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  • Summary: World to the West is an action puzzler developed by Rain Games that continues exploring the universe of Teslagrad, already started by over 1.6 million people. Play as four charactersLumina the Teslamancer, Knaus the orphan, Miss Teri the mind bender and the gloriously mustachioed strongman,World to the West is an action puzzler developed by Rain Games that continues exploring the universe of Teslagrad, already started by over 1.6 million people. Play as four charactersLumina the Teslamancer, Knaus the orphan, Miss Teri the mind bender and the gloriously mustachioed strongman, Lord Clonington, each hailing from individual nations and possessing unique identities and abilities. Explore untamed jungles, frozen tundras and the mysteries of an ancient prophecy. Be careful though. Nothing is ever what it seems. Will you join us in this journey to the West?

    Key Gameplay Features

    -Seamless transitions between combat and puzzle solving
    -Face your enemies head-on with brute force, avoid or convince them
    -A vibrant world enriched with tons of non-playable characters and a deep lore

    Platform Exclusive Features

    -Have the map display on the gamepad, and update your position in the world as you play.
    -Play the game in offscreen mode, and play it on the tablet screen exclusively.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jan 16, 2018
    83
    World to the West is a clever, bright, and very enjoyable adventure platformer with increasingly difficult challenges, unique and lovable characters, a host of great skills both from the start and to unlock, and it really is just a pleasure to get lost in the story.
  2. Jan 14, 2018
    81
    World to the West is another solid entry in the Zelda-like games that are hitting the Switch’s eShop. Its shortfalls are minor, and its upsides are great. If, like me, you long for a top-down Hyrulian adventure on the Switch, then World to the West is a great game for you. It’s out today on the Nintendo Switch, for a mere $19.99 and worth every penny for a nice 10-20 hour adventure.
  3. Apr 9, 2018
    80
    If you’re the type that allows yourself to become lost in the sense of adventure, then you really can’t go wrong with World to the West. There is some laborious puzzle design that leads to inconsistent pacing, but such moments never derail the experience enough – leaving you to become lost in the world’s charm, the witty repartee between its characters, and the story that it wants to tell.
  4. 75
    While I’m ultimately coming away from World to the West more disappointed than I expected, I admire the expanse and ambition. It’s a gorgeous game with some delightful, puzzling moments. This is still a cool game, just one with some flaws that hold it back from being exemplary.
  5. Jan 31, 2018
    70
    Though it suffers occasionally in its pacing, World to the West is a fun 3D adventure/puzzler for players of all ages.
  6. Jan 23, 2018
    70
    World to the West is a lovely little adventure title that will immediately appeal to fans of Zelda games. Its lack of difficulty and repetitive gameplay can be a bit of a dampener on the experience, but this is definitely a game you'll want to check out.
  7. Jan 15, 2018
    60
    The game developed by Rain Games is basically the same, but this time a lot of the bugs of the other versions have been fixed, and that improved the overall experience. In addition, the Switch version is definitely more fitting to the core of the gameplay, best suited to a snatch and grab experience.

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  1. Jan 26, 2018
    8
    Where World to the West succeeds the most is the way in which it's four protagonist comes together to form a team to navigate the large openWhere World to the West succeeds the most is the way in which it's four protagonist comes together to form a team to navigate the large open world, while also solving puzzles and unlocking new areas of the map. Where it falters is in the back-tracking that added hours of padding to the game which required me to go through all parts of the map 4 times to see and explore the completed world. Once you reach a totem though that character can jump to that area of the map, which makes things nice but oftentimes I found myself going totem to totem with each character a chore.

    WttW borrows heavily from other top-down adventure puzzle games like The Legend of Zelda series and that is a good thing. The homage to the Zelda series is pretty evident from the start where the story unfolds by a wise old blue lady; and the stories of the four characters are slowly peeled back as you play each of them in their respective chapters, and then slowly form alliances with the other characters as you 'bump' into each other [read, crash from above].

    The puzzles in WttW aren't particularly difficult, though they really excel when you have to use 2-4 of the characters to reach certain places and you are tasked with thinking about your characters and their move set. I would often get to a point and then realize that I needed a different character to bash, dig, or teleport to a new place and have to backtrack some to switch out characters (which can only be done at totems). This made things both interesting in that you had to think in 4 dimensions in a way, similarly to the Zelda Ages/Seasons series and how you have to think about the wand and changing the environment. Playing as different WttW characters can change how you traverse the map which leads to interesting ways of reaching points in the map and feeling victorious when you discover the right person to use, especially when you get it on the first try.

    WttW has a charming cast of characters with dialogue that reaches comedic heights as well as dramatic somber tones. When the world map gets -- redacted -- the story really comes together. That ending was really well done.

    I did notice some odd drops in framerate, mostly due to several enemies being on screen at once, or highly animated fields of flowers, waterfalls, and other scenery adding to the sluggishness, but none of those were game breaking.

    There isn't much to do in WttW after the end credits, though I have a feeling that I will be back for another play through once time allows. I highly recommend World to the West for anyone looking to get their top-down action adventure puzzle game on...this game is a nice indie gem, and not too steep in price for an eShop title. Give it a go, you won't regret it.

    (Sidenote- WttW is set in the Teslagrad universe of Rain Games previous game, but it's not required to have played that one before venturing West. While there are some shared characters, previously playing Teslagrad won't help or hinder your experience here.)
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  2. Sep 13, 2018
    5
    Game has charm and it plays smoothly other then minor frame rate drops in some areas, however I can't bring myself to recommend the game asGame has charm and it plays smoothly other then minor frame rate drops in some areas, however I can't bring myself to recommend the game as the world traversing and puzzles in the game just feel awkward to do. Expand