Rain World: Taking Survival to the Next Level

Although survival is key, perhaps there is a way our little slugcat can ascend beyond their limits with the will of a true hunter? A way to finally evolve itself into a creature like no other. Pure ascension.

Created by Adult Swim Games

Although survival is key, perhaps there is a way our little slugcat can ascend beyond their limits with the will of a true hunter? A way to finally evolve itself into a creature like no other. Pure ascension.

Cesar Lopez, Journalist

Rain World is similar to a handful of metroidvanias. These types of games are one where the player either levels up or collects new abilities to unlock certain areas. In this case, Rain World focuses more on leveling up. This $19.99 game was created by Adult Swim Games. One huge factor in this game is survival. Before the player can save, they have to hunt and kill their prey. Though there’s always a bigger fish, so of course the player too will be hunted. As far as the story goes, it’s hinted that the player is to be attempting to find their family after falling victim to the rain.

Now although there is a large amount of space to explore, there is also quite a bit of story to be told. The player is a slugcat, one of the many creatures of this world. Due to the violent rain that comes down like hail in large doses, they have been separated from their family. Their goal now is to survive and follow a one-eyed orange worm-like creature that serves as a cryptic guide. Once the player goes through most of the unlockable areas in the game, they beat the game

There are a handful of useful game mechanics. The player can move in all sorts of directions, though they are limited by the 2D sidescroller type areas. A sidescroller basically means the player moves in rooms often connected in ways requiring to go up or down, or side to side. Another simple perk is the fact a player can jump and pick up objects. These objects range from spears to rocks that can be thrown. If a player gets ready properly, they can perform a long jump. Some bugs and creatures can grant the player other abilities, though these aren’t controls that remain permanent.

Being hunted is a big part of the game. A large majority of what hunts you are lizards. There are different types of lizards that the player constantly looks out for. There are green lizards that can go through pipes scattered throughout the game. Pink lizards can go through pipes and climb up poles. Blue lizards can climb essentially anywhere. White lizards are like most of the other lizards, but possess the ability to camouflage into their surroundings. Other creatures can kill you, like flying worms and large birds.

Contrasting with being hunted, the player still needs to hunt. Some creatures require a spear to kill while others can simply be grabbed. Flys, insects, and small flying worms can be hunted. Though once a little flying worm is picked up, the mother will get furious and attempt to kill the player. Blueberries are also scattered around to provide natural plant food.

As mentioned, leveling up is possible. Depending on the game difficulty (easy, normal, or hard), once enough food has been consumed, the player can find a safe area to hide from the rain and predators. Once sleeping, the game shows the player leveling up in the form of symbols often referred to as karma. With enough karma, the player can unlock areas that require certain levels for passage. When the player quits 30 seconds into the game or dies, they move back a level. When the player wants to secure their level, they can consume an orange flower that will let the player have the same amount of karma when they die.

The graphics in this game are very pixelated, similar to the style seen in Celeste. The graphics are clear enough to see the little details in vines, characters, and debris, but not exactly realistic. Other than that though, the color choices are diverse enough to be intriguing, but they don’t derail from the theme of the areas.

All in all, Rain World is a bit of a strange game to play, due mostly to its lack of instructions and instead focusing on environmental world building. There is a bit of confusion in the game at first, making the game not exactly perfect. There is life though, which feels like a world to explore, and in that regard the game goes its highest. Overall, Rain World is a standard game with great ambitions.