Also known as Out Of This World™, Another World is a pioneer action/platformer that released across more than a dozen platforms since its debut in 1991. Along the years, Another World™ has attained cult status among critics and sophisticated gamers alike.
User reviews: Very Positive (457 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 4, 2013

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“Another World is a landmark game for a host of reasons, from the 2D polygonal work to its excellent narrative.”
8.5/10 – IGN

“A great example of how to offer a classic game to a new audience with improved graphics and sound for a low price.”
8/10 – Destructoid

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About This Game

Also known as Out Of This World™, Another World is a pioneer action/platformer that released across more than a dozen platforms since its debut in 1991. Along the years, Another World™ has attained cult status among critics and sophisticated gamers alike.

Another World™ chronicles the story of Lester Knight Chaykin a young scientist hurtled through space and time by a nuclear experiment that goes wrong. In an alien and inhospitable world, you will have to dodge, outwit, and overcome the host of alien monsters, while surviving an environment as deadly as your enemies. Only a perfect blend of logic and skill will get you past the deadly obstacles that lie in wait.

Key Features:

  • Remastered presentation: a joint effort between visionary game-designer Eric Chahi and developer DotEmu, Another World is back in its 20th Anniversary Edition with High Definition graphics faithful to the original design.
  • 3 difficulty modes: Normal (easier than original game), Difficult (Equal to original game) and Hardcore (more difficult than original game)
  • A new immersive experience: rediscover a cult adventure with 100% remastered sounds and FX
  • Social features: Steamworks™ integration with 13 achievements.
  • Extra features: development diary, making of video, technical handbook

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHZ
    • Memory: 512 MB/2048 MB (Vista/7/8)
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7
    • Processor: 1.6 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.10 or similar.
    • Processor: 1.6 GHZ (32 and 64 bit supported)
    • Memory: 2048 MB
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Another World has been remembered for over two decades now because of the uniquely cohesive experience and sleek vectorized visuals it offers, from a time where graphics and storytelling were often terse and stilted.

While this game is short, not much longer than two hours, those two hours have been solely designed by French artist Eric Chahi, and intimate attention has been paid to the detailed backgrounds, foregrounds and animations. Pacing and level design have been carefully decided to fit the overall theme.

This comes from an era where all this fit on two floppy disks -- this entire game had to fit in just under 3MB. So while music and sound may seem sparse, and some areas seem underpopulated or underdetailed, just realize this entire game was the same size as a modern-day high-resolution background image.

As a result of being designed around these limitations, what the game does have and does do, it does very well. Another World is a game that manages to have both atmosphere and style, in a tightly-knit package.

As for the actual gameplay, it is enjoyable -- combat is intense and quick, leading to frequent deaths but the kind of feeling that will keep you on your toes. Puzzles are sometimes unusual, I think more an indication of the era the game came from -- puzzle logic even in most story-driven games for the time (point-and-click adventure games) were often unforgiving and exacting. So while this game has some odd puzzles, its quick respawns and common checkpoints often allow you to figure out the way through quickly without too much frustration from quick successive deaths.

Overall, a surprisingly unique and strong narrative for the time, relying on virtually no written or spoken word. As for it's price point: 10 dollars is not unfair to ask, and those who have played this before might be willing to drop that much for the nostalgia factor. For most other people, 10 dollars can certainly get you a lot more than two hours of gameplay. But, as a milestone in video game history, and as an experience that still stands on its own merits, it's still worth giving it your time -- it doesn't ask for much.

P.S. Another World will likely be going on seasonal sale at 2.50USD from its current 10USD price point, as it has during the Summer 2014 Steam Sale. If you're on the fence, I'd strongly recommend picking it up during the next wave of seasonal sales.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
I remember this game on the amiga from my childhood with fond and frustrating memories.

This remake is true to the original with only subtle changes and an all new hard mode. The main character manages to get through the entire tale without saying a word which is fairly impressive given the minimal graphics and sound.

(Only watch this video if you dont mind SPOILERS!)
http://youtu.be/1XzhL_j8kx4
Posted: October 11
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0.2 hrs on record
This is great... try
Posted: October 10
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0.7 hrs on record
The old and interesting game.
Another world, and there you are all alone.
Well, not quite alone - surrounded by strange creatures and dangers.
Every wrong move could cost lives.
I recommend to all.
Posted: September 26
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0.8 hrs on record
Such an amazing game that takes me back to my childhood. The graphics are 'meh' but were groundbreaking at the time. I love playing this game. :-)
Posted: October 12
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1.6 hrs on record
cool game but hard as ♥♥♥♥
Posted: October 12
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2.5 hrs on record
While I had still a DOS operating system I had visitors (pilgrims actually) sleeping in my house for a few days, once they were leaving and saw me in front of the PC (of course browsing the "Games" folder) one of them asked "Is "ANOTHER" the game Another World?". I just happily nodded and knew that there is a reason why everybody knows such a game :)

How to say no to oldschool stuff from any gamers childhood? In 2014 still a viable and great game, highly recommended!
Posted: October 13
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2.6 hrs on record
As the first game of any kind to use rotoscope animations and limited polygonal construction - totally amazing experience on a PC in the 80s. Sound and timing of sounds was unbelievably good. I can still here the alien prison guards, yelling "Wacheng ala! Wacheng ala!". Port of this classic well worth it for the library. So many good design elements here, especially given the limitations of early machines. Highly Recommend.
Posted: October 13
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2.2 hrs on record
Another World was simply amazing when it came out on the Amiga and PC back in 1991 and this new 20th Anniversary edition brings back all of teh excitement and superb story. A great game that I would recommend to anyone, its still a challenge but as you can see by my 100% Achivement on this game it is well worth the money.
Posted: October 7
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3.0 hrs on record
There are awful ports and there are great ports. And then there's things like this where they were off to a great start and just stopped caring halfway through. The graphics have been beautifully done and in theory the new presentation with custom graphic and input options are perfect. The problem is that this entire thing plays like it's still in beta.

This game crashes with such regularity it's not even funny. Also, the checkpoint system is absolutely atrocious. I've seen some mind-bogglingly dumb check point systems in my day and this one can hang tough with the dumbest. At one point you get a check point every other screen and then by the caves it's like 5 minutes of perfect game play to reach one new point where you hopefully can try ONE thing before getting wasted and having to repeat the sequence just to get a shot at figuring out the next step. Another World / OOTW may be a classic, but this just doesn't pass for good gameplay anymore.

If you know the game already like the back of your hand, this might not be an issue, but for anyone going through the first time or for the first time in a while, this is exactly the kind of thing that would make you kick it to the curb. The stupidity is just overwhelming to me. How hard would it be to just let players quick save? Or just auto save every screen or two screens? What would that take away from the game? Absolutely nothing other than inflated BS playtime. Throw in the fact that this thing runs about about a stable as a bomb on stilts in Windows 8.1 and you have a recipe for rage, when revisiting this classic should be a joyous occaison.
Posted: October 4
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2.3 hrs on record
I played Another World a lot as a child on the SNES under the name "Out of this World". This game brings me back to a simpler time when games were far shorter and much more brutal and unforgiving. The 20th aniversary edition is essentially the same game I used to play with the exception of polishing the graphics and adding achievements. If you were a fan of the origonal than you will love this version. The controller support is excellent.

Do not expect a lot of replay value as the game is short but beating the game is a challenge in itself.

If you are an old school gamer this should go into your steam collection right away!
Posted: October 9
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2.4 hrs on record
A great classic remastered for modern computers. My first experience with this game was on the SNES (then called Out of this World), so it was cool to revisit it now after so many years. The game is largely the same, only differences being the retouched visuals and sounds for the re-release. Its a great platformer with some interesting and difficult combat segments and puzzles where you have to really think to get through. From start to finish the game is actually quite short, only clocking in at a couple hours or so, if you know what you're doing. Because of its trial and error oriented gameplay however, that time can be extended quite a bit. I'd give this a solid recommendation to anyone, its definitely a classic worth experiencing.
Posted: October 9
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0.4 hrs on record
Mycaruba
Posted: October 14
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0.1 hrs on record
This is a nostalgy trip, nothing more. The world and the aesthetics are mezmerizing, but he actual game which is at the core of the experience is horrendous by todays standards. It is cruelly clumsy and unforgiving trial and error, i didnt even get through the first 10 minutes because the game was simply no fun to play.
Posted: October 14
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2.6 hrs on record
Life Die Repeat
Posted: October 12
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1.9 hrs on record
A long, long time ago (in the mid-90s), me my brother were raging over this, because we didn't knew what to to do or how to play it. We didn't saw a goal, an aim to reach for. Many years later a video review made me to try again. But I negected it for awhile, until recent times. These were my mistakes, that I made. Now I feel that this is a really intense, actionful game, that worth the time. The only problem is: short. If you don't die too much, you can make it through in 110 minutes or even less.
Posted: October 13
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1.5 hrs on record
Un clasico que sigue vigente despues de tanto tiempo. Mas que recomendado. Y se juega perfecto con joystick en pantalla grande
Posted: October 13
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59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
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In 1991 I first played Another World (also known as Outer World and Out of This World in some regions), a game that would have a greater and more lasting impact on me than any other.

On the surface, it seems clear that Another World is a product of its time, and does not align well to some modern dominant design sensibilities. At the time though, it was pushing the envelope with its use of polygons and 'pixigons' and broke with many established motivational paradigms of the era, relying on a desire to explore and drive through the story rather than achieving a score or preserving lives.

In spite of its vintage, there are things that developer Éric Chahi was able to achieve in Another World that I believe are still relevant, enjoyable and worth aspiring to, even twenty one years after its release.


Upon launching the game, the first thing that stands out is its atmosphere. Within the first moments of the intro cinematic, much of the game's tone is set, as the protagonist Lester (who is only named in the credits) is depicted arriving in his Italian sportscar at an isolated lab on a dark and brooding night. Lester immediately comes across as being successful, independent and yet lonely as he is greeted by the lab's AI and seats himself at a solitary workstation. The cinematic's score echoes this, playing an eerie isolated melody leading up to Lester's appearance, which is joined by a purposeful military percussion as he enters his workplace. As the experiment begins, rhythmic tensions builds before suddenly and unexpectedly, Lester and his desk are vapourised, leaving a charred crater with dissipating charge arcing across its surface.

The game itself begins with Lester and his desk materialising beneath the surface of a deep stone pool, a stark contrast to his technically advanced (and air filled) lab. The sense of displacement is real and highlights that Lester is no longer in an environment that he controls.

Another world has very little incidental music, using the intro cinematic to provide an initial sense of tone and pacing before giving way to sound effects. The first several scenes offer a full soundscape, with forlorn wind whistling through a rocky canyon, punctuated by seismic rumbles. All of the game's sound effects feel raw and visceral, adding to the game's air of danger and urgency. As the game progresses, ambient audio becomes more sparse, relying mostly on footfalls and laser fire to fill in the space. As a result of publisher pressure from Interplay[1], the SNES port (and derivatives) feature additional in-game tension music that deviates significantly from the style established in the cinematics. In addition to being out of place, I feel that this also detracts from some of the game's sense of loneliness and isolation.

In contrast to many other games of the era (Civilization, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Lemmings, Street Fighter II and Sonic The Hedgehog, for example) Another World has a comparatively understated 16 colour palette with recurring dominant blue hues that help support its atmosphere of isolation and loneliness. Its muted tones depict an not only an unforgiving and unmoving world (in which Lester with his red hair stands out), but also one that can be eerily beautiful.

The game capitalises on its low-fi presentation, using implied detail over actual detail in a way that allows the player to project and interpret things rather than have them explicitly defined. It's difficult to know how much of this is a happy coincidence due to technical limitation of the time and how much was intentional minimalism, though there are a number of moments where the game gives the player fleeting glimpses of something separated from normal gameplay (using the short city view or black monster cutscenes as an example), enough to only give a sense or impression of what's shown.


Lester is presented for the most part as a "silent protagonist", leaving his character open to player interpretation and projection. Beyond highlighting how out of place he is, the only definition the game gives Lester is when he is shown briefly emoting during his first encounter with members of the alien race (who presumably are indigenous to this planet, leaving Lester the real alien).

There's a degree of history and heritage to the indigenous people depicted within the game, who at once display aspects of technical advancement alongside cultural barbarity, with energy weapons and teleportation providing a stark counterpoint to the apparent slavery and bloodsports.

All three lines of dialogue are delivered in an alien language, two delivered by aggressive guards and one by the companion encountered by the player early in the game. This companion is shown to be amicable, caring and resourceful, and is undoubtedly the most developed character in Another World.

There's a degree of implied co-dependence that Lester and his companion share, and though Lester does not show direct response in game, the manual included with Another World contains a page from Lester's journal expressing concern.

I'm yet to see someone play through the game without feeling a sense of connection to this character, empathy which I believe speaks to the success of Lester's "silent protagonist" role.


The pacing of Another World's gameplay is structured so as to heighten the impact of the game's tension centrepieces. The placement of encounters, obstacles and save points gives the sense that flow and pacing were heavily in mind as the game evolved.

As mentioned earlier, the game relies on players using trial and error (often resulting in death) to explore possibility space and discover solutions. For example, most players' first death will occur whilst they are absorbing the shock of Lester's transition from an air filled lab to beneath the surface of a murky pool. Invariably, all first time players I have observed are quickly pulled down into the depths by a mass of tentacles reaching from below. This first death introduces the notion that this new world (and the game itself) is not a friendly one, and that Lester's immediate task is to survive.

In modern context, this death oriented learning would be considered a negative aspect. At the time of release, the popularity of titles like Dragon's Lair and Sierra's line of adventure games, which heavily featured player death, made this much more accessible. To help make death feel less negative, many of these games employed special death animations or cutscenes as a reward. In particular the death messages/puns and animations in Sierra adventure are highly celebrated. Deaths with cutscenes in Another World are short and in line with the survival horror aesthetic, showing a glimpse of tightly framed jaws or claws in a way that implies the violent outcome without directly depicting it. Several types of deaths don't feature cutscenes and tend to be more graphic and bloody, though the zoomed out perspective gives them lesser impact.

Unlike Dragon's Lair however, each death in Another World (with the exception of combat encounters and platforming obstacles) provides a learning opportunity, and as such, technically isn't an end-state. This perspective feels to be an important aspect of finding Another World enjoyable and rewarding.


Two years before Another World's release, Jordan Mechner's Prince of Persia solidified what would be known as the "cinematic platformer", a style of platformer known for relatively realistic movement and more maturely constructed storytelling...

Continued on Cheesetalks
Posted: September 15
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Well, that took me back to 1991, when I owned an Amiga 500 and an Atari joystick! Its hard to belive that was 23 years ago, and the game is still great. The graphics, animation and ambiance was ahead of its time back then, if your an old fart like me wanting to recapture your youth, or just interested in the classics then I highly recomend this if you have never played it.
Posted: July 1
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
10/10

Played this a long time ago. The 20th Anniversary is a really good deal. I enjoyed the Bonus it brought with it and the new graphics, but the old will always top that. This game is a thriller and at times may be difficult. If you love classics and enjoy some Sci-Fi in your life, one with challenging aspects, this is the game your looking for. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I don't have any words that could describe this game.
Posted: June 30
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