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Another World

 

 

SCORE: 70

 

Another World 

 

Want to know things that can make you feel old? Games you remember from a long time ago having an anniversary. Another World is having its 20th anniversary. Congratulations! The video game industry could use your style of game play back in the lime light on center stage. Modern gamers can find themselves perplexed by Another World. What are they supposed to do? How do I progress? What is the goal?

Oh my goodness I realized I forgot to mention an important fact about Another World. This is on the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. DotEmu has done a fantastic job of getting Another World down into the little hand held, and the not so little hand held. This is a huge game for this platform. I was extremely shocked when our wonderful PR contact told me about it. This is like gettting Myst or Bible Adventures - extremely well known games from the past.

The graphical style in Another World shows some blocky-ness. If that is even a word. If not, I am making them up today. Stark colors contrast exceptionally well in Another World. The animation is better than I was expecting. Little worm like creatures crawl better than I expected them to. There are two visual modes depending on how powerful your little hand held is. There are violent images as your poor character Lester Knight Chaykin can die. He can die in all kinds of ways. The goal is to keep him alive.

The story is generally told in Another World with images. Lester is performing an experiment that goes wrong, and winds up on another world. If you are like me you probably dreamed about such things. Well that dream was made into a video game. The music fits the theme of this game. Parts of Another World can be quiet which make it feel lonely. In a lot of ways that is how Lester is.

How good are you? How many video game skills do you have? Another World will test them. It can take multiple tries to figure out how to solve a certain area. If you are a glutton for punishment you can attempt to play even harder versions of Another World. I am not one of those gluttons. The price is $4.99 for Another World. That is a universal download that works on iPhone/iPod Touch, and iPad.

Another World has two main control schemes. I played around with each of them before deciding to go with the on screen control pad. This just worked better for me. Others like to use the tapping control screen method. Either way Another World plays great. I was concerned about that when I first heard about this game. But my concerns were unfounded. Another World will make players think. How to solve something, and when to do what.

I love the goal of keeping Lester alive in Another World. Dying just allows the player to restart that area. This can be annoying because players have to repeat the same steps over and over again. On the flip side it can lead the player to notice things they had previously missed. The lessons I gleaned from Another World is there are a lot of things that want to destroy me. I need to be vigilant to stay alive.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 60%
Sound: 69%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 78%
Family Friendly Factor: 64%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
Publisher: Bulkypix
Rating: '12+
' - 12+
{Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity, Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence}

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