Outer Wilds review | Tom’s Guide

Outer Wilds: Specs

Platform: PC, Xbox Series X/S (reviewed), PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Price: $25
Release Date: June 18, 2020 / September 15, 2022 (PS5/Xbox Series X version)
Genre: Open-world action/adventure

Outer Wilds is a charming indie space exploration game, set in a solar system on the brink of disaster. Your objective, as the latest member of the Outer Wilds Ventures space program, is to visit the ancient Nomai ruins around the solar system, and translate their messages with your brand-new translation tool. Unfortunately, you have a tight time limit before the solar system implodes. 

Annapurna Interactive and Mobius Digital’s little game about a deadly time loop is an experience that leans heavily on its nonlinear narrative, and its thrilling scientific discoveries. There are plenty of clever logic puzzles to solve, all set against a backdrop of certain doom. The game’s only major flaw lies in the ship’s autopilot function, which has a tendency to crash into various celestial bodies on its way to a set location.

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