Visit a first-person, abstract landscape of bleeding technicolor wonder, armed with a camera, curiosity, and freedom. Explore at your own pace or experience the story that has confounded players and critics alike. Get lost in another reality.
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Mixed (16 reviews) - 56% of the 16 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 4, 2014

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May 9

ULTRAWORLD EXODUS is out!

The free add-on is now available for all ULTRAWORLD owners. So what's new?

Story Redux: The original story has been nipped and tucked in many ways. Still as divisive as ever!

Final Chapter: A continuation of the previous story and a conclusion. This new story features all new areas that equal the original game in size.

Vacation Mode Expanded: Now you have infinite color at your fingertips; change up the look and take pictures as you fly about the landscape! Watch the developer explain in this video:
Let's Play Vacation Mode

VR Support: Welcome to a new reality. Not recommended for those with weak stomachs. Takes some work to setup (details incoming).

Free: This new content is no additional cost. It's just considered to be part of the original game now. It's my way of saying thanks to those who supported me early on!

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Reviews

“Incites you to reconsider the difference between the real and virtual.”
Kill Screen Daily

“ULTRAWORLD boasts vibrant, fantastical environments that are sometimes difficult not to marvel at.”
Game Skinny

“Ultraworld is a surreal and beautiful first-person exploration adventure”
PCGamer

Just Updated

ULTRAWORLD EXODUS is live! It features a redux of the original story, an entire new chapter (roughly the size of the original, a conclusion to the narrative), an expanded Vacation Mode (free exploration mode), a new album worth of music, and VR support! Now before you jump into this living abstraction, there are a few things you need to know:

1 – Don't buy the game if you don't meet the minimum requirements. Seriously, the game won't start if you don't have a DirectX11 Graphics card, a 64bit Windows OS, and 4 GB of RAM. You have been warned!

2 – To use VR you'll need to read these instructions:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/331580/discussions/0/357285562492477208/

And that's it, all of my warnings/asides are done. Of course, if you're still having trouble unrelated to this, my help page still exists:

http://visit-ultraworld.com/help/

Other than that, I hope you enjoy the game!
James Beech, Neon Serpent LLC

About This Game

The doors to ULTRAWORLD are open and beckon you to return. Come see what's new in ULTRAWORLD EXODUS, a free addition to the wildly abstract first-person exploration adventure you've heard so much (or little) about. The sole work of James Beech, a former Crytek/Sony AAA game developer, ULTRAWORLD EXODUS is a visual novel/Art toy/who-knows-what.

FEATURING

IMPERFECT: A highly revised redux of the original ULTRAWORLD story. Ponder Exoplanets and Artificial Intelligence while trying to assist a self-aware NPC in the midst of an existential crisis. Some people loved it. Some people hated it. Feel free to decide for yourself.

EXODUS: A new continuation of the unusual sci-fi meta-narrative that could only be told in the medium of video games. A year has passed and ULTRAWORLD has changed. Your old pal is dismayed by your inaction, but this gives way to a new friend with an impossible plan. Embrace the hivemind!

VACATION MODE: A greatly expanded free-roaming mode where you're the Artist. Change the colors, filters, particles, and rendering modes for infinite visual variety (and I do mean infinite). Then soar above the landscape, camera in hand, looking for the perfect picture. Every shot is a unique abstract painting, created by you, and fit to hang on your walls.

THE SOUNDTRACK: There are now double the songs to the highly praised original soundtrack.

VR SUPPORT: Vacation Mode can be setup to use VR devices (although you'll need a steel stomach. Not meant for humans)

FREE: If you already own ULTRAWORLD, you'll get EXODUS automatically. It's my way of saying thanks to everyone who's supported my bizarre art experiment. And of course, anyone buying from here on out gets EXODUS as part of the package.

Now get out there and find your painting!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 (64bit only)
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2GHz or AMD Dual-Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon HD 6000 series (DirectX11 Compatible)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: WARNING: Game will not run unless you have 4GB of Memory and a DirectX11 OS/Graphics card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 (64-bit only)
    • Processor: Intel Quad-Core (i5 2300) or AMD Octo-Core (FX 8150)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 660Ti or greater, AMD Radeon HD 7950 or greater (DirectX11 Compatible)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: WARNING: Game will not run unless you have 4GB of Memory and a DirectX11 OS/Graphics card
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Overall:
Mixed (16 reviews)
Recently Posted
Necrotard
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
It's a fine game, but I would really appreciate the option to turn the music off. I like to listen to my own stuff.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Sartharon
3.0 hrs
Posted: June 18
If you enjoy an artistic journey through a interesting world of color and sound. This is the game for you!
Even if I didn't dig the game I'd buy it just for the stellar soundtrack!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Try This At Home Kids
1.4 hrs
Posted: May 10
I enjoy this game. I think people who don't don't feel questioning exsistence should be left to philosiphers and not gamers. Maybe that's the case, maybe not. The point is...if you enjoy cool looking game design, good music, and just a little bit of pointless questioning of reality...check this game out.

Graphics 5/5
Gameplay 3/5
Music 4/5
And u can invert the y axis (some games really wont let you do that....can you believe it?) For $10 ULTRAWORLD is worth checking out.
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demongun07
4.8 hrs
Posted: April 22
Very compelling story with abstract visuals that I am able to make screenshots for my desktop.
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Wozman23
2.7 hrs
Posted: June 12, 2015
At face value it's a relaxing, passive first person exploration game with a vibrant color palette, hypnotic electronic beats, and a lovely art direction. Like the flame to a moth, that's what drove me to it. However, what lies deeper is equally as beautiful: a thought provoking plot centered around existentialism and how it relates to other forms of philosophy and the various arts and humanities. Both its narrative and its audiovisuals are bastions of and for creativity.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ComicBookBrando
3.8 hrs
Posted: March 1, 2015
It's a surreal immersion into another world. It asks questions no other game would. I highly recommend experiencing it. It's Ultraworld. But is it real?

Find everything for more answers... and more questions.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
St1nG
0.3 hrs
Posted: February 7, 2015
I wanted to like this game, I enjoy a lot of exploration games such as Proteus, and Gone home. But this is really just a massive letdown, from the screenshots it looks so nice and colourful but its just dull and boring. It has a bad UI, ♥♥♥♥♥♥ looking menus, a boring story, and boring gameplay.
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Jolly Rancher
0.5 hrs
Posted: December 19, 2014
This just isn't a very good game. It doesn't have very good performance, you can't even jump, you spend your time looking around areas for triangles, which of course become harder to find as there are fewer, and the story seems very pretentious.

The soundtrack is in my opinion very good, and some of the visuals are nice, but, it's just not worth it.
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Kilyari
0.9 hrs
Posted: December 7, 2014
The textbook example of a pretentious indie project, an "interactive adventure" (I can't call it a game, my mind just won't let me) on par with stellar projects like "Gone Home" and "Walking simulator 983: Now with social commentary."

Cliche'd questions, cliche'd dillemas.
The game tries really hard to appear deep, but there is no suspense of disbelief big enough to keep this thing going.
"Hurf durf I'm totally an AI who made a game as soon as I became self aware, now help me solve some existential questions."

The visuals looked good at first, but everything's so movie-grain saturated, so filled with glare and bloom then my eyes cannot stand looking at it without tearing up.

The OST is an assortment of electronic blurbs and weak attempts to pander to the TRON atmosphere, I suppose. Done quite poorly.

Zero gameplay whatsoever.
Go from point A to point B, listen to a boring siloloquy which is supposed to stir some sort of questions in the mind of the player, proceed onwards.
The problem is - for people who have no interest in this kind of things, the game will seem boring due to lack of interactivity. For people who know even a tiniest bit about AIs from mass media the game will seem boring, since it's exploiting the same tropes that premate all the blockbusters about robots these days. The only audience who can probably appreciate it are hipsters, but ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ screw those people.

To sum it up,
If I wanted to be educated about AIs and their problems, I'd much rather read Azimov than play this.
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ItsGime
0.4 hrs
Posted: December 5, 2014
What is real?

Artsy, psychedelic, first person exploratory narrative adventure with an internal philosophical debate that you are a part of. A game that will make you question who you are and what you are playing. There aren't many games that can actually stimulate all parts of the brain while playing but this one get's as close as possible. Focus hard enough and you will be able to feel the colors and taste the soundtrack!
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24 of 40 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
What is real?

Artsy, psychedelic, first person exploratory narrative adventure with an internal philosophical debate that you are a part of. A game that will make you question who you are and what you are playing. There aren't many games that can actually stimulate all parts of the brain while playing but this one get's as close as possible. Focus hard enough and you will be able to feel the colors and taste the soundtrack!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2015
At face value it's a relaxing, passive first person exploration game with a vibrant color palette, hypnotic electronic beats, and a lovely art direction. Like the flame to a moth, that's what drove me to it. However, what lies deeper is equally as beautiful: a thought provoking plot centered around existentialism and how it relates to other forms of philosophy and the various arts and humanities. Both its narrative and its audiovisuals are bastions of and for creativity.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I enjoy this game. I think people who don't don't feel questioning exsistence should be left to philosiphers and not gamers. Maybe that's the case, maybe not. The point is...if you enjoy cool looking game design, good music, and just a little bit of pointless questioning of reality...check this game out.

Graphics 5/5
Gameplay 3/5
Music 4/5
And u can invert the y axis (some games really wont let you do that....can you believe it?) For $10 ULTRAWORLD is worth checking out.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
If you enjoy an artistic journey through a interesting world of color and sound. This is the game for you!
Even if I didn't dig the game I'd buy it just for the stellar soundtrack!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
It's a surreal immersion into another world. It asks questions no other game would. I highly recommend experiencing it. It's Ultraworld. But is it real?

Find everything for more answers... and more questions.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Very compelling story with abstract visuals that I am able to make screenshots for my desktop.
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18 of 39 people (46%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This just isn't a very good game. It doesn't have very good performance, you can't even jump, you spend your time looking around areas for triangles, which of course become harder to find as there are fewer, and the story seems very pretentious.

The soundtrack is in my opinion very good, and some of the visuals are nice, but, it's just not worth it.
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9 of 21 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2015
I wanted to like this game, I enjoy a lot of exploration games such as Proteus, and Gone home. But this is really just a massive letdown, from the screenshots it looks so nice and colourful but its just dull and boring. It has a bad UI, ♥♥♥♥♥♥ looking menus, a boring story, and boring gameplay.
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22 of 48 people (46%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
My Let's Play can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq2Pt4HBH5I

ULTRAWORLD is a first-person explorer. Along the lines of Dear Esther or Proteus, except with an active narrative as opposed to a passive one. And therein lies the crux of the issue at hand with the review of this game. The story literally is why you'd want to play this game. If I spoil it, I am literally taking your enjoyment of the game away from you.

So please forgive me if I am a bit vague, I'm merely trying my best to not spoil things.

Visually speaking, ULTRAWORLD is top-notch and what probably got your attention to begin with. Which is important for multiple reasons hint, cough.. Colorful, vibrant, eye-pleasing. Yet, there is only so much to do in ULTRAWORLD. There is no action. No combat.

There is mystery. And it is intruging. But if you are hoping for puzzles like Myst, you won't find them here. ULTRAWORLD is like a linear 3D Visual Novel.

If this sounds good to you, I'm quite sure you'll enjoy your time. Once I got myself in that mindset, I enjoyed it as well.
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33 of 97 people (34%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
The textbook example of a pretentious indie project, an "interactive adventure" (I can't call it a game, my mind just won't let me) on par with stellar projects like "Gone Home" and "Walking simulator 983: Now with social commentary."

Cliche'd questions, cliche'd dillemas.
The game tries really hard to appear deep, but there is no suspense of disbelief big enough to keep this thing going.
"Hurf durf I'm totally an AI who made a game as soon as I became self aware, now help me solve some existential questions."

The visuals looked good at first, but everything's so movie-grain saturated, so filled with glare and bloom then my eyes cannot stand looking at it without tearing up.

The OST is an assortment of electronic blurbs and weak attempts to pander to the TRON atmosphere, I suppose. Done quite poorly.

Zero gameplay whatsoever.
Go from point A to point B, listen to a boring siloloquy which is supposed to stir some sort of questions in the mind of the player, proceed onwards.
The problem is - for people who have no interest in this kind of things, the game will seem boring due to lack of interactivity. For people who know even a tiniest bit about AIs from mass media the game will seem boring, since it's exploiting the same tropes that premate all the blockbusters about robots these days. The only audience who can probably appreciate it are hipsters, but ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ screw those people.

To sum it up,
If I wanted to be educated about AIs and their problems, I'd much rather read Azimov than play this.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny