An addictive mix of lightning-fast puzzle battles, powerful storytelling and immersive visual novel elements, The World Next Door follows Jun, a rebellious teen girl trapped in a parallel realm inhabited by magical creatures, who must find her way home before time runs out.
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Mostly Positive (29) - 75% of the 29 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 28, 2019

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March 30

First 48 Hours Update - Feedback and Improvements

Good morning!

First off, a huge thank you to everyone who picked up the game in the first 48 hours, and for all the amazing folks streaming the game this week! We’re ecstatic to see so many people enjoying The World Next Door and sharing it with others.

We’re keeping a close eye on Twitch, Steam forums, and emails coming our way for feedback on how to improve the game. For example, yesterday we pushed a patch to fix a side quest bug on Steam (that’s good!) and for a bit there, the game had no audio (that’s bad!) Luckily, we learned about it right away from a Twitch stream, and we were able to fix it quickly.

We’ve received other notes, and wanted to run through some of the other fixes we’re currently working on:

  • Casting and tethering precision needs tightening up. We’re aware this is causing frustration during battles, and we’ll be addressing it in our next patch.
  • Camellia identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. There is copy in one of the side quest descriptions which refers to them as “her” - this is a mistake that wasn’t corrected while our team was developing their character, and I regret not catching it. We’ve updated the script, and this will be resolved in our next patch.
  • Some players are reporting issues playing the game using certain controllers. We tested as much as we could with Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, and Steam controllers - if inputs aren’t working for you, please let us know what your setup looks like!
  • Starting the game using keyboard controls needs to be more intuitive and consistant. We’ll be updating our UI and how inputs work in certain scenes to improve the game for playing without a controller.
  • There is an interaction icon that pops up over a trash can in the quad on certain days… this is leftover from content that we cut from the game, so you’re not missing anything there!
  • It’s possible to fail a side quest late in the game if you respond to the characters involved in a very specific way. We’ve fixed the issue and will have this updated in the next patch.
  • There’s a minor typo during Rainy’s side quest. It’s not the wost, though.

Being a small team, the best way for us to continue to improve the game right now is from your comments and emails - so please keep reaching out in Steam discussions!

Have a great weekend!

- Corey
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March 29

Patch Notes for ver. 1.1.5

Hey everyone, thanks for checking out the game on day 1! We just pushed a small update to address a couple of things. To make sure you have the latest version, look on the title screen in the bottom left corner, and you should see "v1.1.5"

  • An issue where runes weren't populated in one of the sides quests (no spoilers!) has been resolved.
  • A typo was corrected in the first Texting Hours scene (talk about embarrassing, right?)

We're also looking into improving keyboard controls and the areas where tethering and casting runes can sometimes be sticky.

If you're enjoying the game, please consider leaving a review on Steam! We're a small studio, and this is our first release so it really helps us out!


- Corey
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“It seems to capture the spirit that VIZ is so synonymous with, while combining distinct genres in unique ways.”
Game Informer

“…it will fill the match-3 shaped hole in my heart...”

“...fantasy anime meets Tetris...something endearingly unexpected…””

About This Game

Inspired by the emotional storytelling and thrilling action of anime and indie gaming, The World Next Door follows Jun, a rebellious teen who finds herself far from home in the magical and mysterious world of Emrys. As she encounters a colorful cast of otherworldly creatures, Jun must learn to rely on her new friends to get back to Earth before time runs out.

In The World Next Door, players will find an addictive mix of immersive visual novel elements, powerful storytelling and lightning-fast puzzle battles. Learn for yourself why The World Next Door was nominated for the 2019 SXSW Gamer’s Voice Award, selected for the 2019 Indie Mega Booth PAX East Showcase and awarded numerous accolades/nominations for Best Action-Adventure Game.

  • Journey into Emrys, a magical world brought to life with anime-inspired characters designed by Lord Gris
  • Play as Jun, an adventurous teenager, who must use magical runes and the help of her friends to defeat opponents and find a way home
  • Cast spells by activating magical runes in fast-paced, real-time combat that mixes the fun of puzzle-combos with action gameplay
  • Immerse yourself in a supernatural story with branching dialogue and reputation systems that affect your relationships with characters in the game
  • Focus on the story while still enjoying the gameplay using Assist Mode

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel H81 core i3 4130T 2.90GHZ (dual core)
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4400
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • OS: Sierra
    • Processor: i5
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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