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WADTGII Logo
Developer(s) Nextgen solo logo4
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Platform(s) BluevoltXLogo
Genre(s) 2D Platformer, Horror
Release Date(s)
Worldwide: October 31, 2012
Mode(s)
Story
Age Rating(s)
MRating
Media Included Bluevolt X Blu-ray Disc
Where All Dead Things Go: Darkism Rises (also referred to just as Darkism Rises), and Subete no deddo · kankō doko ni iku yami ga jōshō shi (すべてのデッド·観光どこに行く闇が上昇し) in Japan, is the second game in the WADTG series by NextGen Solo. While the series' first game on the Nintendo DS focused more on the platforming and left the story and horror elements to supplement, Darkism Rises puts the plot at the forefront, delivering a more enthralling tale without sacrificing the challenging gameplay.

Story

Long ago, 8 particularly horrible spirits forever damned to Hell banded together and used their mysterious wealth of power to rise above all other authority in their sections of the land. This caused an major upset, and the unlucky residents of Hell revolted, causing what is known now as the Cursed War. When the series of battles and time hardship was over, with the Hell residents emerging victorious, the 8 opressive rulers were sentenced to life forever dwelling under the statue of the Great King, the new ruler of all the 8 territories they once ruled.

However, many years later, the head of the Great King's Council, Synthell, was a closet follower of the original 8 rulers, now referred to as the Ancient Kings. Synthell devised a plan to assert his rule over Hell and drive the Great King out of power, thereby allowing him to reawaken the Ancient Kings or, at the very least, continue their legacy. He made all of Hell into a black-and-white wasteland, and turned all the residents into impish-looking wisp-like creatures.

Somehow this radical change caused many fine souls to be placed into Hell by mistake, and while most of the wrongly damned were cursed upon entering and could not control their actions, one man, Mace Kanon, was not cursed and went on a journey to defeat Synthell and eliminate the corrupted force behind his wrongdoing, The Core, while also discovering that not all are as bad as being in Hell would make them out to be.

However, The Core was not just a vengeful entity looking to reawaken the Kings but possessed a body to better carry it's plan out. It was actually a creation of the Ancient Kings, who created it with their leftover energy to bring about their return.

Years after that, the now-exiled Synthell gathers supporters to follow the Ancient Kings, a practice he dubs as Darkism. After a long time of collecting those followers, Synthell finally has enough to create a sufficient amount of energy to remove the statue off the Ancient King's prison, freeing them. They thank Synthell and his followers, and personally make him the head of what would become the only way of worship, Darkism. With the followers' help, the Ancient Kings return the black-and-white curse to the land, now calling it Neo Hell.

You play as William Kanon, son of former Hell savior Mace Kanon, who enters Neo Hell not by accident of untimely death, but by an illegal summoning spell cast by Kyliea, a Hell resident who knew Will's father, Mace, from his previous adventures, and meant to call on him. Unfortunately, Mace met his real death quite some time ago, and now the signal went out to his son. Tasked with defeating the 8 Ancient Kings and restoring their territories' original forms, Will teams up with former Mace Kanon companion Tamber to complete this quest with.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Darkism Rises is very similar to that of a Super Nintendo 2D platformer, where the player is on only one layer of a level, and details are also put in background and foreground elements, creating a more 3D experience without using polygonal figures. The horror aspect of the game comes in not only from some of the more intense scenes and character designs, but also the levels themselves; those background and foreground elements that breathe life into the levels are often the source of a level's unsettling or even downright frightening feel.

Worlds and Levels

There are 9 worlds in this game, each containing 5 levels and a boss battle, making for 54 different challenges in the main game.

World Title Levels Boss Image
Entrance to Neo Hell
  • 1-1: A Gruesome Welcoming
  • 1-2: Eerie Sights
  • 1-3: Leaping Over Chasms
  • 1-4: Death Penalty
  • 1-5: Lifeless Terror
  • Boss: Hellhorned, the Ancient King of Nightmares
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Open Landscape
  • 2-1: Fields of Piercing White
  • 2-2: Mountains of Dreadful Black
  • 2-3: Horrific Events
  • 2-4: In the Dark
  • 2-5: The Stronghold Wall
  • Boss: Discorder, the Ancient King of Chaos
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Deserted Stronghold
  • 3-1: Collecting Dust
  • 3-2: Undead Revenge
  • 3-3: Out of Many, More
  • 3-4: They Shall Never Die
  • 3-5: For They are Already Dead
  • Boss: Deadstill, the Ancient King of Silence
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Neo Hell Quarry
  • 4-1: Grab a Cart
  • 4-2: Demon Resident
  • 4-3: Crash and Burn
  • 4-4: Quarry on Fire
  • 4-5: Meet the Pyrodemons
  • Boss: Torturcide, the Ancient King of Pain
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Hell Hath Frozen Over
  • 5-1: TBA
  • 5-2: TBA
  • 5-3: TBA
  • 5-4: TBA
  • 5-5: TBA
  • Boss: Admicrat, the Ancient King of Corruption
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The Far Side
  • 6-1: TBA
  • 6-2: TBA
  • 6-3: TBA
  • 6-4: TBA
  • 6-5: TBA
  • Boss: Alicia, the Ancient King of Murder
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Ancient Castle
  • 7-1: TBA
  • 7-2: TBA
  • 7-3: TBA
  • 7-4: TBA
  • 7-5: TBA
  • Boss: Youwill, the Ancient King of Control
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Dungeon of Eternal Torture
  • 8-1: TBA
  • 8-2: TBA
  • 8-3: TBA
  • 8-4: TBA
  • 8-5: TBA
  • Boss: Bloodred, the Ancient King of Neo Hell
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Synthell's Hideout
  • 9-1: TBA
  • 9-2: TBA
  • 9-3: TBA
  • 9-4: TBA
  • 9-5: TBA
  • Boss: Synthell, Lord of Darkism
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Characters

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Gallery

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Trivia

  • A Where All Dead Things Go II was in development way before this game. In that concept, the monsters of Hell would invade Earth to seek out Mace Kanon and enact revenge on him for his actions in the first game. That idea was scrapped in favor of this game because " the Darkism Rises concept filled in several plot holes of the first game while also promising a more thrilling and detailed experience on top of that."
  • Worlds 1-7 of this game are subtle references to Worlds 1-7 of the first, using some of the same material and having titles that can connect back to the first game's.
  • Some of the Bosses and what they are the Ancient Kings of are references to different things, several having to do with Fantendo. Because of this, one of the Ancient Kings is female, despite the title of "King" usually referring to a male.
  • Synthell's name comes from his planned theme, which was supposed to use mainly synth leads and other sounds of the sort. The name, even without the theme, stuck for whatever reason.

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