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  • Summary: Exiled at the ends of an unknown galaxy, an astronaut must survive to find his way back to Earth.

    You are this astronaut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 11, 2014
    Simple to grasp and difficult to master, Out There is a dark but richly entertaining story of survival.
  2. Mar 5, 2014
    It works because Out There gets the threat of death right.
  3. Mar 7, 2014
    Despite a few niggling issues, Out There's melancholy atmosphere and challenging resource management will have you coming back for seconds. And thirds.
  4. Mar 3, 2014
    While Out There is indisputably a well-crafted game, it’s also a game designed to cater to a specific crowd. Its harsh, survival-oriented gameplay harkens back to PC games of old, and though there are a number of choices which hamper the title’s replayability, it’s still a uniquely memorable experience which will provide countless hours of fun for gamers who don’t mind frequently failing at a slow pace.
  5. Apr 9, 2014
    Solidly built and continually compelling. [May 2014, p.82]
  6. Mar 12, 2014
    Out There brings a great and melancholic journey in deep space, but the extreme reliance on luck can be frustrating.
  7. Feb 27, 2014
    Out There is some kind of science fiction gamebook, where the difficulty changes depending the end you want to reach. This rogue-like doesn't feature combats, but it is still very interesting. And for this price, you should definitely try it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 10, 2014
    Out There offers a beautifully bleak experience. It has it all: a great plot; an appealing comic book aesthetic; otherworldly sounds; and simple, infuriating and compelling gameplay. As you pilot a lone starship on the edge of the universe, scrambling for resources to fuel and fix the ship - and keep breathing - you realise how unforgiving an environment deep space would be. It is very tough at the beginning. There were a number of occasions when I howled with annoyance as I died on the brink of reaching a critical solar system - and then howled again when I realised I could have gotten further if only I'd cannibalised some of my gadgets for an extra lump of iron or something. However, the frustrations are part of the joy of the game, and I found myself starting over and over again to complete all three rather dispiriting storylines. Worth the effort. Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2014
    Really really fun game. Whoever made this is a creative writing genius on the level of Michael Crichton. He knows how to develop believable tension using an understanding of physics on the level of a a PhD in Theoretical Physics. This is what I wanted out of Sorcery 2 and but its even better than that. On top of having better writing they take away the rewind option that's available in the Sorcery series making every decision you make feel like it could cost you your life. The clever and complex writing along with the well crafted space noir music lend well to creating this lonely, isolated, mysterious atmosphere, where you feel like you are trapped in the vastness of the cosmos searching for a way home that might not even exist. That makes this game extremely good. This game feels a bit like sorcery because each decision must be carefully made and can lead to death, but you feel the danger and tension are much greater because when you die in this game there's no rewind option. There is a greater random element to Out There that pushes your thought processes to make the best calculations possible to survive, because so many times the worst of luck can kill you, and the longer you survive, pushes that luck. There is a sense of urgency in Out There which translates to making every choice count, and also makes every death hurt oh so good. The sense of urgency is akin to the movie Gravity, where every choice seemed so important it could lead to survival or death. Likewise the atmosphere of loneliness and isolation are akin to the movie Gravity around the time after everyone died and there was only one astronaut left, and she started feeling desperate depressed, scared of not having enough oxygen or fuel, and started hallucinating, and dreaming of her past life on earth and dreaming of her dead child, I imagine you die a lot or you're very clever and solve the game on few tries. I am belong to the group that died many times. Reaching the end of this game will feel like like an epic accomplishment. Update: I just Beat it! wow what an AMAZING ending. Excellent writing!! Update: Kept on playing, there are multiple endings, i only beat the easiest ending. Replay value is very high! Update 3, i thought i got to the 3rd ending and the story has crazy plot twist. All the endings seem tied together beautifully w/o conflict. Story is very complex and seems as if its written by a theoretical physicist / philosopher / master story teller. Do not pick this game up if you you have something important to do for the next two weeks . Update: i just beat another seems like there may be one or two more endings? Beating this game is better than beating ANY game ever made. They need to make a movie out of this game and this should get Alfonso Cuaron to direct it. Update: Just got the third Evil ending. It''s pretty damn good lol Expand
  3. Apr 27, 2014
    This is the game I just keep coming back to.

    I was really looking forward to the release of this game, but then I hesitated because of its
    permadeath. I'm not into roguelikes, and I'm used to games that only move forward, games that may have you stuck at some point, but never have you start all over.

    It turns out that's the best part of the game!

    Once you get the hang of it every attempt at reaching home feels like a journey telling others about. Sure, you'll die. A lot. Probably you will never finish the game completely. *SPOILER* I got to the easy green ending rather easily, and I've crossed the blue ending a couple of times without anything happening (you probably have to destroy the enemy's star with a Death Seed, which I didn't have at those times). I even got to the red ending once, but it turned out to give you another mission, for which I didn't have enough resources anymore.*END OF SPOILERS*.

    I guess I'll be playing this game for some time. I just hope the developer will be adding new stuff. That would be perfect for a game like this.
  4. Aug 2, 2014
    This is a well done text adventure, with a space theme. It really made me try and try again until reach the end of the adventure. I loved the graphics and the sound, yet repetitive is appropriate. It is a small game, but its quality make me say.... two thumbs up! Expand
  5. Apr 5, 2014
    Mix "Out there" with "FTL:AE" and you would get the best Game for iPad in the App Store.
    "Out there" is great, but lacks a bit of diversity.
    But it is fun to play and challenging. Get it, you won`t regret it! Expand
  6. Sep 12, 2014
    It is repetitive and sometimes unfair - like when you just can't find oxygen in a whole game and you die because of that - but still fun. It is only aesthetically comparable to FTL, as sometimes the game-play reminds me more of Mafia Wars, but with very good writing and writings are not a minor thing here. To me it is a 7, maybe a 7.5. Expand