Howdy peeps and welcome to Day #15 of Month of Nostalgic Video Game Reviews 2! This is a blog series where I review video games from my childhood. Today’s game is one of the most creepy and different games I came across in the 90s, today we discuss Out of This World (Another World) for the Sega Mega Drive!
Out of This World was a platform game originally released for the Amiga, Atari ST in 1991, it later got ported to several other consoles in 1992 including Apple IIGS, DOS, SNES and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. The version we’ll be talking about in the Mega Drive edition.
In the game the protagonist known as Lester could run, jump, attack and perform other, situation specific actions such as rocking a cage back and forth. At the start of the game, Lester is unarmed, as he is able to kick at small creatures but is otherwise defenseless. Later on you acquire a laser pistol from a fallen foe and it has three capabilities: a standard fire mode, the ability to create force fields to block enemy fire, and a powerful charged shot that can break through force fields and some walls. Eventually, Lester also gains a plasma ball that can be used like a grenade to defeat foes. Enemies also have the same capabilities, requiring the player to take advantage of the three gun modes and the environment to overcome them.
Lester and his alien ally cannot sustain any damage, and the game ends immediately if either of them is struck by a projectile or comes in contact with an animal or an environmental hazard. However, the game uses numerous checkpoints enabling the player to keep restarting at the last point indefinitely. The game provides no clues as to what to do next, features no HUD (with an exception of oxygen bar during the swimming sequences) and no on-screen text, and the characters the player meets speak in unintelligible alien language.
Out of This World was one of those games that was just beyond words, it needed to be played to in order to be understood. It was one of the game’s I owned for a short while before my mum gave it away to my cousins along with a list of my other Mega Drive titles. So most times I got to play this was when I went their house in London. This game was right scary when I was younger, I’ll never forget the dark and creepy atmosphere of this game as a kid. It was very cold, empty and cinematic. The game through into the action straight away as you had to swim out a lake and then as you travelled from location to location on different screens I’d get killed by various things from boulders to bottomless pits or leeches or this weird dark creature that chased you until he beat you to death! The game was a death trap for kids and you’d really have to pay attention and had precise platforming skills or you’d die, a lot. I never got to see to the end of this game when I was younger so I watched a playthrough on YouTube last year and finally got to see everything from beginning to end and I surprised at how much was going on in the game when it came to cinematic storytelling and gameplay. It really was a special game.
In conclusion Out of This World for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was one of those games that was really ahead of its time. It was different, innovative, atmospheric and memorable in the minds of every gamer who played it at the time. Even though I never got that far in it, I can now see the significance of the game and comprehend why it’s such a big deal. If you can find a way to play this game give it a try, I think you’ll be surprised.
Well that’s another game review done, just 15 days left to go! Looks like we’re at the half way point already haha. Remember if you have experiences with this game or any of the following ones do comment below! I’ll see ya tomorrow with another nostalgic video game review yo! 😀