Out of this World
Out of this World, known as Another World outside of North America, is a cinematic action adventure game originally released in 1991 for the Amiga and Atari ST. This game reminds me a lot of Karateka and the developer was in fact influenced by Karateka and Impossible Mission. It’s use of cut-scenes and cinematic effects was unique for the time and influenced later games like Metal Gear and many others.
The plot of Out of this World involves a physicist who is involved in an accident that transports him to an alien world. Here he is taken prisoner and with the help of another alien he must escape. Game play is pretty straightforward with controls that allow you to run and jump and perform other situation specific actions. Early in the game you can only kick at your opponents but you eventually obtain a laser pistol with various firing modes.
Out of this World was hugely successful and was ported to a very large number of platforms over the years. In 1992 it made its way to DOS based computers, the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, 3DO, and Apple IIGS (which was a port of the SNES version). A Sega CD version was also released that included a sequel exclusive to that platform, Heart of the Alien. Later in 2006 a Pocket PC version was released followed by a 15th anniversary edition for Windows XP. In 2011 a 20th anniversary edition was released initially for iOS and Android and then over the next few years via Steam, GoG and for various consoles such as the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. An Atari Jaguar version was originally planned for 1994 but its release was cancelled. It was enhanced and eventually released in 2013.
Throughout the years, Out of this World was enhanced and improved somewhat but remained mostly the same game. The vast majority of the versions released are very good. The worst criticism is probably that the game is too short. The easiest way to play today is to pick it up via Steam or GoG or to grab any of the console versions. They are all good, including the Atari Jaguar version though it is perhaps the most difficult to obtain. This is definitely a game you should try in one form or another. There haven’t been any further sequels but there have been some games strongly influenced by Out of this World, including the Flashback, Heart of Darkness and others.
The ad at the top is from 1992 and features the Amiga and MS-DOS versions. Screen shots are from the Amiga version of the game.