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Feb
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Are you ready for a sci-fi adventure with aliens, spaceships, and lots of lasers blowing stuff up? Well, you get two of those in the hotly anticipated choose-your-own-adventure game Out There. It's available now on Android, and it ought to be compatible with almost all devices.

In Out There, you play the part of an astronaut waking up from cryogenic hyper-naptosis (or something) far away from Earth. You must survive and make your way through space to unravel a mystery and save mankind. Riveting, yes? Exciting though it may be, this game contains no combat, which is very intriguing. Explosions and laser blasters are an easy way to make sci-fi engaging, but getting people hooked on a story is much harder.

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There are over 300 decisions to be made in this game, each of which affects the outcome. Out There also comes with an "eerie" custom soundtrack and neat comic book-style graphics. You can pick it up for $3.99 in the Play Store.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • coversnails

    Sounds good, but what are the in app purchases?

    • Cory_S

      (Opens play store link, looks for IAP warning) Nope....

      • Benjamen Meiers

        This app is compatible with all of your devices.

        Offers in-app purchases

        • mehim

          I was going to buy this as soon as I read the title, but then I saw the IAP notification!

          Can someone elaborate on this matter? Since I won't touch apps with that $#!+ in it with a broken damp stick!

      • BikeMan

        There are no IAPs it was a mistake. Game is fantastic, it sucks people are avoiding it over IAPs that don't exist. Doh.

    • RyanWhitwam

      I really have no idea. I've been playing the game and haven't seen any yet.

    • Harsha

      Google should really make a section in play store app screen for the list of IAP an app would have. In iOS, at least it shows list of popular IAP based on user buying them.

  • Cory_S

    Game looks really interesting. Seems every game I buy I end up playing for awhile then do a format for a new ROM, lose the saves, and never play again. All new games need cloud saves.

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      Ha I'm kinda the same way. I backup the game before I do it but then I am too busy setting up the new rom that I don't feel like playing ever again.

    • Skia

      Isn't sdcard save sufficient ? As long as you dont forget to backup your sdcard.
      I played Broken Sword 2 game that way.

      • Cory_S

        Nexus here..so no SD card. Usually its fine. I just dont wipe storage when I change ROMs. But, every now and then something goes horribly wrong with a new one and I have to wipe it all, and of course forgot to do a nandroid. Besides all that, it's annoying not to be able to sync progress between your phone and tablet.

        • Next Unit

          U know u can use an app called DataSync? I ended up buying the Pro version because it is THAT good! You can save any app's data to the cloud of your choice like Google Drive or Dropbox. You can sync that data across ANY device so u can play a game on ur tablet and resume the progress on ur phone. If course you need root, but considering you are flashing new ROMs u have that by default. I have been using it for a while now and it works magical! Google NEEDS to implement something like this, its ironic because I am using Google Drive to save & sync my games lol!

          • Cory_S

            But is it automatic live syncing? I hate to be that guy...but I have played around with solutions like that before (Carbon...or whatever Koush is calling it these days)...and by the time I finally got the app to upload to the cloud, then got the other device to download it...I had used up my 5 minutes of goof off time.

          • Matthew Fry

            I used Helium (Carbon) and my game app data was corrupted. Still lost my saves. There should be a non-root solution to this or cloud saving needs to be adopted en force.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      That's what TitaniumBackup's for. (and you can backup to the cloud with it instead of an external SD)

    • cmbeid

      What a shame, the game looks good. $4 PLUS IAP?

  • Kevin

    Oh, man. Picked it up; this game is hard. It's very similar to FTL, except there's zero combat, and you're far more likely to be stuck drifting in the black.

    I can't seem to nail down a good strategy. I want to collect different minerals, but I never live long enough for them to be useful. Hunting for minerals (usually Fe is all I really need) is frequently more trouble than it's worth. It seems you always need to hold onto a few units of Fe for when your equipment breaks. In the early game, I feel desperate for upgrades, but no idea how to get them - harass aliens?

    (I still haven't seen any IAP)

    • Matthew Fry

      So it's a roguelike? I have a hard time with roguelikes. I don't like seeing my characters die over and over due to my inability to save them.

      • Kevin

        Yep. Run out of fuel? Dead. Break the ship while gathering fuel? Dead. Have a piece of equipment randomly break without the materials to fix it? Dead. All while dealing with random events that almost always cause damage.

  • Kashmieer

    I haven't seen any IAPS during my one hour of playtime.

  • Harsha

    So I finished 1 round of the game. Here is my experience:

    1. Initially the objective was to reach the red marked star at far side of the universe.
    2. For first few minutes I explored each and every star in my way towards the red marked star. Died too soon for a couple of times. But later I could survive for longer period by keeping my priorities to have fuel, oxygen and iron all the time in the inventory. I feel rest of the minerals need to be stored unless you have inventory space.
    3. Upgrades come in two types : A. As you progress in the game you will find better ships with better inventory space. B. There are various technologies you will discover later which will increase the ships power, ecosystem and resistance. Thereby you will lose less fuel, oxygen and Hull damage when doing stuffs.
    4. After changing the ships for 3 or so times, I could travel to far away stars (when the power was upgraded 3/4th). And also at this point of time I had a tech that will show me what kinds of planets are in the a star system. With this info I stopped exploring all star systems but based on my requirements. If i was running out of iron, jump to star system with more metallic planets, if low on oxygen jump to system with more of gardens and so on.
    6. *SPOILERS* At one point if the game I was told to go to another star system which was marked in green in colour. I thought okay, let's see what in the green and then go to red. I encountered an alien and we had a conversation and then game was over. That was unexpected. All that hard work and I didn't get to reach the red marked star.

    Tips:
    1. Do not orbit a star unless you have the technology to make use of it. I haven't come across that tech yet.
    2. Always keep at least 20 units of H, O and Fe.
    3. Install as many technology module in ship as possible.
    4. Always look out for alien box, the one which will recharge your fuel, oxygen or Hull. And if possible make note of their position. This will help you in getting free recharge to max when you in trouble.
    5. Minerals are not your priority except for Fe. Keep other mineral in inventory only if you got extra space left.
    6. It's good to visit as many gardens as possible and encounter life. It's is only here you will get oxygen, learn new language and gather omega matter which is very useful.
    8. When you find a better ship, dissemble everything in current ship and move all cargo to new ship. You won't use the old ship again anyways.
    7. Have a lucky day. I was quite lucky many times to get free extra fuel or oxygen :p

    Love the game. It does feel difficult when you are running low on H, O and Fe. And also it feels difficult because once you die, you need to start again from beginning. Hope above tips will help you.

    • Adnan

      Mate, I've had the same situation with the game ending after the green marked planet and the conv with the big alien. Have you played the game again after that? Is this only one of more possible endings?

  • Harold

    For Sci-Fi games lovers, here's a nice list with the "best" of them : http://www.pocketmeta.com/15-sci-fi-games-miss-android-5386/