Every now and then an Xbox Game Pass game will drop without any previous fanfare or announcement, which is always a nice surprise. The Early Access version of World of Horror has just joined the service, bringing a low-fi black-and-white scares to users worldwide.
World of Horror is an RPG with roguelike elements, set in a Japanese fishing village that is being reclaimed by the Old Gods. There are five characters to choose from in this Early Access version, and you can solve 10 mysteries through a text adventure-style interface.
If you’re familiar with the comics of Junji Ito (particularly Uzumaki, his masterpiece about a town infected by spirals), elements of World of Horror will look familiar. The game is also inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.