Outland is a side-scrolling adventure where you control light and dark powers.
Outland is made up of two colours, blue and red. These are used to indicate the two spirit powers you are able to control, Light and Dark. Switching between them both is easy and very fluid. There the main structure to the game and is what makes it so fun. You will need to switch between each ability for many reasons.For example, when you come across an enemy that's blue you will have to be the opposite color to damage it. Being the same color as an enemy lets you absorb energy attacks. This goes the same for moving obstacles and eventually you will need to switch constantly to the correct colors so you don't take damage by them.
You get a taste of the two abilities early on but it's soon taken away and you must progress the game to earn them back. You also learn new skills as you get further into the game. From, sliding under structure, teleporting and more. The controls are very fluid and it's something needed when having to dodge obstacles with precise timing. A lot of your time is having to dodge moving obstacles but you also come across enemies. This is when you sword comes in. With a few slashes of your sword you can take creatures down quickly. Downed creatures will sometimes drop health and coins. Coins can be collected and saved throughout the game. At certain points in the game you can spend these coins on health upgrades.
Outland is no easy ride. Making the slightest wrong move can cost you death.
But with ton of checkpoints you never get frustrated having to try again. Some of the toughest moments in Outland are the Boss Battles. That's the only little fault I have with the game. I found myself dying a few times before I realized what I needed to do. Whilst there tough at first they are also epic and each Boss gives you a different battle experience.
The artwork to Outland is fantastic and so is the level design.
There's many worlds you will come across and each have vibrant colors that burst out of the screen. Every levels is added up into an open world environment that lets you revisit anywhere you wish. You will need to return to different areas as some require different skills like teleporting to get there.
The singleplayer can also be played cooperatively over Xbox Live aswell as
exclusive CO-op challenges. These challenge rooms give you a
different gameplay experience than playing by yourself. Only one player can
control the light power and it requires good communication as you dodge lasers and other obstacles that require light.
Overall, Outland is a unique and beautiful detailed side-scroller that has to be experienced.
Review by Gareth Smith