A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game showcases the power of standing by your friends.
Ease of Play
Controls are simple to learn and the game is very easy.
Violence & Scariness
No explicit violence shown, but game does feature battles, and some characters do seem to die at points.
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"Hell," "damn," and "ass" are all used with some regularity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are injected with some unidentified substance in one segment of the game.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that World's End Club is an adventure game available for download on Apple Arcade. The story follows the adventures of twelve 12-year-old kids in Japan. The game's audio is in Japanese, but the game is subtitled. There's occasional foul language and some violence, but nothing that's too rough. Action is more of an interactive story, with the weight put more on story. There are a lot of interstitial videos, occasionally broken up by some fairly easy gameplay. And the game ends with a cliffhanger, which leads into an upcoming Nintendo Switch version of the game.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to classify this adventure as a game, since so much of the player's time is spent watching narrative segments. Adventure games always have a strong story element, but World's End Club is more story than game (and the parts where you actually do interact with the game are incredibly easy -- presumably so that you'll continue on to the next narrative segment). That's annoying, but the game holds your attention nonetheless, in large part because of its wonderful atmosphere. World's End Club looks like no other game -- and it doesn't rush anything.
The biggest ding against the game, though, is that it ends in a cliffhanger -- and to see how the story ends, you'll presumably need to buy an upcoming version for the Nintendo Switch. Characters are a bit one-dimensional, and many of the surprises are telegraphed pretty far in advance. It's the sort of game that's worth spending a couple of hours with if you've already got an Apple Arcade subscription, but certainly not one that's worth signing up for.
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