It’s a truly spiteful game you can’t put down. Sure, it’s packaged as a game about, oh, seeking out new worlds and alien civilizations, boldly going where no one has gone before (naa naa nananaaa). But it’s actually a game about emptiness, wretchedness, and soliloquy as the principal feature while you play, also utterly alone.
Whereas other games ask for a smidgen of luck, a brush of skill, or a happy combination of both, Out There requires tons of luck and tons of skill at once. It’s a merciless game fueled by haphazard mechanics, suited to be fully enjoyed only by the brightest and boldest minds.
Yes, I’m also into that happy Store reviewing craze, bit isn’t as fun as in Steam.
Anyway, just in case you don’t know what Out There is, here you are, along with a neat download button ready to pull $4 from your pocket. Luckily, there aren’t any DLCs, because we’d buy’em, too.
Honoris Causa: Out There
Cope with aliens! It’s like submitting an app to the Apple Store, but much easier!
AND we thought you might like to know that Mi-Clos, Out There’s developer, has announced an Omega Edition with a new ending, new starships, new aliens, and new newnesses still to discover.
The running option has been keeping wizards alive for thousands of years
Wizard’s Choice is a neat example of how choose-your-own-adventures have found mobile to be a propitious place to dwell and thrive. Wizard’s Choice is here as the spearhead of other Delight games, like Deep Space Huntress. Some witty fourth wall undermining helps, too. The first chapter is for free. The rest aren’t, in a formula we are slowly getting used to.
I always wonder if our young witch will end like Justine, or worse.
Choice of Romance was the first Choice of Games‘ title we heard of, and though it feels dated (by the smartphone scale), it has a strong community where you can learn and use gamebook editing tools and even submit your own “Choice of” creations and make a 50/50 deal with them.
Now we’re talking! Infinite Universe includes the bloody cold feel of dice rolling over the table, ruling who lives and who doesn’t. Tin Man Games is working hard to fetch all the magic of gamebooks. Along with other sci-fi games such as Starship Traveller, there are enough varied titles as to sink a battleship.
The mighty Burrowcrawler, a rare and infamous encounter well remembered by Lone Wolf’s fans
Lone Wolf Saga was Joe Dever’s gift to the world, and can be enjoyed for free for Android. It’s an epic quest for a young war monk after his monastery is razed by forces of Darkness, causing him to gather all the artifacts required to restore balance to the universe. Intrigue for tens and tens of hours as your character evolves and gets closer to be a true master of MagnaKai.
I can’t decide between The Death of Pop Music and a Zombie Badger Uprising.
If you praised Out There for its difficulty, well, Totally Random Hero walks a similar path, so blame me not if you miserably die from the attacks of a feeble starving rat or something worse while you pathetically crawl and fumble looking for the Gloves of Worthlessness.
There’s an option to execute your friends if they get infected or you’re running short of food. Better safe than zombie.
Blatantly inspired by Oregon Trail, dysentery included, your goal in Organ Trail is to reach Seattle from Washington in a post-zombie outbreak scenario. It’d be easier if all the Corn Belt wasn’t a nuclear wasteland. Fortunately, you have a few friends on your side… and Lady Death herself lurking at every turn of the road.
The black and white and red artwork is pretty artsy, too.
Sword and Glory fixes something Out There lacks: it has vikings, which are somehow cooler than ninjas but less so than pirates. Jokes apart, Sword and Glory not only has a lot of life or death choices, but also brawls and fights, widening the array of ways to reach Valhalla and meet your ancestors.
Moral plays an important role in Overlive, often more than food.
MOar zombies! Survive the post-apocalypse by gathering food and goods in Overlive, building up resources and exploring the remnants of a former bright and flourishing big city. Strive to avoid the undead, deal with survivors and keep an eye of self-armed militias. It’s a huge game with little if any margin for error, a virtue shared by many of the games in this list.
An overhauled combat system and free roam options are the key to really be able to choice your own adventure
It happens that Sorcery! made to the top of this list by some kind of wizardry or witchcraft. Anyway, Sorcery represents the pinnacle of how gamebooks of yore can revive stronger than ever on mobile platforms. It might not have the innate cruelty of Out There, but you can easily die if you aren’t paying attention.
Inkle’s masterpiece is to be launched on July 24th for iPad, but it’ll eventually be released for Android. As far as we know (as part of the few privileged who have already played it) it’d easily overtake the rest of this list. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy our awesome interview with Inkle’s creative staff about why 80 Days will be so great.
How would you like gamebooks to be in the future? What do you expect of Out There’s upcoming update? Were gamebooks your first steps into RPGing? See those blank spaces below? They’re for leaving your comments!
This article was written and published by Appszoom editor Peter Warrior (@PeterWarrior_AZ), who’s still waiting for someone to port JH Brennan’s Grail Quest gamebooks to Android.