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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Outbound Ghost (2022) is a narrative role-play about a ghost on a quest to find out why they died and help others ghosts come to terms with their own post-mortal existence. It's inspired by Paper Mario and Final Fantasy but offers many more battle options through the Figments character traits you recruit for your party. It's a beautiful homage that innovates with highly detailed team-building themed around the different emotions we deal with when life gets hard.

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 explore the world to piece together the events that led up to your death. Your plight is exacerbated by a murder that implicates you as the prime suspect.

Play involves running around the world to find secrets, hidden areas and bonus loot. As you do you stumble into turn-based battles where you call upon the Figments that you have collected. You take turns attacking and defending, which can be a bit of a grind. But as you craft abilities and put together different combinations of Figments this becomes more engaging.

The result is a game that offers a simple linear story and straightforward battles. These are particularly good for younger players who enjoy learning through repetition. What starts as slow progress is transformed, by the sheer number of Figment and ability combinations, into a detailed and creative system. This is paired with a light-touch story about how our positive and negative traits can help and hinder us, to offer a game that is visually striking and addresses themes of mental health.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Outbound Ghost 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Role-Play and Sequencing game with Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context and mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. This game features mild violence, which is always directed at cartoon-like fantasy characters. Violence is unrealistic in nature, as are reactions to it. Characters flash when hit, damage is indicated using numbers and there is no visible harm. When defeated, characters turn into crystals.

Skill Level

10+ 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.

CostsCosts

The Outbound Ghost

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
The game is only available to purchase physically. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/09/2022, updated in 2022

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Role-Play, Sequencing (Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 39 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Developer: Conradical Games (@ConradicalGames)


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