Developer Once a Bird’s Outsider: After Life is an existential horror game that sees you solving tricky puzzles and unravelling the mystery behind humanity’s mysterious disappearance. The majority of its tale plays out in one continuous take, as the camera gradually pans across and zooms into your surroundings.
When the story begins, humanity has been gone for centuries. A last-ditch effort to secure our continued survival, known as ‘The Escape Initiative’, ultimately failed, though a sudden and rather morbid accident sends power to an android who may just be able to save the universe.
I’ve played this one for maybe an hour and came away impressed by its sense of atmosphere and many brainteasing conundrums. Most of the early puzzles revolve around getting the android to spring back to life, and they generally feel quite varied.
“Although it’s firmly rooted in personal experience, the themes we breach in Outsider are universal, and we are confident everyone will be able to experience the game’s story and meaning through their own lens.”