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 (15) - 73% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (47) - 76% of the 47 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 28, 2019

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June 4

Flash Sale + New Game Announcement

We’ve had a couple of incredible contests and giveaways to keep us busy these past few weeks (like our Tag-A-Friend giveaway, the Design-A-Mask contest, and our Fan Art Contest), but we’ve been pretty quiet about what’s next for the Rose City Games now that The World Next Door is out…

…because we’ve already been hard at work preparing a new game for you to enjoy!

Before we get ahead of ourselves, we want to make sure you know we’re holding a flash sale for The World Next Door to celebrate the announcement of our newest project. If you haven’t traveled through the portal to Emrys, now’s your chance!

You’ve got 48 hours (June 4th and 5th) to grab a copy of The World Next Door at 33% off on Steam and Nintendo Switch. And remember: The World Next Door also comes with a local 2-player Versus Mode where you can challenge your friends to battles in the shrines!


And now for the big news. We’re so excited to be able to share with you the next title from VIZ Media and Rose City Games. It’s spooky. It’s cute. It’s a feline-flinging frenzy: it’s Cat Lady!

You can watch the teaser now on @CatLadyGame on Twitter and Instagram, and we’ll be showing off Cat Lady at The MIX E3, so if you’re headed that way, you’ll be one of the first to see the game in action. We’ll also be keeping you posted with updates on the progress on the Cat Lady official Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook channels, so follow us there for all the latest mews. And yes: I will absolutely use this as an excuse to learn (and utilize) every cat pun in existence.

Talk soon 😻

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May 15

Versus Mode Is Now Available!

This free content update lets you pick your favorite Emryn and battle against your friends in the shrines! (v.1.2.0)

  • 1v1 local multiplayer puzzle battles
  • 8 playable characters (complete quests in Story Mode to unlock)
  • 16 unique levels across 4 shrines (complete shrines in Story Mode to unlock)

Please note that 2 controllers are required for this mode, and players with a new save file may need to replay certain parts of Story Mode to unlock new content in Versus Mode. We realize this could be frustrating to players who have already completed the game, so you also have the option of using the following cheat code to unlock everything in Versus Mode! In the title screen, input [LEFT][LEFT][RIGHT][RIGHT][DOWN][DOWN][UP][UP][LEFT][RIGHT] and you’ll get a notification that new content has been unlocked.

More bug fixes and quality of life updates include:

  • Adjustments to casting and tethering hit-boxes for better spell-casting feel
  • Improvements for keyboard controls including new UI icons
  • Fixed issues caused by connecting/disconnecting controllers while app is running on PC and Mac
  • Added Dash to R bumper for additional controller support
  • No longer possible to fail a certain side quest because of certain dialogue choices
  • Nerfed Liza’s Homing Void special ability
  • Added option to hide the bounding box that highlights matching runes
  • Added option to cap game at 60fps for PC and Mac
  • Fixed a few spots where it was possible to soft lock progression
  • The mysterious trash can interaction has been removed
  • We found a couple more typos… oops!
  • Added titles to the epilogue images in the credits

Thanks to everyone for your feedback, and for your patience! We’ll be keeping an eye on Steam discussions, Twitter, and our feedback forms for any other issues that pop up with the new update.

- Corey
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“More like this, please.”

““an adventure full of colorful characters, difficult decisions and a masterfully crafted magic-matching combat system.””
Indie Hangover

“...The World Next Door doesn’t need to be as cool as it is, with it’s impossibly hip Monster Prom meets Hotline Miami character designs and evil-cute aesthetic. And yet, here we are.”

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
  • Challenge your friends in the lightning-fast Versus 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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