Puzzle Combat Galore with The World Next Door at PAX West

One of the nice surprises at PAX West was to see a game from VIZ Media and Rose City Games called The World Next Door. The game has a simple enough premise that's kinda fun. Every so often, specific portals open up and people can visit between worlds. One that's very much like earth and another where monster-like creatures are the norm. Both sides can cross over and visit each other at certain times of the year. However, after an incident in one of the caves, a human is trapped in the other world while wearing a mask to conceal her identity. Now she must find a way back, which involves using a lot of magic and a katana you found.

Puzzle Combat Galore with The World Next Door at PAX West
credit//VIZ Media

To cast magic, special colored runes appear on the ground and you have to move around like a puzzle game to collect the abilities you need and cast spells. They found a very clever way to mix in puzzle playing, action sequences, and RPG elements into a single game that doesn't feel like anything else. The company has yet to give a release date for The World Next Door, but we're guessing based on the demo, if it isn't ready to go in the winter we won't see it until Spring 2019.

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