One of the best games to ever grace the Nintendo DS is getting an iOS port. Square Enix’s The World Ends With You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai or すばらしきこのせかい) was a stylish action RPG set in real-world Shibuya.
Not only that, but it had a killer soundtrack and an intriguing storyline as well: as an amnesiac Neku Sakuraba, you have to work with a partner to try and clear seven missions on seven consecutive days, in a cruel “Shinigami Game”; fail any of the missions, and Neku ceases to exist. Clear all the missions, however, and an unspecified reward (well, you’ll find out halfway through what this “reward” is) is yours.
Above all, The World Ends With You featured a unique combat system that required you to take control of two separate characters, simultaneously, fighting on two separate screens.
In enemy encounters, you and your partner are teleported into different realms but fight the same enemies (an enemy defeated on one screen will disappear on the other).
On the DS’s lower screen, you controlled Neku by slashing, tapping, dragging, and rubbing away at the touchscreen. Simultaneously, you also controlled Neku’s partner with the d-pad, who performs combo attacks (hit the left or right d-pad directions) that can be modified by hitting up or down.
For The World Ends With You’s iOS port, however, Square Enix has reimagined the combat system so all of it takes place on one screen now (hence the subtitle -Solo Remix-). Your partner now appears to be AI-controlled, but to make up for the lack of multi-tasking, there are new combat elements as well (as seen in the trailer from 1:10 onwards).
By the way, even though the trailer below is in Japanese, the game is out now internationally in English as well.
Outside of the core game there is also a Beyblade-like multiplayer mini-game where you slide a pin badge around attempting to knock others’ pin badges off the playing field.
If you didn’t have the chance to pick up this cult classic on the DS, I heartily implore you to check it out. This game was so amazing that even if you’ve finished the original DS version, enough time has passed since it came out that it might be a good idea to revisit it again on iOS – I know I will be.
The World Ends With You -Solo Remix- is now available on the Singapore iTunes app store for S$ 22.98.
That may seem a little pricey for an iOS game, but this was originally a DS RPG about 30~40 hours in length – now with its graphics redrawn in HD.