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Catherine
Catherine

Adventure 10 February 2011

An intriguing combination of a puzzle game with an adventure of light erotic colour. In production we play the role of a young man, who struggles with many social problems. At night, the daredevil also experiences real nightmares.

Alice: Madness Returns
Alice: Madness Returns

Action 14 June 2011

A third-person action game with elements of 3D platformer and adventure game, designed by American McGee and his Spice Horse studio. Similarly to the previous work of that developer, i.e. American McGee’s Alice, also this game is a reinterpretation of a novel by Lewis Carroll. After ten years of dealing with catatonic schizophrenia caused by the tragic death of her parents, the eponymous heroine has a chance of getting back to a normal life. However, a hypnosis session at a psychiatrist ends up with Alice returning to Wonderland, which has greatly degenerated since the protagonist’s last visit. In Alice: Madness Returns you explore a string of locations, jump over platforms, avoid numerous traps, solve various logic puzzles and fight opponents using unusual weapons – such as a kitchen knife or a deck of deadly cards. The adventures are presented in high-quality audiovisuals with a unique art style – locations known from the original story were recreated in a much darker, distorted version.

Twin Mirror
Twin Mirror

Adventure 2020

Twin Mirror is a non-linear adventure game set in a mysterious American town. The game’s protagonist loses his memories after brutal events of a single night and tries to learn what happened. This requires an investigation both in a real world and the character’s own mind.

Devotion
Devotion

Adventure 19 February 2019

First person adventure game with elements of survival horror. Devotion takes place in Taiwan in the 1980s. The title presents a story inspired by Far Eastern beliefs and folklore. The Taiwanese Red Candle Games studio is responsible for its creation,

Another Sight
Another Sight

Adventure 06 September 2018

An adventure game in which we follow the fate of the blind girl, Kit, and her unusual companion - Hodge the cat. Another Sight takes us on a journey through an alternative reality in which there is a mysterious underground world under London, home to a secret society of the greatest inventors and artists in history.

Monument Valley
Monument Valley

Logic 03 April 2014

A puzzle game in which we lead a silent princess I'm going through the surrealistic world of title monuments, helping her by manipulating the environment and creating optical illusions. Monument Valley is distinguished by its artistic, minimalist graphic design, inspired by Japanese paintings and paintings by Maurits Cornellis Escher.

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG
YIIK: A Postmodern RPG

RPG 17 January 2019

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG is a surrealistic jRPG set in the 1990’s. It was developed by the independent developer Ackk Studios, creators of games like Chromosphere: The Two Brothers and Two Brothers. The story focuses on the mysterious disappearance of Sammy Pak who was taken by supernatural forces while using an elevator. Her friends decide to embark on a dangerous journey to save her. The single player campaign will give us around twenty five hours of gameplay. Our party of eight moves around an isometric-presented map, every once in a while taking part in turn-based battles against our enemies. The game uses Unity Engine. Visuals in YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG are much different from what we can see in other jRPGs as the game lacks any sort of manga-inspired style. All of the game's dialogues are voice acted.

Waking
Waking

Action August 2019

An action adventure game in which we play the role of a hero in a coma. During the game, we answer questions that determine the means at our disposal during the journey through the nightmarish reality. The main source of inspiration for Waking was the Souls series, which manifests itself primarily in the combat system.

Quern: Undying Thoughts
Quern: Undying Thoughts

Adventure 28 November 2016

First-person adventure with elements of a logical game, which draws on the achievements of the cult series Myst. The player ends up on a mysterious island with the ultimate goal of discovering the truth about its past and discovering its secrets. The above mentioned goals translate into a gameplay whose pillars are exploration of a vast world and solving more or less complex puzzles. The whole was maintained in a characteristic, surrealist style, inspired by the work of Julius Verne.

Genesis Noir
Genesis Noir

Adventure 2020

Genesis Noir is an artistic noir adventure game in which the player explores the universe and tries to influence it in such a way as to prevent a tragedy in the form of death of a person close to him.

Figment
Figment

Action 22 September 2017

An action-adventure game offering a surrealistic atmosphere and developed by Bedtime Digital Games. Figment is set in a world which depicts the subconsciousness of a 40-year-old man. When his calm mind got attacked by nightmares symbolizing everyday frights, two friends stood up to them. Dusty is an embodiment of courage; as for Rusty, she manifests optimism and bears a resemblance to birds. The game is played from an isometric view and the experience is based mainly on exploring locations filled with traps and fighting enemies and bosses encountered. Interestingly, the stronger enemies sometimes are not eager to fight and only through backing them into a corner can the player confront them, which requires finding the weak spots of the adversary and taking advantage of them. The game world is filled with sounds and music, which illustrates the player's actions. The in-game environments are presented with thr use of colorful, hand-drawn graphics reminiscent of the works by Salvador Dali.

When the Darkness Comes
When the Darkness Comes

Adventure 01 March 2019

When the Darkness Comes is a horror movie narrative game belonging to the so-called walking simulators. Players travel through a distorted world that is designed to depict the problems caused by depression. Sirhaian studio is in charge of the production.

The Shattering
The Shattering

Adventure 2019

The Shattering is a PC-based action adventure game. The production offers a climate of psychological horror, allowing us to explore the interior of the mind of a mentally troubled hero, where we have to deal with both puzzles and agility challenges.

Yume Nikki
Yume Nikki

Adventure 26 June 2004

A free adventure game developed for PCs. Yume Nikki features no dialogues or typical puzzles, instead focusing on exploring disturbing nightmares of a Japanese woman in search of magical items.

Anamorphine
Anamorphine

Adventure 31 July 2018

An adventure game, in which the players assume the role of Tyler - a young man who is fighting his guilt. His wife's music career has perished and there is no way for him to help her. The main protagonist escapes into the world of memories and decides to relive the most important moments of his life.

Empathy: Path of Whispers
Empathy: Path of Whispers

Adventure 16 May 2016

A somewhat surrealistic FPP adventure game and a debut of Pixel Night studios, focusing on exploration and plot. The story of Empathy takes place in a collapsing world, where the few remaining cities were reduced to shelters for small human populations, and where life seems to be dying out. We explore the setting through the eyes of a child led by a mysterious spirit on their journey to return the order to this world. The protagonist will come across memories and feelings of the people of the past, which we must experience to solve puzzles and find the reason behind the calamity. What stands out the most in the game is its storytelling. We can play as any person whose memory we find, which lets us discover things we would miss otherwise. This creates a unique atmosphere, enhanced by suggestive visuals that were created with Unreal Engine 4.

Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams
Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams

Adventure 14 October 2018

An exploratory adventure game, in which we travel through oneiric locations. Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams requires a virtual reality set to move our heads, and look around while interacting with elements of the environment with the help of motion controllers.

Yumenikki -Dream Diary-
Yumenikki -Dream Diary-

Adventure 23 February 2018

YUMENIKKI -DREAM DIARY- is a narrative surreal horror adventure game. The title is a commercial remake of the cult free game from 2004. The new version abandons two-dimensional graphics and features fully three-dimensional visuals. It also expands the story with new features.

After the End: Forsaken Destiny
After the End: Forsaken Destiny

Adventure 17 February 2017

After the End: Forsaken Destiny is an adventure puzzle game developed by the indie studio Neople Games. The game takes us to a surrealistic world filled with mysteries. We play as a father and son who got separated in space and time. We observe the action from an isometric perspective. Gameplay focuses on the exploration of twelve diversified levels and solving various riddles and puzzles. Some of them will require only a pull of lever, others will make us manipulate the game's environment or the camera angle. We will also collect gems and pieces of statuettes that will alow us to rebuild the forgotten ancestors' statues. After the End: Forsaken Destiny's visuals bring games like Journey and Monument Valley to mind and are the title's strong suit.

Amazing Katamari Damacy
Amazing Katamari Damacy

Arcade 07 December 2017

An endless runner and a new installment of the Katamari series. The player assumes control of a ball that has smaller objects stick to it, increasing its size and picking up bigger and bigger elements of the environment with it as you go along.

The Franz Kafka Videogame
The Franz Kafka Videogame

Adventure 06 April 2017

A classic point-and-click adventure game by Denis Galanin, the creator of Hamlet or last game without MMORPG elements, shaders, and product placement. The plot of The Franz Kafka Videogame was inspired by the works and life of the eponymous writer. The story, however, is not an exact copy of its literary predecessors, but follows a different plot, in which you can find references to e.g. the novels The Castle and America, as well as the stories The Judgement, The Metamorphosis, and others. The gameplay consists of exploring and solving logic puzzles, which require analytical thinking and the ability to associate facts. The visuals of The Franz Kafka Videogame feature hand-drawn 2D backgrounds and simple animations in a style resembling that of René Magritte's paintings.

Smash Hit
Smash Hit

Arcade 06 March 2014

Smash Hit is an arcade game in which we explore the surreal world and destroy the glass objects appearing on our way with metal balls. The production is characterized by advanced physics, refined graphics and realistic sound effects of broken glass.

Path to Mnemosyne
Path to Mnemosyne

Adventure 26 September 2018

An original adventure game, in which we take control of a girl who wants to regain her lost memories. The game's protagonist runs, getting past obstacles and solving puzzles, which allows her to move on.

Clinically Dead
Clinically Dead

Logic 06 December 2018

An unusual production by Pawel Mogila from Mogila Games. The title features elements characteristic for logic, action, platform, and even stealth games. You assume the role of Samson who, as the title outright states, is clinically dead. This means that for him, the time has stopped – due to that, he can contemplate his whole life. This translates into traveling through surreal places, which symbolize the hero’s mind, and talking with his own subconsciousness. In Clinically Dead, the action is presented from the first-person perspective. Logic puzzles are the backbone of the game – you need to manipulate time, represented by multi-colored stains on the environment elements. Your job is to maneuver these objects so that they adjust correctly at the right moment, which unlocks another location. Moreover, the hero also jumps on the platforms, faces opponents (using melee weapons or magic bullets), or sneaks behind their backs. This is a non-linear title featuring locations connected by multiple paths.

Of Light and Darkness: The Prophecy
Of Light and Darkness: The Prophecy

Adventure 13 April 1998

A surrealistic point-and-click adventure realized from the perspective of the first person. Transferred in time, Mike is considered to be the chosen one to save the world from the apocalypse announced by the prophets. To defeat the dark Mr. Seventh Millennium, our hero has to deal with souls known from the history of sinners.

Tangiers
Tangiers

Action 2020

A stealth action game developed by Andalusian Games. Tangiers takes place in an unusual, surreal world inspired by the works of Man Ray, William S. Burroughs or James Ballard. The gameplay itself was inspired by the Thief series - the player has to complete his goals by employing stealth, including sneaking or laying out traps. One of the highlights of the game is the eavesdropping mechanics, which enables us to listen in to conversations and then elicit the heard words later to distract our opponents. The environment is influenced by our actions, and can change its looks depending on the approach we’ve chosen, while the player can equip of a number of useful items that can be used to take care of the encountered opponents.