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Posted: 10 weeks ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

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

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Conradical Games (@ConradicalGames)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 20 hours to complete. To be confirmed still.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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 head 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.
 
Our The Outbound Ghost Accessibility Report documents 36 accessibility features:

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