A recent game rating suggests that the West is finally getting a snack - Snack World, that is. Popular Japanese multimedia franchise The Snack World has never crossed international borders, but according to a rating on the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) a new game entitled Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl - Gold is heading our way.
Though game publisher Level-5 has not yet made an official announcement, the ESRB rating appears to be for an enhanced version of title The Snack World: Trejarers Gold. According to the rating, the game will be available for the Nintendo Switch and is rated T for fantasy violence, mild language, and suggestive themes.
While The Snack World is still limited to Japan, Western fans are likely familiar with creator and developer Level-5's work, the same company behind popular franchises Yo-Kai Watch, Professor Layton, Little Battlers eXperience, and Inazuma Eleven.
The Snack World began in April 2015 with the release of a CGI pilot film of the upcoming anime series during their "Level 5 - Vision 2015 - The Beginning" presentation. Since then, the franchise has released two manga adaptations that were serialized in CoroCoro Comic and Shōnen Sunday Super respectively, an anime series produced by Dentsu, OLM, and Tokyo TV, and a toy line by Takara Tommy. An RPG for the Nintendo 3DS was released in August 2017 entitled The Snack World: Trejarers, with an enhanced port for the Switch released in April 2018 under the titled The Snack World: Trejarers Gold. The enhanced port appears to the version receiving a localization.
The ESRB rating is as follows:
This is a role-playing game in which players lead adventurers through dungeons for treasure. From a top-down perspective, players traverse maze-like environments and use swords, axes, and bows to battle fantastical creatures and enemy bosses (e.g., ghosts, skeletons, krakens). Battles are somewhat frenetic and accompanied by cries of pain, impact sounds, and colorful light effects. The game contains some suggestive material: a handful of female creatures depicted topless—though with no discernable details (i.e., no nipples); a character with hearts over his head telling a creature to whip him some more; dialogue containing frequent double entendre about tentacles (e.g., “I'm sure the kraken will be deeper inside. Much deeper inside…”; “I just want a really massive one!...You know to…satisfy me”; “It's, it's almost too much to take in!"; "What exactly did you think we wanted that tentacle for...?"). The word “a*s” appears in the game.
As interesting (and entertaining) as the review for this seemingly kid-friendly franchise game is, it's important to remember that nothing has been confirmed yet. In the meantime, we can wonder if the ESRB rating's spelling of "a*s" is what's actually going to appear in the game.