Saturday, August 24, 2013

No Money, No Problem: Outer Wilds

Title: Outer Wilds
Developer: Alex Beachum
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Price: Free 
Space...the final frontier. Famous words, but how many games have allowed you to explore that frontier without limits, to discover new worlds, or even save the universe? Outer Wilds lets you do just that.
A short summary of the game from the developer's site best illustrates Outer World's ambitious nature:
"Outer Wilds is a space exploration game that invites you to embark on a cosmic expedition into a turbulent world driven by forces beyond your control. Let curiosity be your guide as you fly into the heart of a gas giant, meet fellow travelers on quantum moons, and roast marshmallows beneath alien skies."
You only have twenty minutes. After that, it's game over...literally. The Sun goes super nova and the Universe is over. But the potential opportunities in those twenty minutes are astounding. Learn the basics, practice zero gravity flight, fly a remote drone, admire the beautiful planet and star filled sky. Land your craft on unexplored worlds, meet new species both friendly and hostile. Maybe you'll even find a way to save us all.
Outer Wilds is best experienced with a gamepad and may have performance issues on less powerful computers. Give this atmospheric space adventure a try. You won't regret it and best of all, you don't have to spend a cent. 

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