Space Oddity: Eerie Wandering With Inside The Void

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: several spaceships and their crews have gone missing around a remote alien planet and you’re sent in to find them. Must an FPS, yeah? An action-RPG, maybe? Nah mate, Inside the Void [official site] is a first-person walk-o-explorer. It’s a flipping gorgeous one too, and spookier than I’d expected. It’s free t’boot so do have a look if you like a good wander.

Inside the Void visits a low-poly crystalline world littered with strange and huge alien artefacts. Oh yep, I bet those are something to do with the disappearances. So go on, have a look, clamber up that glimmering hill to investigate that pyramid and its rotating capstone and- oh god, how did I get here?

That’s it, largely. Wander a gorgeous planet, get sucked inside alien machinery, and find diary entries from the last people who investigated these oddities. Now, usually I’m not too big on text logs in walking simulators (I’m here for the wandering, me) but these do succinctly explain what’s going on. Which is a bit spooky. I had not expected spookiness. I was pleased by it. And briefly scared by it.

Anyhoo! I’m only here to tell you Inside the Void is out, not to review it (I would say it doesn’t stick the landing). Creator 3D Methods has released it free for Windows, Mac, and Linux from Itch.

If you like gawping, here’s some good gawping.

I’m still reluctant to use ‘walking simulator’ for games with text logs and goals – they seem a bit too, y’know, game-y. Maybe we need ‘walking simulator’ and ‘wandering simulator’. Serious research at the bleeding edge of video games.


  1. rondertaker says:

    i am excited by this.

  2. fearandloathing says:

    cool if it’s a sabbath reference, not cool and totally lame if it isn’t

    • fearandloathing says:

      oh it’s “inside” the void, nevermind. walking simulators try really hard to be the worst trend in indie, at least get the name right man

  3. Ben King says:

    I’m excited about this one too… Now I just need to maintain enough focus to get it installed and play it once I’m home from work…

  4. LogicalDash says:

    C’mon, Dear Esther had audio logs and a goal

  5. AirRaid says:

    No Invert Mouse option means I won’t be able to play this. :(

  6. Don Reba says:

    It is indeed quite pretty.

  7. Spacewalk says:

    I think it’s wonderful that we’re finally getting games that look like the covers of ‘how to code’ books from the early nineties.

  8. Shazbut says:

    Where’s the final act of the story? The game just ends!

    It’s pretty but it’s a game about walking for minutes on end over featureless polygons with nothing happening

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    gritz says:

    This is great

  10. Ben King says:

    This was totally worth the 30 min of wandering and looking around. The default sound settings were a little low, but after cranking up the speakers a tad I had a good time- don’t worry about saving- you should be able to walk through (shift-sprint rather) in 20-30 minutes. The Void visuals were great. Also there IS a mouse inversion option for you backwards folks (AIRRAID!)