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Out of This World

aka: Another World, Outer World

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GamePro (US) (5 out of 5)

If you take on Out of This World, get ready to play something completely different. The animation moves are so real, you'll genuinely fret about the fate of your other worldly, video friend. The action's hot, but don't expect video gymnastics with the same look and feel as Contra II, ActRaiser, or Super Mario World. the title says it all. This cart is Out of This World!

May 1992 · SNES

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (10 out of 10)

You’ll know this game is something special from the just after the title screen, when the screen scrolls the diary entry of Lester Knight Chaykin away from you, Star Wars-style, the music blaring, imploring you to respond to its fanfare. If you’re a persistent type like me, you’ll play and die, and play and die, and persevere, and see Lester through to the game’s touching sequel-demanding conclusion. Then you’ll how truly special Out of This World is from the moment cold waters grip you, to the moment the alien skies fade from your view. If you haven't experienced it, don't wait any longer.

Jan 13th, 2004 · SNES · read review

Svenska Hemdatornytt (90 out of 100)

Jag kan direkt sÀga att det inte Àr sÀrskilt lÀtt att klura ut hur man skall ta sig in i detta magnfika spel. Under tiden man funderar njuter man av den suggestiva musiken och den vackra grafiken och kÀnner hur man dras med i spÀnningen. För den som tröttnat pÄ plattformsspel med banka-och-slÄ sÄ kan Another World innebÀra en helt annorlunda spelupplevelse.

Jun 1993 · SNES

N-Force (89 out of 100)

A wonderful game with plenty of addictive gameplay - buy it!

Jan 1993 · SNES

1UP! (88 out of 100)

Peut-ĂȘtre la meilleure façon de dĂ©crire Another World est comme un jeu expĂ©rimental. Chahi expĂ©rimente avec les graphismes vectoriels, avec le gameplay et l'environnement, avec les techniques dramatiques de cinĂ©ma, comme le hors champ et le premier plan: les soldats dĂ©filent au bas de l'Ă©cran, les lasers partent depuis la perspective qu'occupe le joueur en se croisant dans le plus pur style Star Wars. Il possĂšde mĂȘme une dimension thĂ©Ăątrale: ces extra-terrestres grands et massifs, taillĂ©s dans un bloc comme des golems, ont quelque chose qui renvoie Ă  Boris Karloff et son interprĂ©tation de Frakenstein peu aprĂšs les dĂ©buts du parlant.

Aug 1st, 2010 · SNES · read review

Mega Fun (86 out of 100)

Nur selten zuvor hat mich ein Spiel so fasziniert. Wenn schon Stephan stundenlang begeistert und total gespannt darauf ist, was wohl als nĂ€chstes passieren wird, muß das ein besonderes Spiel sein. Die 3D Vektorgrafik ist recht schnell und flĂŒssig, unterstĂŒtzt von einem der Situation angepaßten Sound. Es wird einem das GefĂŒhl gegeben sich wirklich an diesem Ort zu befinden. Die AtmosphĂ€re könnte nicht besser sein und wurde bis jetzt in keinem anderen Spiel so gut rĂŒbergebracht. Der gesamte Ablauf geht wie in einem Spielfilm vor sich. Mit jeder Menge Spannung und vielen Überraschungen. Einfach ein Spiel, das vor allem fĂŒr Abenteurer ein absolutes Muß ist. Die anderen dĂŒrfte es zumindest ĂŒber einen sehr langen Zeitraum hin begeistern.

Apr 1993 · SNES

Jeuxvideo.com (17 out of 20)

A l’heure oĂč ces lignes sont Ă©crites, Another World fĂȘte sa majoritĂ©, et dĂ©montre sa maturitĂ© par l’aura et l’ñme qu’il dĂ©gage, encore aujourd’hui. Plus qu’un simple jeu, c’est avant tout une lĂ©gende, de par son dĂ©veloppement, mais Ă©galement par l’expĂ©rience qu’il a procurĂ©e Ă  tant de joueurs diffĂ©rents. Pour avoir su avec brio casser des barriĂšres ancestrales, pour le voyage qu’il nous aura fait entreprendre
 Merci, Mr Chahi.

Jul 16th, 2010 · SNES · read review

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (34 out of 40)

This game has a very good chance to be the most original video game of the year!

Aug 1992 · SNES

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (10 out of 12)

Da kommt Laune auf! Die AtmosphĂ€re des Delphine-Hits Another World kommt auch in dieser Umsetzung fĂŒr das SuperNES voll rĂŒber. Alle positiven Features sind erhalten geblieben, so kann man auch hier wieder mittels eines Passwort-Systems in die unterschiedlichen Stages einsteigen und muß sich nicht jedesmal wieder komplett von vorne durch das nicht gerade kleine Spielareal kĂ€mpfen. Doch Vorsicht: Auch auf dem SuperNES ist das Game alles andere als ein Kinderspiel. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist knackig, zumindest fĂŒr den Durchschnittspieler. Langzeitmotivation fĂŒr FrustationskĂŒnstler ist deshalb absolut gegeben.

Feb 1993 · SNES

Retro Archives (16.5 out of 20)

Another World transpose l’expĂ©rience sur Super Nintendo sans rĂ©elle gĂ©nie, mais en accomplissant le nĂ©cessaire sans problĂšme majeur. Outre la petitesse de la fenĂȘtre de jeu, on regrettera surtout une lenteur globale qui alourdit une expĂ©rience qui n’en avait vraiment pas besoin.

Apr 10th, 2022 · SNES · read review

Super Play (UK) (81 out of 100)

Music is used very effectively here, changing pace to suit what's happening on screen, and conveying the feeling of tension brilliantly. Sound used to complement story so well is something of a rarity. True, this version is slower in places, but not so much so that it becomes unworkable. Otherwise this is very similar game to the Amiga one, with few graphical changes. A nicely presented, involving cart, then, but (you guessed it) there's one big problem, and that's the lack of long-term playability. This game simply isn't going to last you a long time. To complete each section, a repetitive trial and error approach has to be adopted - there's no other way to do it - and to make this sort of mucking around acceptable, frequent passwords are given out. The problem this creates, of course, is that with only 14 sections to get through, and so much user- friendliness, you'll finish it in no time.

Nov 1992 · SNES

Just Games Retro ( )

This game is one of the few that genuinely deserve the "adventure" title. Its attempts to create situations similar to a high-budget action movie are noble, and generally work out. If Out of This World has a major fault, it's that it is a very short game, perhaps taking 2 1/2 to 3 hours at most to beat. This assumes you know exactly what you're doing, and that you don't get caught by one of the insta-kill traps or a guard's laser blast. In fact, the ease of death is the only thing that will draw out the length of the game. None of the puzzles are particularly tricky to figure out, it's just that pulling them off without dying is tricky. But if you're looking for a classic adventure game in the vein of Prince of Persia, and have the patience to deal with such a game, you definitely should play this, if you haven't already.

Jul 13th, 2003 · SNES · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8 out of 10)

Those working their way through Out of This World should be prepared to repeat sections of the game dozens of times. The loose controls are not help in action series, and can also make platforming sections difficult. Still, Out of This World remains one of the most emotionally charged games of the 16-bit era and an important part of gaming history.

Jul 2005 · SNES

Nintendo Life ( )

Another World is certainly well worth a look, and was a very unique game for its time. The quirky artwork and emotive soundtrack are as immersive today as they ever were. Players looking for a fast-paced action game might get frustrated with the trial and error nature, but those who like puzzles and a stern challenge are in for a rewarding experience. It’s unlikely that we'll see a release on the Virtual Console, so your best bet is to track down the SNES cart.

Aug 14th, 2010 · SNES · read review

Video Games (80 out of 100)

Tja, das kommt dabei heraus, wenn man mit Naturgewalten experimentiert. Durch die einfallsreiche Grafik wird der Spieler das GefĂŒhl, in die andere Welt zu gehören, verlieren. Leider ist die Steuerung etwas gewöhnungsbedĂŒrftig. Dabei erinnern mich die Bewegungen der Sprites ein wenig an Prince of Persia, trotzdem ist die Motivation dank abwechslungsreicher Umgebung und Puzzles weitaus grĂ¶ĂŸer als im Schloß-Labyrinth. Obwohl es bei Another World von knackig-schweren bis unfairen Stellen nur so wimmelt, mĂŒĂŸt Ihr schon sehr leicht zu frustieren sein, um das Joypad vorzeitig ins Korn zu werfen. Viel öfter setzt sich die “Einmal probier ich‘s noch!“-MentalitĂ€t durch. Trotzdem ist in meinem Spieleregal schon ein Platz fĂŒr Another World reserviert.

Jan 1993 · SNES

Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) (8 out of 10)

Det hÀr Àr ett mycket bra spel. Ett fantastiskt intro, verklighetstrogen grafik, suverÀn musik och en spÀnning som du inte tidigare upplevt i ett videospel gör Another World till ett riktigt Toppspel. Det enda negativa Àr att spelkontrollen Àr lite vÀl seg, men i övrigt Àr allting nÀst intill perfekt genomfört.

May 1993 · SNES

Digitiser (4 out of 5)

Another World features a sumptuously atmospheric soundtrack which changes depending on your actions.
A lot of the time you'll progress via a trial and error method, but a password system means you won't end up playing the same scenes over and over. It all plays a wee bit faster on the MegaDrive.

Jan 10th, 1993 · SNES · read review

Play Time (78 out of 100)

FAZIT: Eine durchweg gute Arbeit, wenn auch die Rechnerbremse einen Hitstern verhindert, denn einige Stellen sind dadurch verflucht zÀh.

Feb 1993 · SNES

Power Play (68 out of 100)

Am grafisch eindrucksvollen Action-Adventure Out of this World scheiden sich die Geister. Spielergruppe A (u.a. wir von der POWER PLAY) ringt sich ein Keuchen der EntrĂŒstung ab, Horde B (z.B. die Kollegen von VIDEO GAMES) kann Jubelschreie kaum unterdrĂŒcken. Die Super-Nintendo-Variante unterscheidet sich kaum vom Original und die Steuerung ist mit dem Joypad erheblich angenehmer.

Feb 1993 · SNES

Total! (Germany) (3.25 out of 6)

Das A und 0 des Spiels sind allerdings die ĂŒberaus schwierigen Aufgaben, mit denen Lester in fast jedem Bild (die Level scrollen nicht) konfrontiert wird. Hinzu kommen viele Fallen und plötzliche Feindattacken, denen unser Held – auch aufgrund seiner argen TrĂ€gheit - fast ohnmĂ€chtig ausgeliefert ist. Einziger Lichtblick, aber leider nicht frustschmĂ€lernd, sind die endlos vorhandenen Continues. Zudem gibt es Paßwörter, ohne die „Another World“ trotz guter Hintergrundmusik beinahe unspielbar wĂ€re. Mal abgesehen von der tristen Grafik und dem sehr hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad bietet das Modul auch heute noch eine Menge Spannung!

Mar 1995 · SNES

Player Reviews

Short, Difficult, but Playing Makes It Last Forever
by Kitty Says Meow (32)

The Good
It was complex, intuitive, and straight-forward. There was something of a plot, and that was revealed in the beginning of the game. I am always one for a good story, and while the game was merely a vehicle for showing off new and remarkable graphics (there was even a hint of speech in this game, and load-time!), it accomplished its sole task - it was, for all practical purposes, entertaining.

The Bad
It was virtually impossible and utterly realistic...which is also why I liked it.

One thing that was difficult to handle was the controls. Slight pressing of directional buttons made Lester (the protagonist) move way more than you thought was possible.

Dying comes naturally (no joke). In fact, it is almost expected that you die every time you encounter an enemy. Ammo for your weapon is non-existent, unless you count the "recharging" area for your gun.

More energy was spent avoiding death than figuring out puzzles. Even though that could make a good and challenging game, I found it frustrating after about 15 minutes (and those 15 minutes were spent trying to make it through the first part of the game, which should have taken less than 5 minutes at most).

The Bottom Line
I would tell other gamers that, when they prepare to play this game, get ready for a long night of sighs and exasperated expressions. In total, the game should have lasted about 20 minutes, but it has taken me months to complete (I simply just haven't come across the time to finish it all in one sitting). It's fun, but check around on the 'net for information about it, because it could take you months (even if you are a seasoned gamer) to figure out where the gun is in the jail area (you'll see).

Good luck with it! Challenge is something it doesn't lack, and it certainly makes for a good conversation piece. Is it replayable? Perhaps, if you beat it once and want to do it again perfectly, sure.

Oct 11th, 2005 · SNES

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Critic reviews added by SlyDante, vicrabb, Martin Lindell, Alaka, Alsy, Patrick Bregger, Mr Almond, Ryan DiGiorgi, Big John WV, Sonikku225, lights out party, firefang9212.