Wake, explore, expire, repeat
THE OUTER WILDS PC, Mac, Xbox One (PEGI 7) ★★★★★
THE Outer Wilds is a magical blend of Groundhog Day’s time-loop fantasy and the mindbending scope of Interstellar.
As an alien astronaut from a planet doomed to be destroyed by an exploding sun in 20 minutes, your opportunities for exploration seem to be limited – except you’re caught in a repeating time pocket and each death returns you to the campfire where your adventure begins again.
This freedom enables you to investigate the many secrets found on each of the unique and wonderfully realised worlds orbiting nearby, and creates endless opportunities to enjoy the deft space travel mechanics, rich plot and engrossing detail that has been poured into this compelling universe. The Outer Wilds is a mournful but wholly rewarding masterpiece.
■ The last word: An essential experience for every adventurer.
■ Price: £20.99
Explore new worlds in The Outer Wilds