- Paratopic buy now for Windows PC, Mac and Linux, watch in-game video footage, screenshots and read reviews - Smuggle contraband VHS tapes across the border. Discover the remnants of illicit industry. Prepare for an assassination. This is Paratopic, a.
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Developer Arbitrary Metric have put out a rather interesting retro-3D horror title with Linux support and it's quite an experience. Note: Key provided by the developer.
This is actually the 'Definitive Cut edition' (the previous version didn't have a Linux version), which includes new areas to visit as well as the usual tweaks and improvements you would expect from an updated version.
Paratopic is a short but dynamic and detailed 30-50 minute game. Paratopic is currently available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Get the 9-track Soundtrack Edition for $8.99. FLAC & MP3 downloads provided, as well as a bonus 9-track collection of outtakes & extended cuts!
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- A narrative, horror tinged adventure game that takes you on a journey through a cruel fever dream world.
- Cutting between numerous detailed and varied vignettes, unravel how the stories of three separate characters intersect.
- Explore the detritus of forbidden industry, kill, drive through the night, find yourself in conversation with some very off-kilter individuals.
- A leisurely playthrough should take forty five minutes give or take, with plenty more to discover in the detailed, grimey low polygon environments. Or speedrun it, if you'd prefer.
- Over an hour of gorgeous dark ambient music is used to create our subtly dynamic soundscape. An anachronistic blend of modern and outdated production as glitches and textural pads meet synthesis & sampling akin to a haunted recollection of 90s Unreal Engine soundtracks.
It's a definitely a game to have the lights off and headphones on. A thoroughly strange game and that's being kind, but something about it is quite compelling. I liked it enough to finish it and it's left me with many questions. I don't think I saw all it has either, I think there's a number of secrets I missed that I want to go back and find. Since it's so short I won't talk about any specifics of what happened, you will need to experience it for yourself. If a short and well presented experience is what you're after—go for it.
Find it on itch.io and Steam.Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Horror’s best quality is that it doesn’t have to make sense to be scary.
This is the lynchpin behind some of the greatest works of horror fiction: humanity comes in contact with the incomprehensible and somehow manages to escape and live long enough to tell the tale. Yet mostly, the form does not match the function. Horror fiction is told in much the same way as many other types of stories: You meet the characters, there is a slow buildup to the terrifying action, then a climax and a resolution. There’s nothing wrong with this, it just starts to get predictable after a while.
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Many, many horror games live in this space. You meet your characters and establish the setting, then the horror escalates (usually as you complete concrete progression tasks like picking up keys or loose sheets of paper with bad 2000s emo poetry on them). Finally, there is a climax, and a resolution. It’s rare to play a game where the frame of the story is as questionable as the horror we’re supposed to be running from/toward.
Paratopic is a 2018 game from Arbitrary Metric, a studio consisting of Jessica Harvey and Lazzie Brown, with assistance from Doc Burford. It just came out on the Nintendo Switch thanks to port work from Baltoro Games. Let me tell you about my first playthrough.
I’m sitting in a hallway. Someone – a customs agent, maybe, or just a regular old cop – is harassing me. I ask to speak to my lawyer. They try getting me to tell them about some tapes I was found with. I ask again to speak to my lawyer. You don’t talk to cops without a lawyer present. They walk down the hall and into a room. Some light flashes, and I hear screaming, then I’m in a diner. I can pick up a gun or a camera, so I pick up the gun. Then I’m sitting across from a man with a shifting face. Then I’m in my dilapidated apartment. Then I’m driving. Then I’m in the woods.
This is where part of the horror of Paratopic is derived. By shifting me from scene to bewildering scene with little to no explanation of what I’m doing, the game lets my imagination run wild with its own possibilities. What could I be doing smuggling tapes? It’s never explained. Why am I in the forest, chasing a pink sparrow? It’s never explained. Who is the man with the shifting face? It’s never explained. And why should it be? I haven’t been here long enough to be worthy of an explanation. The game builds its moments of tension by alternating the abruptness of the scene changes with long, drawn out moments of driving down a highway in twilight, with nothing but the radio to keep us company.
And when the game ends, it’s time to play again. Maybe more of the mystery will be revealed, maybe not. It’s really not up to us. Make good choices, I guess.
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Look, it’s cliche as hell to call something “Lynchian,” I know, but in playing this game I’m reminded not of anything specific David Lynch has made but of his interviews with press.
“Eraserhead is actually my most spiritual film.”
“Really? Can you elaborate on that?”
That is Paratopic to me, at least at the end of my first playthrough. There’s also a sense of “fuck around, find out” there, where maybe I shouldn’t spend more time finding out every little secret, because what I actually end up discovering might be too terrible to behold. It’s delightful to have a game I can spend a short time in per session and be so thoroughly challenged by in terms of form and function.
Give it a whirl. It’s on the Switch eShop.
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