Indie Game Review: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space

Digital Eels new game Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is a roguelike exploration / adventure / combat game set in space in the galaxy called Purple Void. The game generates a unique “instant space opera” with each play, featuring random locations, events that keep the game feeling perpetually fresh.

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space lasts just thirty minutes, making it perfect for breaks when you get sick of work and want to kick back with some intergalactic action.

Thirty minutes, of course, isn’t a long run-time for a game. The game has no ambition for weighty stories or complex narratives, it just wants to invite you into your spaceship and have you explore the map.  Depending on how you feel about short games, the thirty-minute runtime could be a complete turn off. Then again, if you just want a simple, quick and enjoyable spell of gaming, it could well be perfect for you.

Minimalism really is the main point of Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. With next to no story or dialogue, and with gameplay based around pointing and clicking, you’re going feel familiar with the game in no time. Your main challenge will come from acquiring a high score from the loot you accrue in your thirty minutes of play, as well as character-specific goals. If you don’t complete your goals within the allotted time your score will suffer badly.

Along your way through space you’ll come across both friends and foes. You’ll need to pick your fights wisely too, as you certainly won’t win all of them. Choosing the right fights will give you rewards while allowing you to avoid the punishment of losing everything.


So far, everything I’ve written about Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space makes the game sound somewhat limited when in reality there is more to the game than meets the eyes. There’s a lot of depth to gameplay, with inventory management being particularly important. You also need to keep an eye on the clock. Visiting planets can nab you some good loot but will also knock precious minutes off the clock.  Thankfully, certain items enable faster travel. By grabbing the right equipment in the early stages of play you’ll greatly increase your chances of earning a high score.

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is a hard game to sum-up. On the one hand, casual gamers will love it for its brevity. Then again, hardcore players will appreciate the hidden depth of gameplay. The fact that there’s a pretty solid community making mods is going to help no end too.

For its uniqueness and the fact that it can be played in just thirty minutes, which makes it perfect for busy gamers who want deep gameplay but don’t have the time for an epic, I have to recommend Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. Head over to the game developers website for more about this most intriguing title.

Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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