World of Horror, a One-Bit Love Letter to Junji Ito, Enters Early Access Next Month

World of Horror, a One-Bit Love Letter to Junji Ito, Enters Early Access Next Month

This is it, this roguelike, it was made for me!

Home computers are about to get a little more haunted. Creepy one-bit roguelike World of Horror is going into Steam Early Access on Feb. 20, 2020 ahead of a full launch on Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC in late 2020.

World of Horror is a creepy roguelite-style adventure game that draws heavy inspiration from both the art style of Macintosh games and the work of famous horror manga artist Junji Ito. Its style isn't just striking, but painstakingly crafted bit by bit in Microsoft Paint.

After selecting a character and a scenario, you're dropped into a randomized reality of your own, where you'll have limited time to discover what's gone awry, where the source is, and how to deal with it.

I've played World of Horror a handful of times at various conventions over the years, dealing with haunted schools and decrepit mansions. It uses a lot of RPG elements that can grow or decay over time, as the terror sets in around you. In some cases, finding the truth ended up costing my character their mental health, and in others, I was forced to fight horrors head-on with nothing but a few pilfered weapons and hope. It's a good time!

The cosmic World of Horror will come alive on Feb. 20, just barely missing Valentine's Day. In the meantime, if you're looking for a scare, check out some other horror games that won't break the bank or check out our feature on how game devs design the sounds of scary games.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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