Approximate Release Date: November 1, 1992
Genre: Cinematic platformer
Developer: Delphine Software
Publisher: Interplay Entertainment
The first thing to greet players of Out of This World (known as Another World in Europe) is a loading screen, but you won’t see them very often unless you know what you’re doing.
I say that because Out of This World is very, very, VERY trial-and-error centric. The only way to succeed is to fail again and again. And again. It’s very frustrating, especially since the game doesn’t have generous checkpoints. You’ll be redoing a lot of stuff as you stumble through the game. Most players will probably die in the first ten seconds of the game, and if they survive, they’ll likely be poisoned by a murderous slug. Or eaten by a space gorilla. Or grabbed by a tentacle. Or fall off a cliff. Death is everywhere, and it makes the game a slog.
I haven’t actually talked about what Out of This World is yet, only because the above disclaimer is so important. Wikipedia calls the game a “cinematic platformer.” I like that description, because you’re doing things you would in any other platformer: running, jumping, and shooting. Out of This World also shares many visual and storytelling features with Sierra and LucasArts point-and-click adventure games from the era. Traversing through alien locations is wonderful because of how interesting everything looks in the cel-shading art style and how fluid every animation is.
And man is this game beautiful.
How were the developers able to make the Super Nintendo do that? It looks incredible in motion. The first “puzzle” is getting past a weird demon monkey thing, and seeing it drop down and roar right at the screen would have been mindblowing in 1992, and I’m curious if any other SNES games try to achieve a similar effect.
Out of This World also shares many visual and storytelling features with Sierra and LucasArts point-and-click adventure games from the era. But still, no matter how impressive the game is, the constant failure and redoing sections gets on my nerves. Even then, the main reason you shouldn’t play Out of This World on the SNES is that there are better ways to play it. Grab it on Steam instead. Have a walkthrough handy.
Tomorrow: There can’t be a better game to follow this one than Prince of Persia. More cinematic action!