Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
Stream On
  1. Aug 28, 2012
    Yes, the price tag is rather astronomical when compared to bargain-bin, $0.99 titles but there's a reason for that. The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is not a game built for five-minute diversions; it's a solid game, one meant to leave a permanent impression.
  2. Aug 28, 2012
    The World Ends With You is a stellar RPG regardless of platform, and we're glad it made its way to iOS.
  3. Aug 27, 2012
    A love-letter to Japanese youth culture and a staggeringly deep RPG with style in abundance. It's an iOS must have. The high price might give you pause, but do your best to let it slide and enjoy this one; it's unique & very special.
  4. Games Master UK
    Oct 24, 2012
    A fantastic excuse to jump back into a truly great game. [Dec 2012, p.92]
  5. Sep 3, 2012
    Full of variety, truly innovative, and uncompromisingly willing to mix things up, The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is a game every iOS RPG fan should have, and one every fan of the series should have all over again.
  6. Aug 31, 2012
    The iOS conversion is pretty good, even despite the screen restrictions, and it's all forgiven when you're wrapped up in the storyline so much. It's an expensive purchase but one that will offer you dozens of hours of memorable gameplay.
  7. Aug 28, 2012
    The game itself is fantastic - it has a rich story with several big surprises, fun gameplay, and plenty of content.
  8. Sep 25, 2012
    Is it possible to tell a deep, touching story about a bunch of emo teens? Yes, and the 30-hour campaign of The World Ends with You is the proof.
  9. Sep 15, 2012
    Some of the choices made in both the presentation and the design of the port are questionable and show some of Square Enix's disconcerting business ethics, but as a game, TWEWY is still very enjoyable and arguably a worthy purchase.
  10. Sep 4, 2012
    The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is a massive game for iOS, and it gets a gorgeous visual upgrade over the DS original. However, it's hard not to feel that it's priced too high for the iOS market, especially for a non-universal app.
  11. Sep 2, 2012
    This is among the finest RPGs available on the platform.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 57
  2. Negative: 19 out of 57
  1. May 16, 2016
    The World Ends With You is one of the best games I ever played. It counts with a solid gameplay, based on taps, swipes, drawing circles, etc.,The World Ends With You is one of the best games I ever played. It counts with a solid gameplay, based on taps, swipes, drawing circles, etc., a very interesting story, good characters, all of that to make a great-to-play game! The Nintendo DS version was developed for two-screens gameplay, so the developers had to make a way to convert it to a single screen, and they've done it perfectly! For the veterans, it may look even more easier, but is one of the attractives of the game: to gain new players. If you don't have played the DS version, now is your chance to experience this great game! Full Review »
  2. Dec 2, 2016
    The World Ends With You is a phenomenal game, both on DS and Smartphones. The smartphone version, however, is far superior to the DS versionThe World Ends With You is a phenomenal game, both on DS and Smartphones. The smartphone version, however, is far superior to the DS version in almost all aspects.
    The rerelease of the game features many improvements from the original release. The graphics and music receive a much appreciated step up from the DS version, taking advantage of the higher specifications of most devices. The graphics are a huge improvement, with the tiny sprites from the DS being redrawn in HD. This includes backgrounds and pins, which look beautiful in HD. The music and sound effects have also had a drastic increase in quality, and this version even includes some songs not available in the DS version.
    The gameplay, however, is often considered inferior to the DS version. Unlike the DS version, TWEWY (SR) has you control only one character, removing the unique feature that the DS game had. This is a common complaint about this rerelease, however, it is not necessarily a bad thing. The new combat system is a lot more accessible for new players, and the much larger screen than the DS is great for this 1-character system.

    The story in The World Ends With You is my favourite part of the game. In TWEWY, you are dead, and you must compete in a series of trials to prove that you’re worthy of a second chance. These trials take place over the course of a week, with the main character, Neku, participating in three of them. It sounds simple, but over the course of the game, you start appreciating the messages the game tries to put across, and the different characters with a large amount of depth. TWEWY has my favourite story in any video game of all time.

    The gameplay in TWEWY is very simple. The general idea is that you swipe the screen in different patterns, in order to activate the ‘pins’ that you have collected. This, again, sounds very simple, but with hundreds of combinations available, the game can have some real depth. The game also has a level-up system, which increases your hit point total. In the game, there are a number of methods of affecting item drops, and item drop rates. One of the most interesting of these is the ability to lower your level, which decreases health, but increases the drop rate by 1* for each level you sacrifice. This awards players who do a good job at avoiding damage. Another system this game uses is a difficulty system. Over the course of the game, you unlock different difficulties, which are as follows; Easy, Normal, Hard, and Very Hard. Depending on the difficulty you select, enemies will drop different pins. This also changes the attack and health of the enemies; so higher difficulty levels will reward you with rare pins. This also makes the game very accessible for more casual players.

    The sound in TWEWY is also amazing. The game features a number of different tracks, most of them with lyrics. These songs are incredibly catchy, and play during battles, cutscenes, and in the overworld. Some of these songs are in Japanese, and some in English. Some even have different language versions, but still play in the English version. This adds even more songs to the soundtrack. TWEWY has my favourite music in any video game ever.
    As for replay value, TWEWY does not disappoint. The game features a ‘chapter select’ screen after defeating the final boss. This chapter screen also provides missions for you to complete, each one awarding you with an item and a bit of lore. These are very fun to complete, most of the time, and add a lot to the game. The game also features an additional day, which depicts all of the characters in the story in an alternate universe. This chapter is a light-hearted take on the game, and provides a refreshing change from the main story.

    Overall, TWEWY is one of my favourite games of all time. The graphics are unique and beautiful, the music is perfect, and there’s a ton of depth in the story and gameplay.
    Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2013
    Although I had never played the DS version of TWEWY, I decided to hop on board after the release of the Solo Remix edition. If you are afraidAlthough I had never played the DS version of TWEWY, I decided to hop on board after the release of the Solo Remix edition. If you are afraid that TWEWY:Solo Remix will be inferior to the DS version, fret not, as it is a perfectly streamlined experience that works incredibly well. Quite frankly it is debatable that the Solo Remix edition is superior, having fantastic new HD graphics and superb controls. If you have never played TWEWY before, and are at all a fan of anime or Action RPG's, you should buy this game. The $13 price point may seem high for an iOS game, but in the grand scheme of things this is reasonably cheap. The game will last you a good 30 hours, getting you more than your moneys worth for a game that still costs $20 to buy on the DS. The story of this game is captivating and fantastic. It is incredibly unique, I have never seen anything like it. It is all a huge mystery that slowly unravels, and comes to a supremely satisfying conclusion. You will find yourself hungry for more after you have completed the main storyline. The gameplay is just as superb. Controls are fantastic, the best of any iOS ported game I have ever played. The only complaint I have about combat are the huge difficulty spikes. There are 3 difficulty levels that you can change on the fly, easy, medium, and hard. While I could easily get through standard enemies on hard mode, boss battles were insane, to the point where I would die within seconds of the fight starting. Luckily they have a feature that lets you retry the same fight on easy mode, but then the sense of challenge is gone. If you die once against a boss, just start it up on easy mode and it practically beats itself. There is also a surprisingly little amount of gear enhancement a game with such heavy RPG influence. Although some gear is better than others, you will find that you can barely equip anything due to a strange stat requirement that makes so even once you have beaten the game you still cannot equip that t-shirt you got 5 hours into the game. Even once you can equip better gear, you realize how fruitless it is, as simply wearing all of the same brand of gear, regardless of how good it is, will essentially provide you with double damage. Overall though, these flaws are easy to overlook as the game is full of exciting content and a great story that you will remember for weeks after you have seen the final screen. Full Review »