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Preview: Another World by BulkyPix

In 1991 and following Another World was unleashed on a myriad of platforms starting with the Amiga.  I remember the game existing, but I don’t know that I ever played it.  In a couple of days BulkyPix will be releasing this game on the iOS platform, and I’ve had the privilege of spending some time with it over the past few days.  Whether you like platform games or you just want to experience something a bit different than what you’re used to playing on your device, you won’t want to miss this gem.

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The game is challenging – I’m mostly willing to admit that I’ve had to consult a FAQ a time or two already as I’ve played.  Unlike most platform games that are simply run, jump and possibly blast, Another World requires you to think.  But, at least it gives you a beautiful world in which to do so.  While the graphics may not be “state of the art”, they still look good after 20 years.  It’s neat the way they integrated cinematic bits into the actual game play as well.  The sound effects only serve to enhance the atmosphere, even going as far as giving the aliens their own language.  The only thing sadly lacking from the aesthetics is a riveting soundtrack.  It manages pretty well without one, but some mood music wood certainly be nice.

I think this is one of my favorite ports to date, because while it may be 20 year old material nothing about it feels old.  If you’re interested in what makes something a classic (or you just want a really good game), Another World is the game for you.  I’ll be providing a full review of Another World once it’s available.

Availability: Around Sept. 22nd

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Eric Pankoke has been a gamer for more than 20 years. He began with arcade games, moving to consoles and eventually handhelds and Pocket PCs. Now he spends most of his time on one of his iOS devices. Eric has written more than 700 gaming reviews, which have appeared on a number of gaming websites as well as several issues of both Smartphone & Pocket PC and iPhone Life magazines. He regularly contributes to iphonelife.com and TouchMyApps. Ultimately he hopes to eventually develop games himself for whatever the hot mobile device is when he finally gets moving.