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Out of This World

aka: Another World, Outer World

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Critic Reviews 74% add missing review

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks ( )

And that’s the thing, Another World, when all’s said and done, is relatively short and can be completed within an hour if you know what you’re doing, but the numerous difficulty spikes will try their damnedest to keep you back. Some may see this as artificially lengthening the game and I’d have trouble contesting that, but Another World is far greater than its unflinching difficulty and three digit death toll. It’s unique, heartfelt, beautiful, intimate, visceral, visionary, understated, inspirational and ultimately timeless. In a world where games provide all sorts of safety nets and prompts to gently nudge the player in the right direction, Another World stands stoic and proud, shamelessly kicking your arse but drawing you in with the promise of what’s around the next corner.

May 1st, 2011 · Windows · read review

Absolute Games (AG.ru) (99 out of 100)

Величайшее достижение Эрика Шайи (Eric Chahi) — огромная вселенная, под завязку набитая неожиданными сценами. Удивительно точно нащупав грань между платформенной аркадой и эпическим приключением, он гармонично связал их воедино, абстрагировавшись и от грубой монотонности, и от множественных манипуляций с инвентарем.

May 22nd, 2006 · Windows · read review

AceGamez (9 out of 10)

In 1991 I loved Another World and in 2007 I love it just as much. [And there aren't many games you can say that about, 16 years later! Ed]. It's important that we remember computer gaming heritage, just as much as we do with old movies or books. Another World broke the mould back in 1991 and was one of the most innovative games of its time. With the same genres being churned out nowadays - endless FPS and sports titles for example - a little bit of magic, such as Another World, wouldn't go amiss in modern games development. One of the all-time greats and rightly so, this latest release shows that Another World really was well ahead of its time - and whether you're interested in gaming history or not, you simply have to check this out now.

2007 · Windows · read review

Meristation (9 out of 10)

Y es que Another World, a pesar de ser una aventura ciertamente breve, es uno de los juegos más intensos y desafiantes de todos los tiempos. Acabar la historia de cabo a rabo puede significar echar algo más de tres cuartos de hora frente al monitor, pero saborear todo el concepto, asimilar los clásicos ensayo-error y aprender cómo avanzar en cada pantalla puede conllevar casi más horas que fusilar un Metal Gear Solid. Contundente pero cierto: la obra de Chahi estaba pensada al milímetro para enganchar, alucinarnos por su puesta en escena y, de paso, convencernos de que la frustración es un detalle más para adornar la gran jugabilidad de este viejo ganador.

Feb 12th, 2007 · Windows · read review

Gameplay (Benelux) (80 out of 100)

Retro-gaming met een baanbrekende Platform Shooter in een authentiek gerestaureerde jasje en een leuke bonus DVD!

Apr 27th, 2007 · Windows

DarkZero (8 out of 10)

For some it’s a chance for reminiscence, and for others a chance to experience one of the most absorbing adventure games around. Another World offers a glimpse of what gaming life was like back in 1991. It’s available in the shops RRP £14.99, though you can probably find it for £9.99 online - great value for money. Anyone who classes themselves as a true gamer should experience it and modern developers could learn a lot by revisiting the game. Another World shows you can achieve amazing things with a low budget that turn out to be very rewarding experiences.

Mar 12th, 2007 · Windows · read review

Adventure Classic Gaming ( )

As with most adventure games of the past, you will need to a little patience to get into this game. Once you do, however, Out Of This World is a very rewarding and intriguing gaming experience.

Mar 30th, 2008 · Windows · read review

games xtreme (8 out of 10)

You can’t go far wrong by getting this; you are in for a treat if you have a desire to experience a re-make of retro-gaming at its finest. You just need to have more than Popcorn gamer’s attention span, no blinkers in regards to graphical quality and a desire to play the game for what it was and not what it could have been if they’d have spent millions remaking it. If you can get past that, then you’re going to have a good time with Another World.

Mar 2nd, 2007 · Windows · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (15 out of 20)

En 15 ans, personne n'a oublié ce monument du jeu vidéo que représente Another World, et la sortie de cette édition spéciale est l'occasion rêvée de lui rendre un vibrant hommage. Ceux qui le découvriront pour la première fois auront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans, mais les autres revivront avec plaisir les meilleurs moments de leur vie de joueur.

Jan 29th, 2007 · Windows · read review

Imperium Gier (7.4 out of 10)

Ano wiele. Mimo upływu czasu gra trzyma się naprawdę dobrze. Scenariusz nadal zachwyca, bije bowiem o kilkanaście długości większość dzisiejszych produkcji. Grafika jest słaba, skromne VGA, ale za to czytelna, szybka, i naprawdę ani nie straszy, ani nie nudzi, jak to zazwyczaj robią starocie. Dżwiękowo Another World jest o dziwo bardzo przyzwoity. Owszem, nie ma soundtracków ani wszechobecnych spiczy, ale melodyjka w intro, wycie wiatru i okrzyki mutantów są tak realistyczne, że aż miejscami ciarki po plecach przechodzą. Nie wiem, jak to Chahi zrobił, ale stworzył grę wieczną. Myślę bowiem, że nawet za 10 lat Another World będzie czarował przynajmniej graczy-koneserów. Mogę się nawet o to założyć. Jeśli przegram, kupię losowo wybranemu bezdomnemu tanie siarkowe wińsko. Zakład stoi?

Feb 28th, 2000 · Windows · read review

Game Captain (72 out of 100)

Another World ist Kult und für mich einer DER Amiga-Hits! Zum damaligen Zeitpunkt gab es nicht viele Spiele, die eine derart dichte Atmosphäre erzeugten. Auch heute hat Another World noch einen gewissen Charme. Allerdings ist es frustrierend schwer, was in erster Linie an der schwammigen Steuerung und den unfairen Rücksetzpunkten liegt. Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, wann eine meiner Spielfiguren zuletzt so viele virtuelle Tode gestorben ist. Das muss zuletzt vor rund 15 Jahren gewesen sein – beim originalen Another World auf dem Amiga 500. Zudem ist das Spiel grafisch und in punkto Spieldesign hoffnungslos veraltet. Wer Another World noch nicht kennt, muss auch jetzt nicht zugreifen. Amiga-Veteranen hingegen können für 15 Euro vor allem wegen der sehr guten Extras einen Blick riskieren. Da sie in erster Linie die Zielgruppe sind, haben wir das Spiel aus diesem Blickwinkel bewertet.

Feb 5th, 2007 · Windows · read review

PC Games (Germany) (65 out of 100)

Dabei leben Sie schon mal ab, weil Sie blindlings einem Monster in die Fänge laufen - die Szenerie scrollt nämlich nicht mit, sondern blättert quasi um. Geschick erfordert die auf damalige Zweiknopf-Digital-Joysticks ausgelegte Steuerung. Selbst Spieler mit einer nostalgischen rosaroten Brille ärgern sich hier häufig und sollten sich entsprechend auf ein hartes Abenteuer einstellen ... Another World bietet einen neuen Level und mehr Speicherpunkte. Zur Jubiläumsfeier liegt eine Soundtrack-Audio-CD, ein langer Interview-Clip mit den Entwicklern sowie die original Amiga-Version für einen Emulator bei.

Mar 16th, 2007 · Windows · read review

videogamer.com (6 out of 10)

Unremitting and unkind, Another World constantly serves to remind us of how easy we have it these days. Like so many horror films before it, it might not strictly feel like straightforward fun, but it is undoubtedly an enjoyable experience. Far more like reading a nightmarish novel than playing the latest generic shooter, Another World will not be to everyone's taste, but for those looking for something darker, it is a compelling adventure worth every penny of the budget price tag.

Apr 10th, 2007 · Windows · read review

PC Zone (1993-2010) (5.9 out of 10)

Truth is, I don't think this game is worth one pound for every year it's been in existence - unless perhaps I was richer or so nostalgic that I could do nothing but drink Soda Stream and watch Grange Hill. Only for the oldies this one, and even then only for the oldies with deeper pockets than I.

Apr 2nd, 2007 · Windows · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (5 out of 10)

It's nice to be reminded of the many good things about Another World, but it's quite a harrowing experience in other respects. Smart nostalgics will want to keep their memories untarnished.

Feb 27th, 2007 · Windows · read review

Gamezoom (35 out of 100)

Another World ist und bleibt DAS Kultspiel überhaupt. Man muss halt schon etwas schmunzeln, wenn man dieses Spiel mit einer GeForce 8800 GTX spielt, aber was soll’s. Ich hatte großen Spass beim Zocken und egal welche Wertung dieses Spiel schlussendlich von uns erhält – Retrogamer MÜSSEN dieses Game unbedingt kaufen!

Feb 4th, 2007 · Windows · read review

Player Reviews

But not just another game!
by Stokkolm (5)

The Good
The windows version of Out of This World (Another World if you prefer) released in 2006 is a straightforward remake of the classic 1991 game. The differences between the original version and this one are very insignificant so I'll fill them quickly. The graphics have been slightly updated (they are higher resolution), the menu has been brought to today standards, and the checkpoints are saved and can be restored without needing to type a password (I assume that method was used the old version). And above all, now the game is fully Windows XP compatible (and most likely Vista also). Nothing has been changed, only updated, and as a remake this edition of Another World is as good as it could get.

Enough about the remake, let's talk about the game itself. Another World is a truly unique and brilliant game, Eric Chahi did a great job making a solid game almost entirely by himself. The gameplay elements form different genres. It plays like a side-scroller, but the main purpose of the game is solving the puzzles like in an adventure game. The cut scenes are very well tied in the game, sometimes the transition is so fluid that you may not realize when you get the control on the character. Another amazing fact is that the game requires only five buttons, and four of them are the arrow keys. Those are the buttons that will serve not only the side scrolling part, but also in some different situations, like balancing with a suspended cage in order to loose the chain that ties it, and there are other moments but I won't spoil them.

The Bad
It tries to be original at any cost, and sometimes ignores the consequences. It's quite short and linear, and it's not the type of game you'd want to finish more than once, because the main attraction is discovering the story, the gameplay isn't to rewarding on it's own. In fact is rather demanding because it requires both quick reflexes, and some heavy thinking. You have only a way to bypass a situation and you have to get through all the wrong ways until you find the right one. This involves a lot of dieing and trying, and is the most frustrating aspect of the game.

The Bottom Line
It draws some of its inspiration from the good old Prince of Persia but this inspiration resembles to some gameplay mechanics. Anything else is completely out of this world.

Dec 6th, 2007 · Windows

Average platformer, but great cut-scenes
by Andrew Fisher (706)

The Good
The bleak colour theme and music, even when Lester is in his laboratory in our own world. So I understand, Eric Chahi was playing the Amiga port of Dragon's Lair and got the idea for Another World. Dragon's Lair had cartoon death-scene cuts of course, but cartoonish as they were, I think there was something quite serious and effecting about them. Another World has some very effecting death scenes and other cut scenes. I also like that you're playing a character who is perhaps a bit of a loner, a science geek immersed in his experiments. He's forced into a world where he's even more alone, but forms a strange friendship with an alien rebel. The story of their friendship is mostly told through the graphics and gameplay, being there for one another in the other's time of need. I thought the ending suited the overall mood of the game too.

The Bad
As a platformer and problem-solver it's a pretty average game and there are some unimpressive puzzles that still take a lot of effort to solve.

The Bottom Line
Worth playing through to the end, for the story.

Sep 15th, 2018 · Windows

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Critic reviews added by Jeanne, GTramp, Scaryfun, Sciere, Wizo, McTom, gukker, Xoleras, Zeikman, CalaisianMindthief.