Paul Hutson and his team of absolute geniuses have been working hard to bring their new MMO (massive multiplayer online) game Outer Empires. While I’ve never played an online game like this, it’s definitely a new experience that I quite enjoy. It’s hard to believe when people promise an MMO on the iPhone that’s not text-based, but I am here to assure you that this is a non-text based MMO.
In Outer Empires, you have the ability to do almost anything. At first, you will find a jobs screen where you will chose which jobs to accomplish and whatnot. Most of the jobs are just delivering some items from one station to another, and this can be accomplished by tapping on the location you want to go. Once you progress through the game, there are other things you can do like mine, form guilds/factions, and other little things. While I haven’t quite yet reached the mining/guild state, it’s definitely something that sounds fantastic.
The controls for the game work pretty well as there aren’t many complicated movements or gestures that need to be executed. Simply tap the screen and press a big button to move, or you can just press on a designated location and your ship will go on “autopilot” to the designated location. The iPhone version has translated the computer controls very well, and it doesn’t even feel different at all.
Outer Empires has some pretty hefty graphics, and while they aren’t as detailed as Assassin’s Creed or other high-end 3D games, it’s definitely more than adequate. I would rather have a full MMO with okay graphics than a text-based MMO with beautiful menu designs. On the browser, graphics are a little bit more detailed and stand out a little bit more, but other than that, the iPhone and web versions are about the same. It never ceases to amaze me how an iPhone version of this MMO came to be, scaling down every planet to fit the iPhone’s screen is a feat that is unimaginable in my mind.
All in all, Outer Empires is definitely something you should look out for. I believe the iPhone version will be free for users, and you will be able to level up to level 10 without paying a single penny. Once you reach level 10, you will still be able to play and whatnot, but your level will not rise any more until you pay the meager $3.99 a month. Personally, $3.99 a month is definitely one of the cheapest monthly prices I have ever encountered with an MMO, most go from $10-$13 a month. Anywho, Outer Empires has been submitted to the App Store, and while you’re waiting, check out the browser version and make an account.
The browser version can be found here, and you will be able to create an account and start playing. Also, check out the iPhone trailer below to get a feel for the game and how it will play.