A narrative tinged horror game that takes you on a journey through a cruel fever dream world.
Paratopic is an adventure, horror game made by Arbitrary Metric. You got caught smuggling VHS tapes across the border, and now there’s hell to pay. You want to find an elusive rare bird in the forest and snap its picture. You have to kill a man in the back room of a shady diner. Smuggle contraband VHS tapes across the border. Discover the remnants of illicit industry. Prepare for an assassination.
Release Date: 6 Sep, 2018
Developer: Arbitrary Metric
Publisher: Arbitrary Metric
Genre: Adventure, Indie
OS: Win 7
OS: Win 10
- A narrative, horror tinged adventure game that takes you on a journey through a cruel fever dream world.
- 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.
- Cutting between numerous detailed and varied vignettes, unravel how the stories of three separate characters intersect.
- 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 An anachronistic blend of modern and outdated production as glitches and textural pads meet synthesis & sampling akin to a haunted recollection of 90s Unreal Engine soundtracks.
- Explore the detritus of forbidden industry, kill, drive through the night, find yourself in conversation with some very off-kilter individuals.
This is Paratopic, an experimental first-person horror game, one of the best-rated horror titles on itch, and one of Rock, Paper, Shotgun's best games of 2018. It's the kind of game that lingers, haunting the dark corners of your mind after its credits roll. There's something off about it in a delightful way; the atmospheric fever dream of low-poly horror imagery shows, but never tells. Paratopic‘s city is a sooty husk, a ruin whose scarce inhabitants eke out day-to-day existence by taking dangerous smuggling jobs, murdering for money, or re-configuring their flesh in agonized cathode-ray rapture. You navigate the grime-y and lo-fi underworld mostly through multiple choice bits of dialogue, as surprising and off-putting set-pieces confuse or unsettle you with their twists. The audio is really creepy and even quite realistic at times and it really pulls you in. I enjoyed and somehow loved this experience, it's short but intense, give the game a chance, you may discover something unique that will change your perception.