Another World – 20th Anniversary in Review – Just go through the looking glass, Alice!
It’s hard to imagine modern video games without the polygons. Building blocks of almost all 3D graphics engines, they are everpresent in the industry. But not many people know that one of the first games to use them was the legendary Another World on the Amiga back in 1991. Revolutionary in both graphics and gameplay approach it has sold over a million copies and been ported to many platforms. And now 20 years later a re-mastered edition has found its way to the App Store: Another World – 20th Anniversary.
Another World – 20th Anniversary is a classic Adventure/Platformer, but presented in an original style. After a mishap involving a state-of-the-art particle accelerator and a freak lightning storm, professor Lester Knight Chaykin is teleported into a strange alien world. Narrowly escaping death multiple times, he finds himself between a rock and a hard place; enslaved by indigenous aliens, he now has to take the lead in escaping with his new compadre.
Playing Another World is quite a unique experience. There aren’t any descriptions or even hints of what to do. Instead as you would in real life, you explore the unfamiliar surroundings, trying to stay alive. Running for your life from wild beasts, infiltrating an alien base, exploring vast caves – the game features a varied and involving storyline. And once you finally get your hands on the alien blaster it adds that bit of je ne sais qua, giving you the satisfaction of revenge on those brutes who had the nerve to capture professor Lester.
Remarkable in its approach, Another World doesn’t offer any HUD or on-screen controls whatsoever, at least for the purists. Using the model of Mirror’s Edge (TMA Review) you control your alter-ego using swipes and hot corners on the screen. This creates the original cinematic experience that made Another World a cult classic. The controls work rather well, though it’s quite easy to make an extra step or two, thus plunging you to your doom. For extra precision you may choose to toggle the virtual D-pad, though that does ruin the experience somewhat. The graphics come both in full HD and traditional Amiga, switchable by a simple two-finger swipe.
The early 90’s games are notorious for their difficulty level. Long before the advent of Angry Birds it was considered that people should actually put some effort into playing the game. Unfortunately, even despite the added lower difficulty level, Another World is still painstakingly hard. And I do mean HARD. Unless you do the correct thing at precisely the right time, you’re dead. And the checkpoints are way too sparse to make it comfortable. Also, the absence of any hints system doesn’t help one bit and I’d say the overwhelming majority of players will have to resort to the good ol’ internet to find a walkthrough to complete the game.
Another World – 20th Anniversary is a cult classic bringing a unique cinematic experience to the iOS generation in Universal HD quality. The original control scheme and gameplay make it almost a must for any self-respecting gamer. Unfortunately, few will find the strength to overcome the unforgiving difficulty, with even less doing so without the help of a walkthrough. For those who do, however, it will leave an unforgettable impression and the satisfaction of knowing – “I did it!”.
With this I declare Another World – 20th Anniversary officially touched!
|Title:||Another World – 20th Anniversary||Developer:||Bulkypix|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.2||Min OS Req:||3.1.3|