World of Horror (Kyoufu no Sekai) is a roguelite horror RPG developed by Polish indie developer Panstasz. It is in development for PC, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation 4, and is slated for release in 2019. A demo is available here.
The year is 198X, and the world is on the brink of collapse. The Old Gods are beginning to stir from their long slumber, and with their awakening, a small coastal town in Japan begins to fall into chaos as the sanity of its inhabitants slips and strange monsters emerge. It's The End of the World as We Know It, and there's no way to stop it. However, with some courage, tenacity, cunning, and just a bit of luck, it may be possible to hold off the end times...even if just for a little while.
World of Horror takes inspiration from H. P. Lovecraft and Japanese master of horror Junji Ito, eschewing Jump Scares for atmospheric horror, enhanced by a Retreaux aesthetic reminiscent of 1-bit adventure games, along with the grotesque design of various monsters and creatures. Players follow a branching storyline as one of a handful of characters as they attempt to solve the mysteries haunting their town, collecting items, solving puzzles, and defending themselves from the forces of darkness as they try to stave off the end of the world.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Each episode title has an alliterative scheme to go with its respective monster.
- Androcles' Lion: In one event, you encounter a dog trapped in a bear trap. If you're lucky, you manage to free it and it'll join your party.
- Animesque: Takes heavy cues from Junji Ito's manga with a semi-realistic art style to match.
- Baleful Polymorph: One curse, Inmasu, gives you gills. The caption reads "The ocean is calling."...
- Been There, Shaped History: Ithotu was responsible for the destruction of the Library of Alexandria.
- Breather Episode: The shop is run by a Shiba Inu, who doesn't seem sinister.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: In your apartment, if you look through the peephole, nothing seems to be at your door... except if you look far back enough, there seems to be someone or something standing in the shadow and you can also see the light of their eyes. Sometimes, this can lead to a Jump Scare in other times when you look through the peephole.
- The Darkness Gazes Back: In the mansion, you can encounter the Eyes in the Dark event, which shows three pairs of eyes watching you from behind a door to a dark room. The image is captioned, "You feel watched.", and you lose one Reason point.
- Evil Teacher: You can encounter the "substitute teacher", a woman with large bulging eyes and a twitching lip, who says she can be your new biology teacher and asks you to help her unpack in her new office.
- Glasgow Grin: The "Kuchisake-Onna" (the woman with the slit mouth) is one of the monsters players will need to contend with.
- Horror Hunger: The Hunger curse depicts a character with a bloody mouth and a psychotic look in their eyes. At the cost of one Charisma point, you gain one point in fighting Human enemies ("You smell nice.").
- Idol Singer: Mizuki aspires to be one.
- Jump Scare: If you look through your apartment's peephole. Sometimes, there's nothing there, but occasionally, a monster might be there looking right at the peephole.
- Just Before the End: The story is about the brink of society coming to an end as the world falls into chaos. The goal is to get your characters to survive for as long as they can... with as much sanity intact.
- Lighthouse Point: The lighthouse of the town is seen as ominous. You can choose to investigate it if you want.
- Mirror Scare: In one event, if you look at the mirror, your reflection twists your face and it shimmers while the caption also notes that this is a sign that Gozo is coming and that you have now acquired a Curse.
- Nausea Fuel: In the Itadakimasu event, you go to a local restaurant and order the catch of the day. It's sushi... except with bloody eyeballs and some sort of bug (a cockroach?! Or at least something with legs that isn't a shellfish) nigiri. You lose one Sanity point because of this.
- Nightmare Face: Numerous instances.
- Your character can have one if you meet certain conditions.
- Mizuki can encounter an enemy called the Aspiring Model, who tries to cut off your face because she likes how pretty it is. Fight back and you rip off her face, and yet she still manages to have a Glasgow Grin and she'll cry out that you ruined her face.
- The face of a Toilet Ghost (a ghost girl in the restroom) is hidden under a shadow, except for their eyes, which go vertically on the side of her face instead of where her eyes should be.
- Red Cape's face looks like a mask, which he can remove... revealing that it really is his face, leaving a giant hole where his face should be.
- Oculothorax: Ath-Yolazsth the Demented Towering Eye, an Old God that is a giant eyeball in space. As it gains more followers, it gets more and more closer to Earth...
- Retraux: The game looks like it came straight out of the Macintosh adventure game library.
- Searching the Stalls: In a school restroom, one of the bathroom stall doors may mysteriously open. You can choose to investigate it or run. If you investigate it, there may be a ghost girl.
- One of the monsters is Uzumaki, the Eternal Spiral.
- The town's ominous lighthouse may also be a reference to Uzumaki.
- Atlach-Nacha, the Spider God, is a Lovecraft monster.
- If you work at the City Docks and fail the strength check, the text notes that you find the stench of the fish unbearable, which may be a reference to Gyo.
- The shop stand is run by a Shiba Inu, referencing a tourist attraction in Tokyo with the same thing.
- Self-Harm: If your character starts to lose it, they may do this.
- In one example, they may jam a glass shard in their eye. As a result, your character's Reason will go down, but their Perception may increase because supernatural reasons.
- The "paranoid" card displays the person chewing their nails hard enough that their nails are bleeding.
- Take That!: In one event, you can meet a horror mangaka who is struggling to come up with a satisfying ending to his story. If you have enough experience points, you'll tell him of your horrifying experiences and he'll pay you while also noting that his story might be a huge hit now. If you let him be, he decides to have the ending be All Just a Dream and he'll be sure that his story will be a bestseller while you roll your eyes and leave.
- Toilet Horror: You can encounter ghost girls in the restroom stalls.