Parents' Guide to

The World Ends with You

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fascinating, dark but compelling action RPG game.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

One of the best RPG's EVAH!

Why do good games (and anime) like this only come from Japan? Are Americans that scared of dealing with serious issues? On to the game: This is hands-down one of the best stories I've seen in any game, on any platform. You have to play through the game twice to really understand it (you get more information through 'reports' you find when you start a new game+). Yes, there's language, but nothing a ten or twelve year old doesn't hear on the playground every day. The "message" is simple and powerful, but not all that obvious at first glance (or maybe I'm just getting slow in the uptake at my age). You define the limits of your world. The World Ends With You.
age 13+
An EXELLENT game. Very good storyline, engaging characters and (for once, out of the games that claim it) a unique control system-you control two sepoate characters, one on each screen. It is fairly dark, at points, but if you think the kid can handle, there's no problem. In any case, it may be okay for young-ish kids, but you can see someone enjoying it as old as 20.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (14 ):

As one of the most unique games ever created for the Nintendo DS, The World Ends with You is filled with tasty, creative features. For instance, you can shop and collect CDs, which are full length pop songs that you can listen to at your leisure. In addition to controlling combat on the lower screen, you can also control it on the top screen using the control pad. However, it's difficult to alternate between both fighting modes. So if you simply want to use the touch screen only, the game is programmed to help you play along the top screen automatically. Essentially, there's so much here it almost feels like a console game. In other words, unique story + smart gameplay = a great DS game.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release date: April 22, 2008
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, and Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: October 26, 2018

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