Developed by Asuka Watanabe and published by Regista, Mist World The After was released on console for the Nintendo Switch on August 5, 2021. It the actually the second entry to the Mist World series of which was created by the aforementioned Asuka Watanabe. The series has been mobile exclusive to the iOS platform and as of now, this has been the only one ported to consoles. It is only available in Japanese as well.
A traditional RPG story minecrafted
Allow me to translate from the Nintendo store page where you can buy the game if you can access the Japanese e-shop. There are no official translations for the names so bear with me as I make them sound the best I can:
“Ignats as a hunter was in charge managing the forest in which he lived with his late grandfather. Recently, he felt that strange monsters were appearing more and more. To search for the origin of this phenomenon, he headed to the capital. At which time in the capital, an incident which the theft of a forbidden book which concerns the evil deity Nisfor occurred. Together with the librarian Mari, Ignats pursues the disappearance of the forbidden book. What is made clear is that someone is conspiring to revive the evil deity. Will Ignats be able to the stop the revival of the evil deity!?”
It kind of helps if you know the series but I would not say it is a requirement
I started this game not even knowing there were other entries to the series despite the obvious subtitle of after being in the title. After looking at some information, I could see there were some shared similarities even with reappearing characters in the titles. However, I was enjoying the story as is and would say it is not a prerequisite to start off with the first Mist World (even though the two characters in the main title screen are not the first two characters you control).
Ignats’ home in the middle of the forest somewhere
The man underneath the hood
Regular Attack: Carried out with your equipped weapon.
Defend: Lowers received damage.
Skill: Use a special move that requires the use of MP. There are several different moves for each character.
Item: Use an expendable item.
Run: Flee from battle
A bird’s eye view
An old staple
Your first ally
One monster’s drop is another man’s treasure
That RPG healing
Ain’t nobody moving boxes but us chickens
Tweet the developer should you want a localization
As this game is made by one person, chances are that contacting her might show that there is enough interest to localize this game in English. She can be reached here if you want to show your support.
Mist World The After is as indie as a game you can get. It is pretty much made by one person. In this case, Asuka Watanabe. The Minecraft-style might not appeal to everyone but I find it fitting in a way for a game so traditional. However, for any die-hard old-school RPG lover, this game should appeal to you as most of the traditions that made RPGs great are there. It is very charming in its own way and worth a look. Although it is not a full price game, it is only available in Japanese at the moment so there is a language barrier. You can try giving it a shot anyway should you have access to the Nintendo Switch Japanese e-shop. You also could contact the developer herself as she has her won Twitter account which I have posted at the end of the article asking for support in English. I really hope I am not bothering her by doing this.
Basic yet fun RPG
Decent layout of towns and dungeons
Random battle encounter rates can seem kind of high at times