into madness, and grotesque beings not from this world start appearing everywhere. In the atmosphere of the approaching apocalypse, the five protagonists have to face an unspeakable horror and their own secrets.
The creator describes World of Horrors as a roguelike game - a variety of roguelike that somewhat mitigates some of the genre's patterns. The game takes advantage of the solutions known from adventure games and focuses on exploring locations in search of clues that will guide the player to solve mysterious cases, such as infectious coma or unexplained disappearances.
However, there is no chance for quiet sightseeing. In every place we encounter worrying phenomena: suddenly deserted streets, doors appearing from nowhere, flooded roads, unnatural beings. These events can affect the condition, funds, or mental state of the main character, chosen from among several available characters with different statistics, such as charisma, strength, or happiness. When the hero takes action, the game can check the value of these parameters to decide if the action is successful. Furthermore, the doom factor is constantly increasing, counting down the time to awaken one of the ancient gods, and thus the end of the world (and the game itself). The only way to delay the apocalypse is to solve five mysteries, selected randomly from many available cases.
The game is based on a system of cards, representing events, objects, allies, etc. These cards can be combined so that the same scenario can be played in several ways. There is also a place for magic in the game, but its use is associated with a reduction in the number of rationality points. From time to time, we also find hostile beings, be they ghosts or even more terrifying beings, or ordinary people driven to madness by recent events. Combat takes place in a turn-based system and is based on dice throws, and both opponents and the player's character can modify their result with additional abilities.
World of Horror uses one-bit graphics, in a style reminiscent of Junji Ito's works and enabling us to choose from several available color palettes. The game is accompanied by one-bit music, emphasizing the unnatural atmosphere.
Unlike classic horrors, the game does not use jumpscare to build the atmosphere. Instead, the drastic descriptions and accompanying illustrations, clearly inspired by the work of Junji Ito and H.P. Lovecraft, are here to do the work.
Game mode: single player
Expectations: 5.7 / 10 based on 17 votes.
Age restrictions World of Horror: 18+
World of Horror System requirements
PC / Windows
- Intel Core i3
- 1 GB RAM
- graphic card Intel HD 4400 or better
- 500 MB HDD
- Windows 7