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  • Summary: You can't save the whole world. It's going to be eaten by a mythological demon with the head of a fish. But as a puppet that absorbs all it touches, you can try to rescue as much of Earth's greatness as you can before the end arrives. In the beginning, you roam the Earth, capable of absorbing only the tiniest of objects. A glass marble you collect becomes your head, and a pair of jellybeans becomes your hands. Small creatures overwhelm you, with rats kicking you around and golden retrievers threatening to stomp you to pieces. But with every object you collect, your puppet self grows larger. Eventually, you'll become a towering behemoth with fire engines for arms and the ability to absorb entire buildings. The Wonderful End of the World takes you through 12 unique locations, with over a thousand treasures to gather before the end comes. Steal some sweets from the candy store, where gummi fish swim in a blueberry river; visit a surrealist library to find that the words have literally leapt out of their books; and explore the Megalopolis, where you'll watch a lively end-of-the-world parade and then gobble it up before making your way to grab the tallest skyscraper ever built. [Dejobaan Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. The Wonderful End of the World has everything going for it. It's a fun game with a distinctive look and a fun soundtrack. It's a bit short, but the levels are replayable as you try to unlock the bonus level or try for perfect A+ grades across the board.
  2. Fun. There's nothing else like it available on PC, either. [Apr 2008, p.86]
  3. A shameless rip-off, but still a wonderful, wonderful end to a busy day - if only for that chripy title music. [Apr 2008, p.114]
  4. While it's derivative of Katamari, that style of gaming hasn't exactly been beaten to death, and rolling around the map with a keyboard and mouse feels better than you might expect.
  5. What TWEW lacks in elegance and originality, it makes up for with flashes of imagination and brilliance that have been lacking in the inspirational franchise. [Oct 2008, p.63]
  6. Jan 19, 2011
    With its familiar but poorly implemented game mechanics, The Wonderful End of the World comes across as trying to be a PC take on the Katamari series. But for the USD$9.99 price tag, you're better off saving the money for something else.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jan 2, 2012
    i love the game. esse jogo é ótimo, um jogo diferente, baixe a demo antes de comprar para não fazer quenem esses 4 retardados que negativaram o jogo Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2013
    The level design is very rich in details, while the graphics are simplistic. Most levels will have you start in a certain area, that gives you an idea, where you are. As you grow, your perception shifts and you realise that you are somewhere completely different. I do not remember being annoyed with the controls or the music, which is a good indicator that they are both fine.

    What did surprise me a little was the size of the game I finished the game and all of its achievements in five hours. It has some replay value, particularly because of scores, but it did not make me want to play it again in the last eight months.
  3. Apr 24, 2011
    Shameless Katamari Clone, and considering how long it's been since a proper Katamari game, that isn't a bad thing. While not quite as good as the original, it manages to pay homage to everything zany about Katamari. Expand
  4. Jun 13, 2012
    I did enjoy this game for the small amount of time it lasted. Completed all the levels in 1 hour. Completed all achievements for the game in under 3 hours. I mainly enjoyed this game because it is a Katamari clone. It's easier to control, which makes the game a bit easier as well. There are only 10 levels in the game and most of them are very easy. The level design and clipping are quite bad in this game; i'd often find myself running over object but not have them get picked up. I'd also sometimes find myself pushed outside of the level by mysterious objects which left me to have to restart. You can also easily get stuck in the small, confined areas of the game. The music was also pretty good for the game. Overall it was an enjoyable game, but nowhere near as good as Katamari is. Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2013
    Well Dejobaan Games have created yet another truly absurd title to add to their game releases. I must admit I did have a little fun with this. Its premise is simple; eat things that are smaller than you to gradually grow in size… Yeah, it’s casual simple fun! I got about an hour’s enjoyment from this title because there aren't that many levels and it’s just more of the same thing over and over again! Would I purchase this for £5.99 absolutely not, it doesn't provide anywhere near enough value for that; but picking it up in the sales for a couple of quid to pass a rainy afternoon will certainly not feel like a waste of money! Expand
  6. Dec 16, 2011
    TWEotW is a fun Katamari Damacy clone, but it suffers from two major things that drop my score down to a 5. First off, the game is super short. I managed to 100% the game twice (I had to do it again when the bladder achievement got added) in about 5 hours. There's only a few levels, you don't have much time on them, and aside from Cafe Internet you can A+ them all on your first or second attempt.
    The second major issue is that the collision and map design for this... are pretty awful at times. The previously mentioned Cafe Internet is a good example, as one quick glance on youtube or the steam forums will show that this level will make you rage harder than anything Katamari Damacy ever did, and not even by intent. It's so easy to get literally stuck in this due to horrible collision, cramped level design, and many things bouncing you across the level as though you were a pinball. Were it not for the awful collision related bugs, you could probably beat the game and get every single achievement in about an hour.

    Would I recommend this? Only if you're a diehard Katamari Damacy fan, or if you're a normal Katamari Damacy fan and there's a big sale going on (I'd say this is worth $1.)
    Still, it's an awesome idea and I'd love to see Dejobaan expand this into a full game, though given the negative reception this has been given, and judging by their responses to said reception, I doubt that'll ever happen. It's a shame, we PC gamers need a good Katamari knockoff, at least until some magical day when we can play Katamari Damacy on our PCs without having to rely on PS2 emulation.
  7. Jun 2, 2011
    Absolutely shameless (and shameful) rip-off of the Katamari games, without the humour, wit and charm. The game is also way too short. What a disgrace. Expand

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