Indie Spotlight: Outer Wilds

Not to be confused with Obsidian Games’ “The Outer Worlds,” Outer Wilds by Mobius Digital is a space exploration game with a simplistic style that gives players exactly what they want in an exploration game without trying to add too many elements into it.

Also you can cook marshmallows. Best game ever.

Unfortunately this article will have to be a short one so as to avoid spoiler territory as the game leans heavily on narrative, world building, experimentation, and learning as you go. If you’re the type of player who prefers to try multiple different ideas on tackling an obstacle without giving in to looking up the answer, this game is for you. Or if you just like the idea of space exploration and traveling unknown territories, this game would also be great for you.

We have liftoff!

The basic principle of the game is that you will be given your own personal spaceship to fly around a fictional solar system tasked with learning more about an alien species that has left their remnants, artifacts, and writing across all celestial bodies in the system. You’re given a translator for the alien dialect, and device that can detect sound waves from the other side of the solar system, and a probe with a camera that can either be launched or take static first person photos. As you go through the game you will not receive any new gear, no upgrades, no quests or missions to take on. Theoretically you can beat the game within half an hour from starting. The kicker of it is finding out how to beat the game. You’ll fly around, explore, learn some lore which may teach you how to get past certain obstacles with the tools you have, or also find some lore that may point towards something worth investigating on another planet. You’ll also find out more about this alien species, what they were doing, where they came from, and how you may be able to complete their mission. On top of everything, there is one more mechanic I won’t go too far into, but suffice to say whatever you choose to investigate you may want to do so quickly. Twenty one minutes after your first launch, keep an eye on the sky, listen for the musical queue, and keep your eyes on the sky and see what happens.

An entire solar system of exploration!

If you’re interested in playing it, you can follow the link below to buy the game off of Amazon which will help support me, although only the Xbox One version is available. Otherwise, click on any of the other images in the article to buy the game off of Steam for your computer!

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