Posts Tagged ‘Out There: Ω Edition’

The 23 best bite-size games for busy lives

I am dad, hear me whinge. Too many games, not enough spare time, for all my non-work hours are spent kissing grazed knees, explaining why you cannot eat the food in that cupboard, constructing awful Lion King dioramas out of toilet roll tubes and being terrified that the next jump from the sofa to the armchair will go fatally wrong. I’m lucky in that my job to some extent involves playing games, so by and large if there’s something I really want to check out I can find a way to, but I appreciate that there are many long-time, older or otherwise time-starved readers for whom RPS is a daily tease of wondrous things they cannot play.

Now, clearly I cannot magically truncate The Witcher 3 into three hours for you, but what I can do is suggest a few games from across the length and breadth of recent PC gaming that can either be completed within a few hours or dipped into now and again without being unduly punished because you’ve lost your muscle-memory. Read the rest of this entry »

Out There Chronicles choose-your-own-adventure coming to PC

Mi-Clos Studio’s Out There from 2014 is a roguelike that can be devastatingly harsh, set in a lonely, mysterious universe. That’s where most of the harshness comes in, after all. You take up the role of an astronaut who’s just woken from cryogenic sleep far from our solar system. Along the way you discover ancient alien relics that assist you in your journey, but their origins aren’t ever really explained. Out There Chronicles [official site] takes you a million years before Out There and brings the fledgling universe of the franchise to life, and now it’s headed to PC. Read the rest of this entry »

Have you played… Out There?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I feel a bit bad for Out There, which can loosely be described as a more forlorn, non-combat take on FTL. I put so much time into its mobile version that, by the time its spit’n’polished PC version rolled around, I had almost nothing left to take from it, let alone say about it.
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Impressions: Out There Ω Edition

Out There is a pacifistic take on FTL, yet arguably even more brutal. As a lone, lost starpilot, jump from system to system, simply trying to stay alive and trying to gather replacement resources as the journey steadily eats away your fuel, oxygen and hull integrity. Don’t worry about weapons, don’t worry about crew members: just don’t die. Out There Cleaves a little closer to Choose Your Own Adventure than FTL did, in that it is almost entirely based on chance rather than requiring any particular strategic nous from the player. In other words, it’s completely unfair. But hey, surely being cast adrift in endless, unknown space with no idea what awaits you on the other end of your next lightspeed jump would be pretty unfair, right?
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Oh Mah Gawd – Out There: Ω Edition

Space exploration adventure/suicide mission Out There was my favourite mobile game of last year. While this may sound like the grandest of statements, please do bear in mind that I only played about four mobile games last year. Even so: Out There was and is brillo. It plays like FTL converted into a tranquil, slightly forlorn gamebook – this is not a game about being disintegrated by alien death rays, but one of trying to stay one step ahead of a slow, sad death lost in space. Exploration and risk-taking are in its bones, and at heart it’s a Fighting Fantasy book adorned with solemn, sparse, affecting writing and prettily minimal art. There isn’t much to it, but it turns what it does have into offbeat effectiveness.

A PC version has been promised for quite some time, and now it’s finally been announced, titled and explained. The expanded Out There: Ω Edition will be with us soon.
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So I’ve Been Playing Android Games On My PC

I’ve cracked it! I’ve discovered the formula for eternal and invincible perversion! I have, this day, established a way in which PC gaming website Rock, Paper, Shotgun can post about intriguing mobile games without the slightest concern that we’re stepping beyond our self-elected remit! Well, maybe a little, occasionally, hesitantly, sideways.

Three exclamation marks in that introduction. That’s how pleased I am that a program called Bluestacks has meant I’ve spent the morning playing Android games from the big-screen comfort of my computer.
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Time To Dive Into: Sea Of Stars

My excuse for not spotting the latest video of Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars is a worthy one. I’ve been too busy playing Out There on my Android CleverPhone. Like the Infinite Space series, it’s a mysterious RPG that drops the player in space, surrounded by the unknown. You should try it and I shall try to find out if it’s still coming to PC, as was originally planned. Enough of that for now though because the new video for Sea Of Stars contains plenty of information to drool over, including diplomacy, alien life and homeworld shipyards. The beta release is planned for the end of March.

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