Go on a beautifully-lit adventure in The World Begins With You

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The World Begins With You does two things well: mystery and sunbeams. I’m a fan of both, so enjoyed my half an hour with this little platforming adventure. It Begins With You waking up inside a ruined temple as a small boy with a glowing light sticking out of your skull, and an ominous warning that you’ve slept for too long.

I love a good techno-ruin, and the ethereal lights that are dotted around that starting temple and beyond remind me of how effective (non-PC game alert) Horizon Zero Dawn was at creating similar environments. Combined with the mirroring of that electric doodad in the player character’s head, it’s not a stretch to point to that game as a direct inspiration for this one. Just yunno, with less robot dinosaurs and more jumping about on rocks.

That platforming can be a bit fiddly, owing to the way the camera floats around at a distance and changes its angle as you move. That’s both a weakness and a strength – I’d say it’s how the camera frames each section that actually makes the game worth checking out. It’s got a knack for highlighting those sunbeams in just the right way.

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There are some other frustrations I should mention. There’s a maze bit early on that relies on a little too much running around and trial and error for my liking, though there’s a much shorter and more interesting one later on. There’s also an underwater boat section that is again lit beautifully, but moves tortuously slowly and has multiple points that send you back to the start if you can’t figure out what to do in time. In fact, I’m just gonna tell you how to get past it to spare you the ordeal I went through:

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For the first turret, you can either go behind the raised bit on the boat or crouch behind the crates. Go the other side of the crates for the next turret, then hide under the table to avoid the last one.

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Oh, and it’s got a lovely soundtrack that reminds me of Endless Space.

The The World Begins With You was made by Fabian Denter for last December’s Wizard Jam 6, and you can download it for free on Itch.io.

6 Comments

  1. cpt_freakout says:

    Looks very, very pretty. I’ll hopefully get around to playing it soon!

  2. Halk says:

    It is indeed very pretty. But too bad it is yet another 3rd person 3D game. I really tried, but had to ragequit after about five minutes.

    • Czrly says:

      I have got to agree. The camera is abysmal — it’s way more annoying than the lighting is pretty. The result is a feeling that you’re never really seeing the best bits fully and, in addition, a very large part of the game seems to be filled with inane jumping puzzles.

      It is pretty and the setting is intriguing. I played until I got interrupted and didn’t bother going back — I don’t have the patience for failing jumping puzzles, today.

  3. Beeftech says:

    Wow, I can’t get over how close the title is to the DS classic The World Ends with You.

  4. Ejia says:

    Square Enix is going to have to think of a new title for the TWEWY prequel that will never happen.

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      The Almighty Moo says:

      Or the remmix that’s just been announced for the switch.