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Become a priest that's lost it all and isn't gonna take it anymore - now in retro-style GameBoy graphics!
The 90s were a confusing time to be alive in general, but also some of the most mind-blowing. Large eggs were still being cracked open for omelets, and the retro-tastic green and black of the Nintendo GameBoy were amazing because of their portability. Fast forward 300 years into the future and there is a certain nostalgic tree that has grown.
In today's watering can, I introduce to the world....hrm, this is awkward...the game End The World.
End The World follows Leopold, a priest of Ionis, as he decides to tear off the band-aid and just end everyone's day at the same time. The darkness in his heart has attracted something sinister to help him and there doesn't appear to be any hope of stopping him.
So, that's neat, right?
The story takes a turn or two, which is for the best since this is a story-driven experience. I didn't want the player focusing on life or death since death is already an omnipresent part of this world. The world ends with you, after all.
Dark notes run through the music (by Mat Sosa) that runs through all the organ music the little GameBoy can handle. I asked the impossible from him: squeeze me some dark, romantic emotions out of the four channels and roughly 16 real notes you can hear through mono speakers. Mat took the challenge in stride, turning up with some of the catchiest tracks to end the world there are.
Lest you think this is all doom and/or gloom, the beating heart of this story is Leopold's shared love with Abigail. She plays her own part in this tale but together they form a powerful romance that I'm really proud to have shaped into a true power duo trying to prevent the worst from happening, or live with it after it already has.
I've always read that to really sell a product, you have to offer something that's a stand-out feature. For a lot of indie games, that's the art style - not for me. I'm about as artistic as a rhino at a pottery wheel in that vein. Instead, the story and the music are the twin-headed dragon of End The World. If you find yourself in need of a game that wants to end it all, I hope you'll check it out.
Here's the link to do so. Below you can see the trailer - here's to another project down!