Have you ever wanted to venture into the intricate, inexplicable minds of those you acquaint yourself with, and defeat a bunch of censors to protect their mental health? Well, you could do that way back in 2005, when Psychonauts was gracefully brought into the world by Tim Schafer and Double Fine.
However, there is no better time than now to jump in and experience one of the best games of the 00’s.
Psychonauts is currently absolutely free on the Humble Store and will be for two days, meaning you can grab it and then tell all your friends to pick it up too.
Despite not selling very well in its heydey the game has garnered a hefty cult following, and that makes sense because Psychonauts is fantastic.
The art style is extremely unique, and the moment to moment 3D platforming is some of the best, if not the best in the genre. You can roll around on a ball of psychic energy, set squirrels on fire… you can even Jedi mind trick unsuspecting campers at Whispering Rock.
On top of that, it has an incredible score from the inimitable Peter McConnell, who provided the tunes for Monkey Island 2, Grim Fandango and most of the Sly Cooper series.
The story is heartfelt and hilarious, and if you look past the games childish glow there are some deep and meaningful messages to reflect upon. The core gameplay loop of jumping into somebody’s brain and fighting their demons speaks for itself.
Give it a shot. It’s aces. Sniff that bacon and get all up in Coach Oleanders noggin for me.
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