When I was a teenager, I quenched my gaming thirst With games for the Commodore 641 and newly emerging games for the PC (let’s hear it for MS-DOS!), which was slowly becoming more and more cool. There were two games in particular (both from Delphine) that I remember that have since made a comeback of sorts: Flashback and Éric Chahi’s Out of This World. Both of these games were similar in many ways and very different. Out of This World (20th Anniversary Edition) is one of the games that can currently be played on the OUYA (where it’s called Another World), and I tried out the demo recently to see what it was like.
Another World is the story of Lester Knight Chaykin, as scientist who was attempting to figure out the origin of everything and ended up finding something else entirely, as we find out in the opening cut-scene. While working on a particle physics experiment, a lightning bold strikes part of the lab, creating an interfering particle that causes an unanticipated fusion. This reaction opens a hole in the space/time continuum and warps Lester to another planet. From here, Lester must figure out how to survive.
From here, game-play is all about trial and error. Part platform-puzzler, part action, you guide Lester using simple controls through a hostile environment in which practically everything is a source of danger. Death can come quickly – and it does so frustratingly often. This game is a challenging test of patience, as the instructions are few and far between. Checkpoints are also maddeningly placed, with the player having to repeat long sequences of odd patterns of movement. It’s how games used to be made – and it is awesome.
Graphics have been cleaned up for HD, which makes the game nicer to look at as you repeatedly kick the bucket2. Players have the option to play the game in its original graphical state, as well – but there is no point as the essence of the title really shines through with the updated visuals. Sound has also been maintained to ensure that the experience is the same as it was back in the day – but it has been remastered for our modern ear. Further enhancing this OUYA experience are minimal load times and great sensitivity from the controller. In many ways, this game is a tribute to itself!
Another World’s resurrection by Chahi is a Godsend for a few reasons (aside from the fact that it is an awesome game). First of all, it is a great way to bring back memories of our earlier years; secondly, it is a great title to have available on the OUYA; finally, it allows youngsters to see how tough videogames were back in the day. If you haven’t tried out the demo, I suggest that you do; it’s a great game that, while not as pretty as some current titles, will challenge you and bring a smile to your face – whether you have played it before or not. This re-release comes with three difficulty levels that will either ease you into the game, or push you to your limits. I daresay you may find yourself forking over the small amount of dough for the full game!