When I started to play World Splitter, I immediately knew that it would be a game for me. Puzzle games are a guilty pleasure of mine, and I love it when developers successfully make the puzzle mechanics unique. World Splitter likewise does clever things with its design, allowing the player to solve puzzles by altering the game’s “dimensions.” Throughout its 60 uniquely designed levels and assortment of extra challenges, World Splitter is a puzzle platformer that’s definitely worth your time.
Simple yet challenging mechanics
World Splitter‘s art style is nothing extraordinary. It reminds me of a variety of Flash games that flooded the internet in the early-to-mid 2000s. This isn’t a bad thing, as I have a ton of memories playing these sorts of games. Regardless, it’s the gameplay that counts, and it shines. The first few levels are obviously going to be easy, just like in other puzzle games, but after the fifth level, the difficulty quickly ramps up. After just 15 minutes of playing, I was starting to feel perplexed.
World Splitter requires you to manipulate a dimensional rift, offering you options to rotate and move it across the screen. This is used to uncover hidden platforms that wouldn’t normally be visible and to use the differing environments in each dimension to construct a path forward. For the most part, understanding the concept is straightforward; however, using it effectively is where things start to get confusing. There were moments where I was simply stumped. I had to approach each level with a variety of strategies, utilizing the rift to my advantage. Finishing the level is of course the most important part, but for completionists, there are more things to think about.
Completionists and speedrunners be prepared
Each level features collectable alien-like creatures, a time trial, and an optional “rotation limit.” The first two are self-explanatory, and the rotation limit restricts how much you can rotate the game’s dimensional rift. If you’re stuck, this limitation can feel ridiculous, but once you know a level’s solution, it’s fine enough I suppose. Completing these extra challenges rewards you with some gold medallions on the level select screen. However, they are also required to unlock in-game achievements, something that I myself am addicted to. Nintendo Switch lacks any sort of achievement system, so I love it when games try to implement them within the game itself.
Meanwhile, World Splitter‘s time trials are quite brutal, so I’m excited to see how speedrunners use the game’s unique mechanics to blitz through levels. They are required to unlock the game’s “Dimension Master” achievement, which requires the player to gain a gold medal in all single-player challenges. That means that you’ll need to complete the game’s 60 levels perfectly, so have fun doing that!
Play World Splitter with family and friends
World Splitter also features a separate multiplayer mode, allowing you to play levels designed specifically for co-op. They provide their own challenge, but compared to the main game, they’re disappointing. This is primarily because there are only 10 multiplayer levels compared to the main game’s 60. Personally, I prefer playing this kind of game by myself, but it is a shame that the game only features a lackluster number of co-op levels.
World Splitter is a great puzzle platformer with a unique gameplay mechanic for solving perplexing challenges. With 60 unique levels to play, the game’s difficulty is quite diverse as a result, offering the player a ton of replayablity through extra challenges. My only criticism is that the multiplayer mode could have been more realized, as the dimension rift mechanic is used extremely well in both modes. If you’re a fan of puzzle games and have been wanting something to scratch that itch, World Splitter is a game for you.
A review code for World Splitter was provided by the publisher.