I first discovered Mi-Clos Studios' Out There on iPad, where it was the perfect, lightweight roguelike to play when I felt like a gaming distraction of the portable kind. Once I'd had my fill — the game has a very limited set of endings — I moved on... or so I thought. Out of the blue, the developer released the "Omega" edition and darn it, I got suckered in again. If you don't have a mobile device to play it on, all good, the PC version is currently discounted on Steam.
For the next 13 hours (at the time of writing), Out There: Ω Edition is 33 per cent off, bringing it down from $US10 to $US5 — about the same price as the iOS version. The soundtrack bundle is also on sale, from $US15 to $US10, if you want to grab the music too.
Out There plays a bit like FTL, though stripped of all the combat stuff and replaced with large quantities of resource management and diplomacy. My biggest complaint is the reliance on luck to see you through, but that's pretty par for the course when it comes to roguelikes and it works both ways. You might have a terrible start and quickly run out of oxygen, or find an awesome replacement space ship a few jumps in and be set for most of the game.
For those who love bullet points, here's a list of features from the Steam page:
• dark adventure in deep space • 59 achievements, leaderboard • Explore a freshly procedurally-generated galaxy every time • 350+ unique text adventures with multiple choices • Epic main storyline leading to 4 different endings • 10 spaceships with different specs to discover • Crafting system with 20 alien technologies built from 15 materials • Engage with alien life forms and learn their language • No combat! it’s you against the environment • Eerie score by award-winning composer Siddhartha Barnhoorn (Antichamber, The Stanley Parable) featuring vocals by Lara Ausensi (Forest Kingdom II, Shevannai - The Voice of Elves) • Fantastic pulp comics graphics • High replay value
Out There: Ω Edition [Steam]