& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Inside Outing is a 3D action / puzzle game that I've
struggle to beat for years, but at last I've completed
it - which is a huge relief. The game is quite easy to
play, but there are some very difficult sections which
make it a bit too difficult without cheating. You play
the part of a thief who has been lured into a mansion by
a lady who's husband has recently passed away. Her
husband has hidden 12 jewels around the mansion, but
failed to tell his wife where he hid them. You are now
trapped in the mansion and have to find the jewels and
give them to the lady who will in return give you the
key to freedom. The house is full of birds and mice that
drain your energy. You can pick up pieces of cheese that
temporarily freeze the mice, which is handy when you
need time in a room to search or pile up objects to
climb onto to reach higher ledges. Some jewels are
hidden out of sight, so you have to work blind on some
occasions which will drive you mad at times. Overall
though, I've always liked this game, even though it is
too hard. The graphics are good, it's easy to control
and the mansion is fun to explore. It's easy to get
around 8 jewels, but it's the remaining 4 that will test
even the best of gamers. If you have the patience, this
game is worth playing - if you don't I would strongly
advise against playing this one as it will drive you up
And so the final task
WTF?! The End!
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used an infinite energy cheat.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once the final jewel is returned to the old dear in the
bedroom, you are able to move the painting on the
bedroom wall to reveal a safe. In the safe is the key to
the door in the hallway. When you open the door in the
hallway the game is beaten. So... Did I escape ? Was the
thief free from the mansion ? Well.. to my surprise the
thief did not get free! You enter another room, which is
full of thieves. I'm guessing these are other thieves
who have been trapped by the old lady that have
previously tried to find the jewels for her. Looks like
I've been stitched up by the tricky old lady!
- Andrew Fisher:
At the time I was impressed by someone trying to do
isometric 3D in full colour on the C64. Sadly at times
it slows down a lot and it's not always clear where you
have to go or what you have to do in a room. Saying
that, it's still an interesting game.
As for the ending... I like it a lot, something
- Andy Vaisey:
Hmmm... this has thrown up a bit of an anomaly for me.
When I look at ZZAP! pages, memories come back and I
remember originally reading reviews etc. I clearly
remember the issue of ZZAP! that this game was reviewed
in, but have absolutely no memory whatsoever of this
game or review. Odd...
I fully agree with Andrew's comments above and would
give it a similar ending score I think.
- Brendan Phoenix:
Did they do a new updated colour review in ZZAP! tribute
a few years back?
Always liked the look of this and played it on the Amiga
(was it called Raffles on there as well?) 3D isometric
games like this always interested me and it is a bit of
an unheard classic (as is Treasure Trap on the Amiga)
Ending is so so, but it really is missing some sort of
text epilogue for me.
surprise ending to this one. I thought I was certain to
escape the mansion.
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