Another World

Nothing like sitting back at the computer, opening up a cold one, and getting teleported to an unfamiliar and hostile world.

Originally released on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST home computers in 1991, Another World was the result of one man’s hard work. Eric Chahi, the creator of Another World (known as Out of This World in America and Outer World in Japan), tired with the creative constraints from realizing other people’s ideas, decided to try his hand at creating his own game independently. Two years of hard work resulted in what would become one of the most important video games to come out of Europe!

Another World is a puzzle platformer with an emphasis on presentation, a cinematic platformer. Inspired by similarly styled games before it, most notably, the original Prince of Persia, Another World shows off detailed gameplay animations and animated cutscenes which were able to fit on relatively low capacity floppy disks by using vector animation instead of traditional frame-by-frame animation. Like most games of this genre, the controls feel a bit stiff and the game’s pacing is slow and deliberate. Although these design choices may initially come off as lazy, playing through the game makes it clear that these are intentional design choices that emphasize the fact that the character is just a normal human.

Another World would go on to wow many gamers with it’s impressive graphics and introduce innovative story telling techniques to video games. Many developers would find inspiration in this game including such names as Hideo Kojima (creator of Metal Gear) and Suda51 (creator of No More Heroes).

The success that Another World saw resulted in many ports to a multitude of consoles of the time including the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, MS-DOS, 3DO, Sega CD, etc. The game also received 15th and 20th anniversary remasters on several modern platforms including Steam, PS3, PS Vita, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, and mobile to name a few. If you want to experience some video gaming history, check out Another World!

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