Outer Wilds Lets You Find Something

The sun over Timber Hearth.

The magic of Outer Wilds — and it is magic — doesn’t come from unprecedented building blocks. The pieces it is constructed from are full of familiar parallels and influences; it’s like The Arrival, or like Groundhog Day, or like 2001, or like a variety of other recognizable touchstones. It’s a photo negative of No Man’s Sky, where instead the universe is cozy and gorgeously hand-crafted. It’s the tactile feel and believable…