Inspired by Cave Story, Super Metroid, and Portal, you play an explorer stranded on a dangerous alien planet. Low on fuel, your only hope for escape is to find the planet’s core in this incredibly clever action-puzzle-platformer.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (198 reviews) - 90% of the 198 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (4,901 reviews) - 93% of the 4,901 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 14, 2016

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Reviews

“This is challenging stuff, but it's wonderfully creative with it, and I'm not sure I can recommend it enough.”
9/10 – Eurogamer

“Out There Somewhere might just be the best puzzle platformer you’ll play this year”
5/5 – Gamezebo

About This Game

From the artists behind the smash hit Towerfall comes the critically-acclaimed Out There Somewhere.

Inspired by games such as Cave Story and Super Metroid, you play as an astronaut stranded on a strange and dangerous alien planet. Low on fuel, your only hope for escape is to make your way to the planet’s core.

It will take brains and quick reflexes to survive in this incredibly clever action platformer.

“Out There Somewhere isn't a normal game, though: it's a platformer with a devious twist and a truly shocking difficulty curve. It's a platformer with a very late level, for example, that contains absolutely no platforms at all - just empty space and a doorway right near the ceiling. This is challenging stuff, but it's wonderfully creative with it, and I'm not sure I can recommend it enough.”

-Eurogamer 9/10

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP and up
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 and up
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 and up
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Very Positive (198 reviews)
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Very Positive (4,901 reviews)
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MLG LITTEN
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 27
The graphics and game mechanics are super rad

pretty good for an indie
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tattoogunman
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Annoyingly difficult to play, so I quit.
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LeonTech
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
A solid game, love the style and the old throwback gameplay. The game is fun and gave me some joy.
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Tomatoshadow
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I forgot what this game was about or how much I had paid for it. Decided to boot it to see what it was about and was welcomed with a shmup. Nothing all that exciting but it did look nice. Then you're introduced to the bigger part of the game, which is a puzzle platformer of sorts.

I was immediately very impressed by the quality of the game, visually first then everything after. The puzzles were smart but not very complex; not that they were not enjoyable.

I thought I was just starting and next thing I know, and hour or so later, I finished the game. I was a disappointed, especially considering how highly I regarded the game. It showed so much promise.

Then I went to the store page and saw that the game is actually 1$. And I'm fairly certain I bought it on sales.

I don't really feel like playing through it again right now but it was a lot of fun while it lasted and if you are up for it, you can complete more than one playthrough to get more hidden stuff. It's well, well worth the 1$, very short but very high quality.

No ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t, no pointless fillers, this game doesn't try to make up for what it lacks in content by throwing tedious stuff in. Just the essential, just what you need to have fun.
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Samael
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Out There Somewhere feels like an overly long tutorial that ends just when you get to the real game. It's disappointing, because there's definitely potential, but it just ends up being a waste of time. If this were a beta, or compressed a bit and given away as a demo, I'd be moderately impressed.
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kb.ryukaze
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 23
very solid little game, with surprising replay value. anyone who enjoys: space themes, platforming games, or writing that doesn't take itself too seriously - should thoroughly enjoy this game.
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Thaxs (Axel)
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Great puzzle platormer with a fantastic and refreshing movement mechanic.
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BeardedBusker
( 194.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
TL;DR - I know my play time looks insane. You will assuredly not get 190 hours of this game, but you will get 2 of the most fun hours you've had gaming in a while. Buy now!

As my first foray into speedrunning, this game has given me several dozen hours of entertainment beyond what would be expected by reasonable gamers. But I am trying to be unbiased, and think of this game from a casual standpoint.

I still recommend it glowingly.

A quirky 2D platformer with a laser-sharp, utilitarian design approach, Out There Somewhere gives you a light dash of shooting combat, a gentle hint of exploration, and a core game built around puzzle-platforming with a 2D teleport gun. It is bookended by space shooter segments that some reviewers have taken issue with - I won't argue with them for finding these segments disjunct, but I still enjoy them anyway.

It is worth noting that the pace at which new mechanics are introduced is absolutely stellar - far better than many A-list titles. You get a sense for what each button does, a scenario or two that changes your approach, and then a wholly new element just as you are getting comfortable.

It seems like the biggest complaint from most reviewers is the game's short length. Most people should have an easy time earning the "Swift Success" achievement on their first play, it's true, but the collectibles should keep completionists occupied for another hour or so after - they even require a little meta-gaming! At a two dollar price point, this is plenty of game for your buck, and it's not often that this caliber of level design, soundtrack, and art style find their way into a two-dollar title.
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Boxes are Always Applicable
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I really like it, but I also like this whole genre of platformer, so purchase accordingly.
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swampymux12
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Fun game, only real drawback is the length (there's an achievement for beating it in under 20 minutes!). I ended up coming in just under an hour my first time through, and while I had fun, I probably won't come back and go through again, there's just not a huge draw (beyond achievements) to make you want to play again.

If you like puzzle platformers and are looking for a very well-designed game with a few challenging jumps/puzzles, then you really can't go wrong here.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
In a sense this is actually 2 games, so I will talk about them separately. Spoilers ahead!

The shmup section was short but sweet, I am terrible at these kinds of games but I enjoyed it. My only issue is that your gun won't fire at full speed if you hold down the button, requiring you to mash for the most damage potential. I died as soon as the boss shot his laser, and though I'd need to restart until...

The puzzle-platforming section, which is the meat of the game. Crashing on the planet and needing to find ship parts (conveniently the same model as the shmup upgrades) reminded me of Knytt (in a good way), and so did the slower pace and early lack of combat. Puzzle progress felt steady and fun, though the "double shot" puzzle I managed to solve without learning the proper trick, stunting my progress in the next few rooms. I really enjoyed having a "teleport" gun instead of a "portal" gun, which felt very fresh as a mechanic. Combat was passable, with notable frustration trying to hit the flying bats, and not knowing how long the boss would take to defeat. The biggest issue I had was with NPC conversations, ending the conversation would not close the text box right away and another press would start it again; extremely frustrating.

Going back to shmup at the end was unexpected and exciting, and I didn't die to the laser! I was a bit sad that it ended, but that title call-out was a great wrap up to the story. The art and sound were excellent throughout, with a special mention to alien NPC designs.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Pros:
-Fun
-Great soundtrack
-Explains the mechanics clearly
-Unique teleport-gun mechanic
-Runs on a potato
-Only costs one dollar!

Cons:
-Pretty short, can be beaten in under an hour, I have more time played though because I replayed for achievements.
-Bats. ♥♥♥♥ing Bats! I hate those ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ing things and hope never to see one again!

Conclusion:
Out There Somewehere is a fun, although short, game that I think is definitely worth buying for the full price of one dollar.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
194.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
TL;DR - I know my play time looks insane. You will assuredly not get 190 hours of this game, but you will get 2 of the most fun hours you've had gaming in a while. Buy now!

As my first foray into speedrunning, this game has given me several dozen hours of entertainment beyond what would be expected by reasonable gamers. But I am trying to be unbiased, and think of this game from a casual standpoint.

I still recommend it glowingly.

A quirky 2D platformer with a laser-sharp, utilitarian design approach, Out There Somewhere gives you a light dash of shooting combat, a gentle hint of exploration, and a core game built around puzzle-platforming with a 2D teleport gun. It is bookended by space shooter segments that some reviewers have taken issue with - I won't argue with them for finding these segments disjunct, but I still enjoy them anyway.

It is worth noting that the pace at which new mechanics are introduced is absolutely stellar - far better than many A-list titles. You get a sense for what each button does, a scenario or two that changes your approach, and then a wholly new element just as you are getting comfortable.

It seems like the biggest complaint from most reviewers is the game's short length. Most people should have an easy time earning the "Swift Success" achievement on their first play, it's true, but the collectibles should keep completionists occupied for another hour or so after - they even require a little meta-gaming! At a two dollar price point, this is plenty of game for your buck, and it's not often that this caliber of level design, soundtrack, and art style find their way into a two-dollar title.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
FANTASTIC game for the modest price. Novel and fun concept. Nice pixel art. Cool main character. Ocassional humour. Included is the soundtrack which is a work of art in it's own right. One of the best '8 bit style' soundtracks I've ever heard

Short game (1-2 hours depending if you get stuck on any levels). Slightly unbalanced: generally slow paced puzzle levels followed by an insanely challenging and hectic space shooter boss (I had one health left for the finale and the game isn't very friendly with 'back tracking'

I would love to see future games featuring Yuri and Grigori :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
For cheap, this game provides 2 hours of entertainment. I paid 50c during the steam sale. Music is good, exploration and puzzle solving is fun, and it has some replayability too for completionists and speedrunners.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Definitely worth the 24 cents \o/
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
I forgot what this game was about or how much I had paid for it. Decided to boot it to see what it was about and was welcomed with a shmup. Nothing all that exciting but it did look nice. Then you're introduced to the bigger part of the game, which is a puzzle platformer of sorts.

I was immediately very impressed by the quality of the game, visually first then everything after. The puzzles were smart but not very complex; not that they were not enjoyable.

I thought I was just starting and next thing I know, and hour or so later, I finished the game. I was a disappointed, especially considering how highly I regarded the game. It showed so much promise.

Then I went to the store page and saw that the game is actually 1$. And I'm fairly certain I bought it on sales.

I don't really feel like playing through it again right now but it was a lot of fun while it lasted and if you are up for it, you can complete more than one playthrough to get more hidden stuff. It's well, well worth the 1$, very short but very high quality.

No ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t, no pointless fillers, this game doesn't try to make up for what it lacks in content by throwing tedious stuff in. Just the essential, just what you need to have fun.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
It's an aweasome game!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 15
:D
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Says it's inspired by cave story. Would be true if cave story ended after your first fight with balrog.
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