The scariest game you’ve seen designed in MS Paint

The first thing you’ll notice sitting down to play WORLD OF HORROR is its unique black and white pixel graphics. It’s as if some horrific ritual rended the fabric of space and time, opened a portal into shrieking madness and deposited a forgotten Macintosh game upon the unsuspecting public.

Crafted as a love letter to the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Junji Ito, Pawel Kozminski, founder of Panstasz, says World of Horror also is also inspired by the body horror of Cronenberg’s 1980s movies. And yes, he designed all the horrific images that will attack your sanity in MS Paint.

I set out to create something that illustrates just how vulnerable one’s sanity can be. I want WORLD OF HORROR to haunt players in a way
that creates an uncomfortable sense of apprehension, something that slowly builds uneasiness and anxiety through atmosphere and the uncanny.”

The Old Gods are reawakening, clawing their way back into a world that’s spiraling into a mysterious madness. In a small, seaside town of Japan, the population’s sanity is dwindling and otherworldly, grotesque creatures terrorize those who call the place home. It’s the end of the world and the only solution is to confront the terror reigning over the apocalypse.

If you dare, navigate this hellish reality by building a deck of event cards to discover different outcomes for your battles against the darkness. Different decks may even unlock new mysteries or clues. Diligently searching every nook and cranny, you’ll uncover disturbing and shocking clues as well as helpful items that may come in handy in another twisted encounter.

WORLD OF HORROR features branching stories with five playable characters to brave the chaos, each with their own story and a different perspective on the events that unfold. You can also choose different color palettes and textures to spice up your adventure if black and white is too stark for you.

WORLD OF HORROR will release soon in 2019 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam, but for now you can play the demo here.

Tim Bledsoe

Podcasts & Single-player games are his thing except on "Adventure Time Tuesdays"