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  • Summary: Renowned game writers Kotaro Uchikoshi and Kazutaka Kodaka return with a brand-new game that’s easy to dive into and full of twists and turns. This charming and vivid story of friendship and mystery will captivate new and experienced players alike. The “Go-Getters Club,” a group of misfitRenowned game writers Kotaro Uchikoshi and Kazutaka Kodaka return with a brand-new game that’s easy to dive into and full of twists and turns. This charming and vivid story of friendship and mystery will captivate new and experienced players alike. The “Go-Getters Club,” a group of misfit students from all over Japan, find themselves trapped in a strange theme park during a class trip. In order to unravel the mystery of their circumstances and find an escape, they must take part in a “Game of Fate” that will test their bonds of friendship! With colorful visuals, charming characters, accessible gameplay, and a compelling story, this is an experience you will never forget. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Jul 26, 2021
    80
    World’s End Club feels a lot like the child of extremely talented parents. Where the Zero Escape and Danganronpa series aggressively delivered their respective themes and elements that hooked players, World’s End Club inherited their genes but not their experience. The framework is there and shines as strongly as ever, but if you’ve already played its predecessors, it feels less like an equal and more like both franchises dialed down in volume. There’s an exact audience for World’s End Club: teenagers who want to experience what Zero Escape and Danganronpa have to offer but aren’t ready for heavy technical reading or the mental anguish of executing classmates. It’s good, it’s sweet, but it’s immature. And honestly? That’s just fine.
  2. May 28, 2021
    70
    A new storytelling adventure in a fantastic world with memorables characters, in the iconic and wonderful japanese setting.
  3. Jun 29, 2021
    70
    World’s End Club is an enjoyable romp from the creators of Danganronpa and Zero Escape, even if its promises of a wild departure from previous franchise tropes comes up short.
  4. Jul 21, 2021
    65
    World’s End Club is an excellent story with some abysmal platforming tying it together. While story sections greatly outnumber gameplay sections, these stand out as a sore spot that may put off some players.
  5. Jul 23, 2021
    60
    World's End Club on Nintendo Switch has great character designs, excellent music, and an interesting premise, but it is let down by awful platforming and technical issues.
  6. Jun 20, 2021
    60
    I don’t regret the time I put into this game. A lot of it was predictable but entertaining nonetheless. If the puzzle levels were just a little more balanced. Perhaps a tad shorter and with better riddles to solve, maybe tightened up those issues I mentioned, I’d feel more comfortable recommending this. So much attention went into the overall storytelling. And I don’t mind the predictable parts when the journey makes up for it. World’s End Club fell just a little short of being a really solid experience for me, however I am still excited to see what Too Kyo Games does next.
  7. 40
    World’s End Club wanted to be like Danganronpa or Zero Escape, but it doesn’t measure up to either. This game has a pretty cool story sandwiched between aggressively average platforming segments that wouldn’t stand up to snuff ten years ago. It has a cool art direction and likeable characters, but the writing itself is not masterful enough to make the unconvincing plot twists work, nor to make up for the boring and repetitive gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Jun 1, 2021
    10
    I was not sure what to expect going into this game, but I thought the demo was fun so I gave it a go. This game is advertised as a platformer,I was not sure what to expect going into this game, but I thought the demo was fun so I gave it a go. This game is advertised as a platformer, but it's more of a visual novel. The game took me over 15 hours, and about three quarters of it was cutscenes. Fortunately the story was extremely well crafted and engaging. The direction the story goes in kept surprising me, and while some of the twists are predictable, the execution makes it feel rewarding. I was constantly asking questions and wondering where the story would go next, and pretty much everything got answered in the end, which shows how well thought out the story was. The story is a little dark, but it has some humor to balance it out, and has a pretty good balance in tone. While there are a lot of characters, pretty much every character gets their moment to shine, and none of them were annoying. I found myself getting attached to them and getting to know their personalities pretty quickly. Overall I have no complaints with the story. It is full of twists, turns, laughs, and even made me tear up more than once. What makes it even better is the superb voice acting, which especially shines during the more dramatic moments. Nearly every line is voice acted, and honestly I don't think I could stomach 15 hours of reading. If there was little to no voice acting, the game would get a significantly lower score, probably only an 8/10. Pretty much everything about the presentation is phenominal. The music is absolutely amazing, it's up there as one of the best I've heard in any game. The graphics are pretty standard for a Switch game, which is not in any way a bad thing, but the overall style is really appealing. The price is also fair, $40 for a 15-20 hour game is the perfect price, and the inclusion of an art book and ost sampler in the physical version is a nice treat, even if it's an extra $10. Now let's talk about the gameplay. This is where I can see some people taking issue with the game, but I wasn't bothered by it. The platforming segments only takes up a few hours of gameplay. While it is a bit slow, the level design has some pretty clever puzzle elements, and there is a lot of variety. One issue I have is that the game likes to spell out what you need to do before even giving you time to figure it out, which was annoying because it took away some of the satisfaction. It doesn't completely ruin it for me, and the boss fights are pretty fun too, especially the final boss. Overall this game has some flaws but when it's good it's absolutely amazing. This was my first visual novel, and I might try getting into some other ones now that this one left such a great first impression. I hope other ones are as creative as this one. If you value story in a game as much or more than the gameplay, then this is the perfect game for you. So far this is my favorite original game of 2021, and I hope it stays that way (Miitopia and Void Terrarium ++ are both ports so they don't really count). I really hope we get more games like this in the future, or maybe even a TV adaptation, that would be pretty much perfect.
    Graphics: 8/10 Music: 10/10 Sound Effects: 10/10 Content: 8/10 Controls: 7/10
    Fun: 9/10 Characters: 10/10 Gameplay: 8/10 Story: 20/20
    TOTAL: 90/100 (MUST PLAY!)
    I usually have 10 areas worth 10 points each, but I had to give the story the credit it deserves. The game is nothing without the amazing story.
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  2. Jun 3, 2021
    9
    De momento me esta pareciendo una gran visual novel donde el apartado artístico y una buena historia se fusionan para darle al producto unDe momento me esta pareciendo una gran visual novel donde el apartado artístico y una buena historia se fusionan para darle al producto un toque casi perfecto. Una lastima que su jugabilidad sea algo tosca y simple aunque los puzles están muy bien. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2021
    9
    I'm a big fan of the Danganronpa and Zero Escape series.
    World's End Club also has a great story. You can definitely tell that the game was
    I'm a big fan of the Danganronpa and Zero Escape series.
    World's End Club also has a great story. You can definitely tell that the game was written by Kodaka and Uchikoshi.

    There are several plot twists, much of which can be anticipated to some extent. It's very heartwarming. The characters are very good written. I liked them!
    I'm not a big fan of this platforming passages. However, they were perfectly fine for a bit of variety.

    I don't know what age group the game is supposed to be for, though. It has PEGI 16 and USK (German rating 12). From the top, though, the game seems written for younger people. Very strange.
    The german translation wasn't good.

    I warmed up to the artstyle over time. Was definitely unique, but there I still prefer the drawings of Rui Komatsuzaki. After the game, I'm definitely looking forward to Tribe Nine!
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  4. Jun 8, 2021
    7
    I had a great time with The World's End Club despite its gameplay issues. Being a huge fan of the Danganronpa series is what got me interestedI had a great time with The World's End Club despite its gameplay issues. Being a huge fan of the Danganronpa series is what got me interested in WEC but I knew to temper my expectations that this game was going to be another Danganronpa (and so should you). Of course, that is not to say that there aren't shades of Danganronpa in WEC specifically in the unique character personalities as well as the twists and turns of the story. Notably, the story and characters are what really drew me into WEC. The story is more lighthearted than Danganronpa but that doesn't mean its less interesting. The game has a branching path narrative and you will have to experience all paths in order to get the true ending. Normally, this would frustrate me but WEC is a short enough experience and the story was intriguing and enjoyable enough for me to want to see all of it. Of course what helps to fuel the story is the assortment of unique personalities that makes up the Go-Getters Club. Each of them gets their moment to shine in the story although it is noticeable that some get more time than others.

    Now the real trouble with WEC is with its gameplay. The gameplay is mostly guiding each of the characters through levels by platforming and using the different abilities of each character to solve puzzles and get past obstacles. The platforming is a bit of a joke. It is one of those games where your character feels like they weigh 300+ pounds so when you tell them to jump it is sluggish. Also the puzzles are pretty simplistic which is not a huge complaint for me personally but it might be an issue for others.

    Finally, the game looks and plays good on the Switch. I played the entire game docked and only had minor framerate issues. As for visuals, the art style is great. My husband said the characters reminded him of Pokémon characters which I can see.

    All and all, I recommend WEC. It has a fun story and interesting characters despite the dated and lackluster gameplay.
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  5. May 31, 2021
    6
    WEC is fun for what it is, but it stops at that. The parts of the game from the demo were the best and most interesting, while the contentWEC is fun for what it is, but it stops at that. The parts of the game from the demo were the best and most interesting, while the content saved for the final release falls flat emotionally and narratively. Gameplay is pretty bad, and while it's serviceable, it makes it hard for me to recommend anyone play the game instead of just watching the cutscenes. It also is overshadowed, story and gameplay wise, by the games that, not only has the team made prior, but the games that it was obviously inspired by. The saving grace of the game is the characters, who are all very charming and fun to watch interact with each other. Overall, I did enjoy some of my time with it, but it left me thinking I would have rather gone back and played other games. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2021
    5
    A unique story that doesnt execute itself well, janky and often frustrating platforming, along with plain and cliche'd characters andA unique story that doesnt execute itself well, janky and often frustrating platforming, along with plain and cliche'd characters and dialogue, the game very often feels like it couldn't pin down what demographic it was aiming for. Elements of the premise means i wouldn't give it to children, but the overly trope-filled dialogue means i wouldnt give it to anyone else. There were some unique and interesting ideas here that i would have loved to see fleshed out, but poor execution prevents me from rating it any higher. Expand
  7. Oct 19, 2021
    1
    This game wasn't too thrilling. For one, the story was a very haphazard one. It was hard to follow and not very in depth. It was also veryThis game wasn't too thrilling. For one, the story was a very haphazard one. It was hard to follow and not very in depth. It was also very lackluster and not all that immersive. Another issue with this game is its clunky platforming. I found it very frustrating at times and awkward at certain points. All in all it feels very unpolished. Expand

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