Outernauts is a mobile device app fighter game where your job is to breed and train thousands of different species to conquer the galaxy. The game is available for iPhone and Android mobile devices and is very popular among the mobile device gaming community for its charming creatures and addicting story line.
The game Outernauts was developed by Insomniac Games Inc., a very popular game developing company. This company is known for the every-popular Spyro, Resistance and Rachet & Clank series. The company is American based and has headquarters located in Burbank, California. They were founded in 1994 and have released titles for almost every gaming platform. They have won 13 “Best Workplace” awards and have sold over 35 million copies of their games. There was much buzz about the release of their new game Outernauts in 2012 because it was the first game they produced which would not be used on the Playstation platform.
The app follows a basic, easy to understand story line where the player is responsible for saving different planets and to do so, he or she must rescue different creatures, breed them to create more and then train them to be master fighters. The objective of the game is to take over the galaxy, however that will only be possible if the game player is able to train their creatures well. It follows a similar style and story line to the very popular game Pokemon.
After downloading the app, you will open it to find what is essentially the home screen. Here, you are given the option to open up your beasts, quests, planets, basics, journals or sector. Each section involves a different part of game play however they’re all important and all intertwine.
Choose beasts to see what characters you’ve found. You can learn different information about each beast, set them beast up to breed more, train them and more. If you open your quest tab you will see what fighting you have to do with your beasts. The planet’s tab shows what planet you’re on and this is how you locate different species of beasts (not to be confused with finding more beasts. You can’t find more beasts, you must breed them).
While the game was designed by very impressive developers, it fell short of its goals. The cliché copy of Pokemon paired with the “pay to win” mechanics made it less popular with core gamers — the games targeted audience. It could understandably be popular among a younger crowd of the adorable characters and the ability to care for and nurture the pets.
Overall ratings of Outernauts on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best, would rate a 3. The fact that you need to pay actual currency in order to advance far in certain areas makes it less attractive to a wider audience. There are many ways in which apps and games can create revenue, constantly charging gamers doesn’t need to be one of them. Another negative aspect to the game is the fact that it seems very similar to the almost as old as time, fan favorite Pokemon. While many say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, in the video game world, imitation can be just plain boring. At the same time, the graphics of Outernauts are impressive and the desire to capture more and more planets does intrigue. It can be a fun game, however the company has certainly made some more successful games and could’ve made some minor design changes that would’ve made it much more appealing to their target audience.