PAX East 2016 Impressions: Rain World

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I was at The Adult Swim booth at PAX East and they had several incredible games for us to try out. One of those games was Rain World, a rather bizarre yet incredibly charming adventure survival game. So the goal is to survive as long as you can as this little white rabbit – slug – cat thing? Trust me it’s a lot more adorable than that sounded! Here is the design of the character and you will wish you had a plushie of it!

Rain world | player

This 2D adventure game is controlled with the analog stick. While I am usually partial to using a D-pad for these kind of games, the way your character moves seems to actually feel much better with an analog stick. The goal of each day is to find several bats and eat them before returning back to your shelter. On the bottom left hand corner of the screen you can see how many more you need to fulfill your daily quota. Of course you can exceed this to give you a head-start on the following day. The world is huge and you are given a nifty map to keep track of your progress. You character cannot fight enemies directly however can find little spears throughout the levels and throw them. The animation on both your character and the enemies is incredible! Everything is so smooth that the game ends up being incredibly fun to watch. Screenshots unfortunately do not do this game justice.

Rain World | gameplay

I was told that one of the themes of this game other than survival is evolution. Your character while fairly helpless on its own eventually gains a better conscience and will be able to become more agile as you progress through the game so you can really get a sense of character growth as you travel these levels. The story is kept to a minimum so the player can create their own interpretation of the story. Overall, I enjoyed playing this one a lot because I loved the graphical style, It had a very somber Gothic look to it and your little white furball was too adorable for words! It got to the point where I was actively trying to avoid letting it get injured because I did not want to see my cute little character get hurt! Be sure to check out Rain World when it releases on PC this year!

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About Justin Guillou

Justin joined Operation Rainfall to share his passion and knowledge for some of the more obscure video games out there.