The Wonderful End of the World

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The Wonderful End of the World on Steam (demo available)

MSRP: $9.99

Platform: Windows

Release: 1/25/08


This game is beyond weird in a kind of charming way.  You have one purpose in life: to collect things that are smaller than you so that you can grow and collect more things that are smaller than your now bigger self.  Seriously. That’s the game.

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There are twelve levels with different obstacles & objects to collect. You only get one to start out with, and when you receive a good enough score, another map opens up, or you can keep replaying a single map to try to maximize your score. There are also three modes – timed, timeless and exploration.  I’m not exactly sure what the difference is between the two untimed modes since I haven’t played enough to unlock them.

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The graphics are fun and witty (I was especially fond of the blocks level seen above), and the music is decent as well.  However, the control feels somewhat less precise than a game like this would seem to need – I often felt like I was walking directly over something and was unable to absorb it.  I also had difficulty discerning if some objects were part of the background and therefore unable to pick up, or if I was just missing the hotspot.

All in all, I’m not sure that this is a $10 game, despite the fact that it feels VERY different from most PC games. However, if you can find it at a discount, it’s absolutely worth picking up for the joy of a single play through.  There is a free demo available to allow you to see if it’s something you’d fall in love with.

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