Outland is a fast-paced, dynamic platformer where the player uses powers of light and dark in an epic journey to save the world from forces of chaos.
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Mixed (22 reviews) - 59% of the 22 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (751 reviews) - 82% of the 751 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014

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“Outland Offers A Clever Twist On A Familiar Genre.”
9.0 – Game Informer

“An exceedingly stylish -- and even beautiful -- experience that pushes gamers to their limits.”
9.0 – IGN

“Exciting gameplay packed with clever mechanics and framed by a compelling artistic vision make Outland a superb experience.”
9.0 – GameSpot

About This Game

Outland is a fast-paced, dynamic platformer where the player uses powers of light and dark in an epic journey to save the world from forces of chaos.

In-between Balance and Chaos stands one man, whose efforts will either bridge the ancient divide or doom the world to destruction. Outland is an ambitious 2D-platformer with a beautiful visual style and a unique, polarity-switching gameplay system. Your adventure will shift between light and darkness as you struggle to adapt in an ever-changing world!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 @ 2GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 460/550, AMD Radeon HD 5770
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Quad Core @ 2.3GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560/640+, AMD Radeon HD 6850+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.x
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 @ 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB AMD Radeon HD5750
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.x
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core @ 2.3GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 650
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Kernel 2.6.32
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 @ 2GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 460/550, AMD Radeon HD 5770
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Kernel 3.12
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Quad Core @ 2.3GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560/640+, AMD Radeon HD 6850+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
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Mixed (22 reviews)
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Very Positive (751 reviews)
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Carnage
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is awesome! I paid 1.59€ for 2 copies , this is indeed a very well done game, loved the art/design and the music. The game is very fluid. With some tricky parts which make the game more interesting. Mixing enemies and bullet hells is a perfect match for frustation and fun . For the price is a great game.
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JAX
( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Outland is an easy platformer where you fight monsters and pass obstacles, a very simple and enjoyable game. It has a cool story and along its way you unlock new powers for your hero, the levels are progressive they get a little bit challenging with time, but only the last boss is not too easy. It is so colorful and it has really nice graphics and animations, as well as a very good arcade fighting gameplay and mechanics with nice soundtracks that you can actually buy and download.

The slight problem was in multiplayer, now you can finish the story campaign with a friend and there is as well coop challenges where you team up with someone in other levels but you can't get the story achievements when you're playing coop, you will need to replay it alone in order to get them which I find very unnecessary because It's not a game you play multiple times because after you finish the story you will be able to get back to any level you want and repeat it. And it was laggy in mp but am not sure if this is a game problem or not.

Other than that a really simple and nice game.
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Lady Tesla
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
This eyecatching title's wide field of view, bright colors, tight physics and the well defined character hitbox demand and reward your sense of deep involvement and accurate timing. Rewarding for twitch players, I suggest using a trusted game pad instead of keyboard for the full effect. tl;dr, this game is gorgeous and fun!
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Harbort
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
The game is, in general, very good. There are two notable exceptions:
1 - the multi-player mode is simply unplayable! The game become way too slow, even with very fast machines.
2 - The last boss is simply too tedious, like the previous ones they should have put checkpoints during the battle. Now it becomes a question of: can you do the same thing for 20 min without getting bored to death and staring making mistakes? I certainly cannot. Also, as often, the charges don't really help against the boss, which is too bad.
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ZOLES
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Would recommend , but there are much better 2D Platform games than this . Would never buy it for 10Euro.Bought it for 1 , I think it was worth but wouldnt buy it otherwise . (MY OPINOIN)
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Bou
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Warning, this is just another average platformer. Great artstyle, cool backgrounds, decent music but the rest and more important elements like gameplay and level design are mediocre and bland. I would not call this a metroidvania, don't believe the user-defined tags on the steam page. The only thing it has in common is the backtracking and that's basically it. The game is also short, I reached the second boss (5 in total) within 1.8 hours.
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PoopScoopMaloop
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
The best way to think of Outland going in, is to imagine Castlevania style platforming elements combined with a bullet-hell color shifting element. there will be copious amounts of bullets filling the screen, but you are able to switch between the 2 colors of the bullets to avoid taking damage from them. This game is difficult and gets harder as more elements are introduced, like colored platforms, which you must be the matching color to land on, often while opposite color bullets are being sprayed in your direction. controller is not needed, but is recommended because of how precise the platforming tends to be
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Khorne
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
It seems like it takes too long to get to the good stuff. I was expected Ikaruga style bullet hell out of the gate but I haven't even unlocked the color shifting yet. So far it's just a boring action platformer with no characters.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Outland is an easy platformer where you fight monsters and pass obstacles, a very simple and enjoyable game. It has a cool story and along its way you unlock new powers for your hero, the levels are progressive they get a little bit challenging with time, but only the last boss is not too easy. It is so colorful and it has really nice graphics and animations, as well as a very good arcade fighting gameplay and mechanics with nice soundtracks that you can actually buy and download.

The slight problem was in multiplayer, now you can finish the story campaign with a friend and there is as well coop challenges where you team up with someone in other levels but you can't get the story achievements when you're playing coop, you will need to replay it alone in order to get them which I find very unnecessary because It's not a game you play multiple times because after you finish the story you will be able to get back to any level you want and repeat it. And it was laggy in mp but am not sure if this is a game problem or not.

Other than that a really simple and nice game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
The best way to think of Outland going in, is to imagine Castlevania style platforming elements combined with a bullet-hell color shifting element. there will be copious amounts of bullets filling the screen, but you are able to switch between the 2 colors of the bullets to avoid taking damage from them. This game is difficult and gets harder as more elements are introduced, like colored platforms, which you must be the matching color to land on, often while opposite color bullets are being sprayed in your direction. controller is not needed, but is recommended because of how precise the platforming tends to be
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Warning, this is just another average platformer. Great artstyle, cool backgrounds, decent music but the rest and more important elements like gameplay and level design are mediocre and bland. I would not call this a metroidvania, don't believe the user-defined tags on the steam page. The only thing it has in common is the backtracking and that's basically it. The game is also short, I reached the second boss (5 in total) within 1.8 hours.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
53 of 55 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2015
This is an excellent, well polished action platformer. Highly recommended.

✓ Beautiful graphics, mesmerizing backgrounds and sceneries
✓ Very good sound design and soundtracks
✓ Excellent animations
✓ Solid combat system
✓ Good level design
✓ Online co-op multiplayer!
✓ Runs surprisingly well on very low-end specs computers!
✓ Linux support! :)

✘ Keyboard bindings have to be set outside the game, but it works fine anyway.
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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
What I've experienced (purely the single player) so far is a beautiful game, with interesting mechanics and engaging boss fights. I guess what I would sum it up as would be "Old school platformers meet Metroid meet Ikaruga." It doesn't really bring anything new and innovative to the table mechanic wise, but it does mesh them well against a unique art style.

Unfortunately the keys are not rebindable, a pretty basic feature that I would have expected, especially in a game where response needs to be fast and intuitive. I struggled with the default keyboard keys - switching to gamepad made it a lot easier. The settings are minimalistic. Resolution & Vsync, that's your lot.

I'm struggling a little with the combat; I'm not sure if enemies vary widely in difficulty, or if I'm just incredibly slow sometimes. I often find myself repeating segments and suffering trial-by-patience but I imagine a large part of that is my inexperience with platformers. The puzzle parts for me far exceed the action. I've found them very engaging and well designed.

It's far from perfect; but in my humble opinion it's a pretty high quality game and excellent value entertainment for a full price of £5. Sadly I can't comment on the co-op until one of my friends goes ahead and buys it... hint hint.
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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
I don't like Steam's reviewing system. There are so many cases in which I don't wanna choose between recommending a game or not. Sometimes there are certain aspects of a game I like and others that I don't. How can I, the reviewer *always* have the right answer for you, the reader? Someone I don't even know personally? Someone I have no idea what they want and expect from a game? Sometimes I just wanna post my own analysis without a "sentence" attached to it. Anyway, small rant aside, I enjoyed Outland.

The game's theming surprised me right away. I don't know why, but I was expecting something futuristic/space themed, but the game is set in a very "primal" and mystical environment. With spirituality and shamans and all that (the whole bright neon blue/red colors probably made me think of Tron).

The game feels like it's going to be boring right away, with enemies and platforming sections that don't do much to challenge the player, but this changes quickly.
Soon in the game (could've been sooner, IMO) you will acquire the power to shift between light (blue) and dark (red). While blue, you are immune to blue projectiles and can harm red enemies. The same goes for red: immune to red projectiles, can harm blue enemies. This allows the game to come up with scenarios that would be impossible to traverse without these mechanics and soon you'll find yourself quickly shifting between colors in order to avoid damage. Not only that, but new enemies appear later on providing the game with some variety to the combat and the platforming sections become increasingly complex. The game achieves a nice middle ground between action/combat and platforming (often having them both at the same time as you are forced to fight enemies in the middle of a barrage of projectiles).

The game can be very challenging at certain points, but due to the abundance of checkpoints spread across the levels, powerups that allow you to quickly dispatch more... problematic enemies for a small energy cost and the occasional health upgrade, you never feel like you are being punished for making mistakes when figuring out the best course of action to tackle the challenges presented to you. The boss battles offer similar variety of action and strategy, and I would even go as far as calling some of them puzzles, because you really need to figure out what's going on in order to beat them.

Finally, the game has a few collectible masks that are hidden in out of the way areas or protected by harder-than-average platforming/enemy sections which unlock concept art or something. I think this may give some replayability to the game, but I don't know. I'm not a completionist, don't care much for these... still, I felt like pointing it out that it is a thing you can do if you're into that sort of thing.

Now what *don't* I like about the game?

Well I can think of a few things, but even though I don't consider them enough reason to warrant this a negative review, some bias is in place (you will see what I mean) and you may find yourself disagreeing with me.

First of all, if my profile picture wasn't enough of a givaway, I play most games with a controller if I can help it... and while I can't say such is the case, I've heard a lot of complaints regarding the controls and calling this a poor PC port. I don't know if that's true, but it's probably better to play this with a controller if you have one just to be safe, or look for other reviews that may explain this issue in more detail if you don't. Personally, using a controller felt fine most of the time with the exception of the color shift command being bound to one of the shoulder buttons which can make it a bit clunky during the combat sections (I would have preferred a face button for this).

Another thing I'm not a big fan of (and this isn't as big an issue as the previous one) is that the animations for your attacks do not match the hitboxes very well, specially for the upwards swing. A lot of the time it'll look like you hit an enemy when you actually didn't and will be annoying until you get used to it. And this really is the only solution to it in the end isn't it? Get used to it. Not ideal.

Bottomline I guess I recommend this game? I mean, if the gameplay I described above sounds fun to you and you can get past the issues I mentioned, then I guess you'll enjoy it? I don't know, I'm not you.
Still, I had more good things to say about it than negative ones, so I guess it is a positive review.

Thanks for reading!
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38 of 49 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
I played this game back when it first released on the xbox 360 and it was great back then. I bought this game *twice* if that doesn't show how much I recommend this game, nothing will.
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49 of 68 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
An excellent PC port of a pretty decent Playstation Store game. Works fine at high resolutions at smooth 60+ fps.

Play with a controller for best experience.
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
Pros:
+great animations that bring the 2d platformer to life
+color mechanics that will amplify the challenge
+decent soundtrack
+artstyle is unique

Cons:
-combat feels clumsy, it makes the fluid running/jumping mechanics slow down
-checkpoints are bad in the sense that they won't refill your life, many times after a checkpoint I went to suicide just to replenish my health (there are health pickups but they either drop or don't)
-few environments (they just add snow effects to the same ruins or add a forest or some other boring replacement as a background)

Sidenote:
The game might have a huge difficulty spike at the end boss, they throw alot of things at you that you have to avoid.
There are coop missions that can only be done if you play with someone. Haven't had the chance to try it so can't comment on that.
Some people might have issues with the story, truthfully it's not the most elaborate.

Overall it's a great 2D platformer that will test your reflexes.
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39 of 55 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
Introduction

Outland is a unique 2d platformer with some very unique gameplay elements. Outland brings a unique color switching mechanic throughout every part of the game. By switching between red and blue you can prevent damage, fight enemies more effectively, and open more pathways throughout the game world. I loved how the game constantly kept adding more elements to the levels. I didn't personally care for the story at all, but I found myself getting lost in the amazing backgrounds and soundtrack.

Pros

  • Art style
  • Gameplay
  • Difficulty
  • Great Port
  • Insanely fun
  • Level design



Cons

  • keyboard/mouse controls are not great
  • story


Conclusion

Outland is an amazing platformer with really cool and unique gameplay elements. From the gameplay to art style this platformer is an overlooked gem in this genre. This game is 100% worth a buy, even at full retail.


-HiPFiRED


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