Enter a 1-bit world of bizarre and horrific goings-on in World of Horror, a card-based game inspired by the works of manga creator Junji Ito.
It’s hard to keep my composure when it comes to talking about World of Horror. It’s that feeling of realising that there’s something out there that you never knew you wanted. This is a game with a strictly black-and-white, 1-bit pixel art style, a story-heavy adventure set in 1980s Japan, card-based gameplay, and most excitingly, it’s based on the twisted, warped and disturbed works of mangaka Junji Ito. Yes, that Junji Ito.
World of Horror has now made its way to Steam Greenlight, where it’s fishing for votes to get onto Steam proper. For its Greenlight inclusion, Polish developer Panstas has also put together a trailer for the game. Fun fact: the developer uses Microsoft Paint to create the art.
World of Horror, or Kyōfu No Sekai, involves cults, cosmic old gods, and people with fascinating, yet disturbing hobbies such as stitching ribs into their chest. No really, there’s a woman in the game who does that. Panstas states that the game will resemble a collection of short stories with a looming Lovecraftian threat in the background: a trait that’s not too removed from the game’s Junji Ito inspiration.
The game’s interface and setting bears a different, equally alluring inspiration: Apple computers from the 1980s, like the early Macintosh and Apple II. Combined with the 1-bit style and highly-detailed manga imagery, they make for a feel that’s simultaneously homely and frightening. The perfect sort of stuff to settle into on a rainy, lonely night (because sleep is overrated).
World of Horror is expected to release some time in Summer this year, but you can try an alpha prototype of the game over at Itch.io. The game is under development for PC and Mac, but the developer has promised an Android version of the game too (the game was originally meant to be on Android).