Tag Archives: psychedelic independent gaming

Getting all jiggly with Octodad

6 May

The video above shows some awesome animation and physics glitches from that Octodad game.

The game plays a bit like a combination of the hotel room destruction in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. But while The Metamorphosis is a story about the rigid nature of overcome family structures and the fragility of identity in the beginning of the 20th century in Europe, Octodad is the story about… how it’s still complicated… sometimes… you know, standing, walking, stuff like that.

On the game’s homepage (where you can download it for free) the developers wrote:

“Octodad is a third person adventure game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about a day of his life. His existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan nature a secret from his human family.”

I certainly know that feeling.

I really hope they can get Johnny Depp (and not Robin Williams) for the unavoidable Octodad: The Movie (start around 00:45).


8 Jan

The Samorost games are beautifully crafted “point and click” puzzle adventures by the independent czech studio Amanita Design.  Especially the art direction will give you a lot to admire on your magical journey.  The suspicious looking character at around 0:57 gives a hint at how all that incredible detail of the graphics is enjoyed best.

You can play the whole first game and the first chapter of the second right away here and here in your browser.

Acid Couch

16 Oct

“I have done acid. Will you babysit me, please? I cannot get off the couch.”

You can play it here right away in your browser.

Trippy Trends in Minecraft: Freefall

2 Oct

We have covered Minecraft before here on dpv. But this time the psychedelic activity is completely user generated. And this proofs an important point: If people would live in a box of legos they would still look for a way to trip.

It is also interesting to compare the aesthetics especially of the first video to the trippy sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

More Psychedelic PC Gaming: The Unfinished Swan

4 Sep

This one is kind of picking up the thread from The Devil’s Tuning Fork and the recent Painting Reality post.

Like The Devil’s Tuning Fork you are exploring your surroundings from a first person perspective through creative interaction. The world may be already there and finished, but your possibilities of interaction depend on you filling the – in this case big white or big black – blanks.

Mushroom Enhanced Kung Fu Fighting: Rag Doll Kung Fu

28 Aug

The original Rag Doll Kung Fu was an independently developed (by the now “game of the year”-famous makers of Little Big Planet) drug infested rag doll fighting game. It was blasting with marijuana leaves, explicit mushroom abuse and colorful space and time bending effects. I would say it was THE stoner-movie among video games.

You can still play it and there is a free-to-play demo available. Check out the games homepage.

Psychedelic Indie Gaming: Spheres of Chaos

21 Aug

Another secret classic of psychedelic independent pc-gaming. At first glance Spheres of Chaos might be just another Asteroids clone. But after playing it for only a few minutes one realizes that this one is aiming  for your brain… to burst into millions of colorful pieces.

From a review found on the games homepage:
“Imagine a world where instead of using his experiences with LSD to become an evangelist of therapeutic psychadelia, Timothy Leary had instead opted to learn assembler and program low-budget shmups for pc-download.”

Download the game for free here.

epic psychedelic battles of pong

6 Mar

Pong is a classic in the history of video games. While there might not be much to see, everyone will recognize it instantly.

Now Plasma Pong adds a little twist to the familiar and classic Atari design by letting you manipulate the trajectory of the ball through the plasma surrounding it.

Another great thing about the game is that it includes a sandbox mode where you can just play around with the real-time fluid and particle effects for the joy of it.

You can download the game for free (there is also a mac version).

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