The World Ends With You: Solo Remix[iPhone/iPad- $19.99] is the Square Enix hit JRPG in iOS. It is a rhythmic, musical, Japanese style street culture RPG made of unadulterated awesome. Solo Remix is a treat to (almost) all your senses. In fact you will begin to love this game just because of the music.But, of course, there is not all there is to it.Fashion,quirkiness and music all blend into one whole experience.It is more like a feast rather than a game. It invades your private space rather than entertain you standing aloof. And you would love the invasion, every bit of it.
The game starts with our hero, Nekuro Sakuraba waking up in a strange place with a cryptic message that he should clear the level or face erasure(whatever that means). The game is played out in a sort of underworld, a layer on top of the reality as we see it, and the day to day citizens are totally unaware of its existence. But our hero and his party can see that world, and it is up to them to defeat the “reapers”- the villains of the game- who summon “noise”, vile creatures. The game is very atmospheric- most of the game world is modeled on the Shibuya, the real and fashionable city of Japan.
The game gets its variation and depth by discovering and leveling up “pins”. And you can of course, level up your characters as well. The combat system totally suits the touch screen form factor. Merely fighting out is a joy in itself,which you perform with various gestures. And add to that eye popping HD art and you get maximum immersion.
The underground world and how it works is slowly introduced to you over hours of gameplay- yes hours, which is unusual for an iOS title; but then there are many things that are unusual in Solo Remix(price is one). Also unusual is the focus on fashion: you have to be wearing the clothes of latest fashion to have higher abilities. Perhaps the game rates highest in sheer amount of quirkiness and depth. A game which makes a case for “games are art”.
Perhaps the price seems a bit steep , but for serious Square Enix RPG fans it is worth the money. Unusual experience in iOS goes with the unusual price. Worth the price in terms of quality as well as the length of game play.
Developer : Square Enix.
Good : Deep ,engaging and quirky gameplay.
Bad : The fight controls sometimes feel clunky even though initially they feel novel.
Weird : Even when lost in underworld you have to care about fashion!