Out There Somewhere

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Out There Somewhere on Steam

MSRP: $1.99

Platforms: Win, Mac

Release: 3/14/16

Steam rating: 93% positive


If you’ve hit that point where you just can’t find anything to play, but you don’t want to spend a whole lot of money, well, then you haven’t been paying attention all year, but I’ll forgive you for that.   Instead, I’m going to direct you to Out There Somewhere, a short retro puzzle platformer that’s currently on sale for $0.49. That’s the kind of money that ends up kicking around in your Steam wallet from selling trading cards*.

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After fighting a brief, but unwinnable space battle, you crash land on a planet with one goal – fix up your spaceship so you can get back into the fight.  But Out There Somewhere isn’t about the fight – it’s about the search.  And the search will make you feel both clever and stupid, and it will likely be frustrating, but oh goodness, will it be satisfying when you get it all figured out.

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Like in most platformer games, you can jump to get around, and lava hurts. Out There Somewhere also gives you a teleport gun that can only be aimed in a straight line, and it’s up to you to figure out how and when the teleport gun is your best (or only) option for getting around.

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If you’re very skilled or very good at thinking fast, you can probably complete the entire game in about an hour.  I’m fairly sure it’ll take me at least twice that, not even taking into account the ragequits that are bound to happen.  Out There Somewhere isn’t going to hold your hand past the first few screens – you’re going to have to puzzle this one out on your own. There are achievements that add some replayability, but seriously, how much replay value do you need for less than a dollar? That’s what I thought. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

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