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Antichamber, how to bend the mind of a gamer

by Han Cilliers (Lola)  Posted Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:51:01 AM

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Antichamber from Indie developer, Alexander Bruce, is a game right up my alley. It is a mind-bending psychological exploration game where nothing is as it seems. The game was hailed as a philosophical art piece titled "Hazard: The Journey Of Life" at the Tokyo Game Show for Sense of Wonder Night 2009.

Fancy a mind bend? Let’s take a look at the launch trailer.

 

From watching the trailer one gets an overall sense of dizziness and confusion. The blandness of the environment, the sudden bursts of bright colour coupled with peculiar drawings and awkward movement angles emphasizes a feeling of disorientation of the mind…and I am utterly thrilled by it.

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What is Antichamber?

Antichamber is a mind-bending psychological exploration game where nothing can be taken for granted. Discover an Escher-like world where hallways wrap around upon each other, spaces reconfigure themselves, and accomplishing the impossible may just be the only way forward.

Several years in the making, Antichamber received over 25 awards and honors throughout its development, in major competitions including the Independent Games Festival, the PAX10, IndieCade and Make Something Unreal. Antichamber was also supported by the Indie Fund.

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Key Features

  • A deeply psychological experience that will make you question everything you know about how a game works.
  • Mind-bending challenges that will subvert your expectations at every twist and turn.
  • An enormous, seamless non-Euclidean world to explore.
  • Lifelike soundscapes developed by Robin Arnott and an ambient soundtrack composed by Siddhartha Barnhoorn.
  • A gun that can create, destroy and manipulate matter, allowing you to discover new ways to overcome your surroundings.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.0+ GHz or better (dual core recommended)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 8000 series or higher (Shader Model 3 Compatible)
  • DirectX: 9.0c
  • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space

What the big guns say about Antichamber

“Even as the developer told me what the game was doing to mess with my brain while I was playing it, it still succeeded in messing with my brain.” - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

The most tenacious, infuriating obstacle you’ll face throughout the game is yourself.” - PC Gamer

"Antichamber will hereby known as Oh My God, My Favorite Game of PAX... If you get a chance to play this, do not hesitate." - Stephen Totilo, Kotaku

"Imagine trying to navigate a world where the laws of physics are always changing: where strange spaces and non-Euclidian geometry challenge your instincts." - Jacob Aron, NewScientist

"Everyone who has played it walks away in awe of the ingenious use of puzzles and counter-intuitive level design. It feels fresh and new." - Ben Kuchera, Penny Arcade

"It's a game about subverting players' expectations. As gamers, we've come to develop a certain way of thinking about games and Antichamber seeks to totally screw with our heads." - Billy Shibley, Machinima

Source: Antichamber Official Website

Will you be walking down the halls of your mind in the Antichamber world? It will unlock through Steam in approximately 12 hours.

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