There are a lot of great Indie games floating around on the web, and waiting on a release date can be tough. Giving users early Beta and Alpha access has become a lot more popular over the past couple of years, and with that in mind we’ve decided to start taking a look at some Beta’s, and we’re starting with Out There from Mi-Clos Studio.
Out There is a space-based adventure game that puts you in the role of a lonely astronaut trapped in his spaceship far from home. Think ‘Gravity’ but sans Sandra Bullock and much farther out in space – with aliens. Your goal (at this point) is to basically see how long you can survive on limited resources, and it’s just as tricky as it sounds.
The gameplay consists of travelling from one system to the next, scavenging resources and trying not to run out of fuel or air. Thankfully, you are in a ship, but that’s just one more thing to worry about as hull’s can be breached quite easily in space. A lot of the actions you’ll take in Out There can cause damage to your craft so you’ll have to think twice before landing to mine for ore. Yup, you can mine ore and other precious metals from planets, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Out There is shaping up to be a massive game, and in its current state you can mine for ore, probe for fuel and converse with alien life forms when you find them. You’ll find all kinds of alien technologies among the stars, but the decision to search for an alien artifact could be your last. Decisions play a major part of the game, and there are a lot of tricky choices to be made. Feel like wiping out a galaxy? You can do that with some alien tech, or you can spawn life on a barren planet. The choice is yours…
In its current form, we’re only getting around 30% of Out There. Once you’ve played the game you’ll realize how impressive this is as Mi-Clos Studio has done an amazing job with the game so far. You’ll encounter some of the same events and aliens each time out, but the map is random, so you’re just as likely to find a string of black holes (not fun) in place of the space station that was there last time. It may not be action-packed like FTL or Star Command, but it’s not supposed to be – that’s not what Out There is about.
Out There is scheduled to be released for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac in Q1 of 2014, and if the solidness of the Beta is any indication of things, hopefully it will be soon. If you want to get in on the Beta, you can pre-order Out There for $3.99 and get Beta access on their official site at the link below. Expect to hear a lot more about this one when it’s released. It’s quickly become a favorite of ours, and it’s a game definitely worth keeping tabs on.