Inside Outing

• Publisher: The Edge
• Developer:
The Edge
Release Date: 1988
Code: Unknown

GFX: Unknown
Music: Wally Beben

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 85%


FILE: insideoutingend.zip



• Completed & 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 the wall.

And so the final task is completed...

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!


  • Neil: An original ending to an original game. I've loved and hated playing this one, but I'm quite happy that there's something at the end of it. After twenty years of frustration, this one can finally be laid to rest.
  • Vinny: WOW! This cool game must have passed me by! I honestly don't remember ever hearing about it or seeing it back in the day - or since! It's looks like a lot of fun and the back-story is cool too. I'll have to add it to my list of ' Commodore 64 games I need to play before I die' ;-)

    As for the ending... it made me laugh. Obviously the old lady is collecting thieves :-) A great twist to the ending and good execution by the programmer. 5/10 from me too.
  • 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 different. 6/10.
  • 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.

FINAL SAY: A surprise ending to this one. I thought I was certain to escape the mansion.

G.E. RATING: 5 / 10

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