"Beholder" is a simulation of the life of an ordinary human being at the frightening dystopian World where the State controls every aspect of private and social life.
You are a State-installed manager of a busy apartment complex and your main goal is to spy upon your rentals so peeping and eavesdropping is a job. You must enter the dwellings of your tenants while they're at work or simply out of apartments, install hidden surveillance equipment, and search their rooms for anything that threatens the authority of the State. Your job is also to watch everyone closely, listen to their conversations, and collect the information you need for putting together a dossier on each tenant. Ultimately, the decisions you make will shape each person's fate.
You will not only interfere with the privacy of your tenants, you will also track their loyalty to the State, suppress illegal activity, and embed in those you oversee the mindset the government desires. You must also ensure the well-being and comfort of your residents. After all, happy and well-fed people violate the law less, right?
Despite being a small screw in the vast and ruthless machinations of the State, you will always have a choice between being a diligent but thoughtless executor of the will of the State, or risking it all and remaining a human capable of empathy and sympathy.
For example, will you report the illegal activities of the father of a large family, knowing he'll never back down from the police, and leave his children without a breadwinner? Or will you take pity on him and give him a chance to set things right? Then again, you could blackmail him and obtain the money your family desperately needs. Or you could make life in his apartment so miserable, he moves and becomes someone else's problem. Making choices that affect the lives of people you don't know might sound easy, but would you reach the same decisions if the violator were a member of YOUR family? Or you would prefer to put violated staff under somebodys' cupboard and let it be checked first?
Will you accept the position of manager, or remain one of the faceless masses at the mercy of the ultimate authority? The State awaits your answer.
Grim dystopian world . Grim dystopian world, atmosphere of control and total state surveillance for every aspect of citizens’ life. Anyone can be a state enemy. Neither adults nor elderly nor kids are safe.
Total surveillance. The player will have to spy upon the house residents. Different types of surveillance cameras (from simple cameras with a small viewing angle up to large-format night vision cameras with recording functions), tapping devices with which one can put together a dossier for residents are at the player’s disposal. Constant searches in apartments allow finding evidences that declare inhabitants’ identities as well as evidences to prove offence.
State control. Every day the State publishes directive bans that are mandatory for all citizens. The house manager is the one to monitor how the directives are executed, otherwise he or she will be charged in aiding enemies and shot. What is prohibited today? Books, topics for conversations, household items, and luxuries? All that is legal today can be banned tomorrow.
Writing of accusations. A bureaucratic state constantly requires paperwork: characterizing each occupant, writing reports about their behavior and conversations. If a law violation is proved, the tenant will be immediately arrested and punished.
Collecting information. By searching tenants’ apartments, the player finds information about their personality and private life and then put a detailed dossier for every resident. A decent-looking math professor can be a violent choleric attacking neighbors, while a nice confectioner can agitate customers against the state behind the manager’s back.
Moral choice. The player will decide what to do with the collected information. One can follow the letter of the law and make an official dossier, which will result in an immediate punishment of the violator. But this is not the only option, the player can help tenants of the house, protect them from checks and arrests, and take care of his or her own profit, blackmailing those who violate the law. Is it an easy task to write an accusation when the offender is a member of your family?
Unique heroes. There are over 50 unique heroes with their own stories, personality, hobbies, and animation. Tenants’ settings change during the game and depend on the in-game events as well as on the player’s decisions.
Black market. Shelves in the state stores were emptied long ago, so in order to buy something really worthwhile, one has to pull strings. Tenants of different jobs will provide the player with access to various goods, alas, only those who have pulls can buy them.
Interaction with residents. The player has eight apartments for rent, a kitchen and a laundry room. All premises should be kept in good order, repaired in time and upgraded in order to house wealthier residents and receive more income. The player should talk to every person, get to know their anxieties and discontents, learn news and give gifts in order to increase their trust level. The better the tenant treats the manager, the more he or she can prove useful: report necessary information, sell unique items, tell a life story. If a tenant’s trust level is critically low, he or she can start fighting.
Different game strategies. There are different ways of achieving one and the same goal depending of the gameplay style. Establish trustful relations with a resident in order to get access to new goods? Put together a detailed dossier in order to get these goods by means of blackmail? Steal the goods without taking care of the consequences?
Flexible plot. The main story and available side stories depend on the player. Every decision matters and influences the story events. The player can witness more than 10 game ends by choosing different strategies. Whether resistance wins, or state authority becomes stronger, or residents’ values change completely. Will the main hero be sent to prison? Will his or her family survive?
“Warm Lamp Games”, a studio of experienced video game developers founded in Siberia in 2015. Behind the back of every member, there are many years of experience of creating successful and big selling projects for casual games market. Currently, the team includes 11 true professionals united by a common idea of developing a dream project. Game development is not only a job, but also a captivating process we put our heart and soul into.
The Humble Indie Bundle 18 has been announced, and it contains some amazing new indie releases, along with some classic indie touchstones. The bundle is divided into three tiers: if you pay $13 or above, you’ll receive all the games in the bundle, along with the bonus items. If you pay the average or more, you’ll receive all games with the exception of D-Pad Studio’s Owlboy. And if you pay what you want, you’ll get the first three games in the bundle. So what’s in the collection? Find out below!
Owlboy is a 'high-bit' adventure game, where you can fly and explore a brand new world in the clouds! Pick up your friends, and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome obstacles and greater enemies, in one of the most detailed adventures of this era.
Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist adventure game about a secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky, and the mysterious folks who travel it. Gameplay is inspired by point-and-click adventure games (like the classic Monkey Island or King's Quest series, or more recently Telltale's Walking Dead series), but focused on characterization, atmosphere and storytelling rather than clever puzzles or challenges of skill.
Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.
Beholder is a simulation of the life of an ordinary human being at the frightening dystopian World where the State controls every aspect of private and social life. You are a State-installed manager of a busy apartment complex and your main goal is to spy upon your rentals so peeping and eavesdropping is a job. You must enter the dwellings of your tenants while they're at work or simply out of apartments, install hidden surveillance equipment, and search their rooms for anything that threatens the authority of the State.
Become a neophyte sorcerer, and get ready for your rite of passage: Enter the labyrinth and face dangerous challenges to prove your worth and become a powerful wizard! The game focuses on fast-paced first person shooting, with an old-school vibe, and updated handling and game mechanics. Dungeon crawling and RPG/Roguelike elements are added into the mix, resulting in a fun, challenging and varied game, with lots of content to discover.
Windward is a fast-paced naval combat game set in the fantasy time period similar to the mid-17th century. It features a variety of different ships to choose from, different maps to play on, randomly generated booty to discover, talents to earn, ships to unlock, and plenty more. Play skirmish by yourself or with up to 15 of your friends and become a feared pirate like no other.
SteamWorld Heist is a space adventure with turn-based tactical shootouts, where you aim in real time and perform awesome bullet-bouncing trick shots. Join Captain Piper Faraday, smuggler and occasional pirate, as she recruits a rag-tag team of steam-driven robots and sets out on a daring adventure. With your hearty crew you'll board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your robots with unique abilities, weapons, and even stylish hats!
The Humble Indie Bundle 18 is also planning to reveal more games in the Pay The Average Tier soon; we’ll update this post with the details once they’re announced. And finally, if you Pay The Average, you’ll get the awesome soundtrack to Kentucky Route Zero, and if you pay $13 or above you’ll score Owlboy’s own amazing soundtrack, too.
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