Have Game, Will Play: Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

Another World aka Out of This World(US)/Outer World(Japan), designed by Eric Chahi, is a classic adventure game where players take control of a scientist named Lester.  Apparently Lester is doing fairly well for himself as he is seen in the beginning driving to work in a Ferrari. Whether he is leasing or owns the car is a moot point as an experiment he is working on transports him to, you guessed it!, Another World.

The Xbox One version has some graphical and audio enhancements but it retains the feel of the original game. There is no dialogue and yet the game manages to tell a great story. Unlike many current games, there are no tutorials or pop-ups instructing you on what to do. You initially face some single-toothed slugs which can be kicked with the action button. Soon you learn, due to trial, error and an enormous pursuing beast, that there is a button that allows running and jumping. The aforementioned action button later translates to firing a laser gun that can produce shields and turn your captors into mere ashes. Lester is very much out of his element and soon meets an unlikely ally who will aid him.  The game is somewhat brief but I still had enough time to care for Lester and his unnamed alien(ironic since you are likely on his planet) friend.

Having played Another World 20 years ago I was very pleased to go back and rediscover it. Another World still holds up despite forcing you to constantly try and fail in order to make progress. Regardless of your familiarity with it, Another World is a classic worthy of an initial and repeated playthrough.

Recommendation: Worth a buy
Full Disclosure: This Xbox One version of this game was provided to GameEnthus by the publisher.
Genre: action adventure
Developer: Martial Hesse-Dreville
Publisher: The Digital Lounge
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Vita, PS3, PC
Price: $7.99


Worth a buy – paying full price for fans of the series or genre makes sense – often includes a caveat
Worth a buy on sale – not quite full price worthy but close, – often includes a caveat
No – borrow it if you must play it
Please no – Don’t waste any time and/or money on it


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