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Video GameThe Outbound Ghost Review
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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Outbound Ghost is a narrative role-play about a ghost on a quest to solve the cause of their own death, and help other ghosts come to terms with their own post-mortal existence. It's inspired by Paper Mario but has gameplay twists similar to Undertale, such as doing minigames during dialogue for specific responses. This combines to create a unique blend of genres with deep thematic and philosophical musings.

You wake up on the outskirts of Outbound, a town in purgatory where unfulfilled ghosts go, instead of ascending to the afterlife. With no memory of your past, you piece together the events that lead up to your death, while helping other ghosts come to terms with their losses and regrets. Your plight is exacerbated by a murder that implicates you as the prime suspect. Uncover your past, meet the residents and piece together the mystery.

Play involved running and jumping over chasms, dodging obstacles and evading enemies. Battle encounters are more unusual as you literally dodge characters' words and defences, in a minigame where you avoid lasers and obstacles as they come towards you, to win them over. Like Undertale and Rainbow Billy, it's a twist that not only adds interest but relational weight to the game.

You engage in conversations not only to comfort and get to know the other ghosts, but also to learn about new clues that can help you solve the mystery. Alongside this, there are lots of puzzles to complete, be it to pick a lock or to uncover a new clue, that broaden the scope of the play.

The unique blend of gameplay mechanics and striking visual style, paired with a deep and sincere story about mental health, grief and regret differentiate it from the many other games in the genre, and can act as a good starting point for the topics raised.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/09/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Collecting, Communication, Narrative, Platform and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 38 features

Developer: Conradical Games (@ConradicalGames)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 20 hours to complete. To be confirmed still.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context and mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. This game features mild violence, which is always directed at cartoon-like fantasy characters. Violence is unrealistic in nature, as are reactions to it. Characters flash when hit, damage is indicated using numbers and there is no visible harm. When defeated, characters turn into crystals.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Mechanics could be handled by younger players, but to appreciate the story and themes you would need to be a bit older.

CostsCosts

The Outbound Ghost usually costs £15.49 to £22.49.
 

The Outbound Ghost

Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch £22.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our The Outbound Ghost Accessibility Report documents 38 accessibility features:
You can specify how much damage you deal out or can receive from 0-200%. You can also opt to always get perfect damage in attacks with an auto-attack. You can also turn off over-world encounters to avoid unwanted encounters.

Dialogue text implies tone with animation, that can be turned off for visual clarity.

The heads up display shows you which buttons to press and what they do. You can adjust the size of the button prompts along with the text size.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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