Parents' Guide to

Outer Wilds

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Learn from your mistakes in time-twisted sci-fi adventure.

Game Windows, Xbox One 2019
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

An underrated masterpiece

I only rated this review for 8 and up because some of the puzzles are relatively difficult and the game does take some advanced spacial and temporal reasoning. Nothing else in this game is really "bad" except for a very scary planet and lots of ways to die. This game is incredibly good and almost no one is talking about it or playing it. It throws you into this amazing clockwork universe with almost no information and you're left to figure out the mysteries of this ancient civilization. It's well written, the gameplay is very sound, and the story and lore are amazing. PLAY THIS GAME. It's not that expensive in comparison to quality either. *I'm 13 by the way but it says this review is from an adult just sayin*

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
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age 11+

A must play

An open-world, space-themed game with masterful mechanics, beautiful music, a rich story, and wonderful, highly engaging, and entertaining puzzle-solving and gameplay.

This title has:

Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (5):

If you had it to do all over again, knowing now what you knew then, what changes would you make and how far could you go? That's the premise behind Outer Wilds, the quirky open world space exploration title that brings new meaning to the phrase "speed run." With just 20 odd minutes before your solar system's sun goes supernova, you're constantly hard-pressed to accomplish as much as possible in a limited amount of time. Luckily, the solar system isn't all that big, spatially speaking, so making the jump from one planet to the next takes only a couple of minutes or so. Which is a good thing, considering just how little time you've got to discover something new before everything you know gets roasted in the ever-looming cosmic deep fryer.

It's best not to worry too much about that greater catastrophe, though, as the game constantly dishes out new ways for you to die, restarting the doomsday clock once again for another pass. It's easy to misjudge a jump, overstay your oxygen supply, or even find yourself jettisoned into the abyss of a nearby black hole. Admittedly, this can get a bit frustrating, as the nature of the time loop is basically the definition of "repetitive gameplay." But what makes Outer Wilds so unique is that, even in failure, there are lessons to be learned and progress to be made. Rarely do you restart a new loop without feeling like you've had some sort of accomplishment and built some momentum for the next go-round. Just remember, if at first you don't succeed ...

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