Now placed in a higher resolution and packaged with PDFs of production notes and a gallic documentary interviewing the creator Eric Chahi, Out of this World: 15th Anniversary Edition is certainly an interesting purchase. We had a crowd of five people simultaneously reminiscing behind us at one point, and the gentle warmth of recognition that gushes over you at regular intervals is every kind of wonderful.
However, by today’s standards Out of This World remains tongue-bitingly frustrating and extremely short. At $15, it’s also heftily priced - especially compared to the retro revival on other platforms ($10 or so for stuff on Xbox Live, $8 for a SNES game on the Wii Shop Channel).
Truth is, we don’t think this game is worth one dollar for every year it’s been in existence - unless perhaps we were richer or so nostalgic that we could do nothing but drink beer all day and watch The Price is Right. Only for the oldies this one, and even then only for the oldies with deeper pockets than us.