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  • genre action / adventure / platformer
  • download size 3.9 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 3363 user ratings.
  • release date April 19, 2005
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English, French, German
  • developer / publisher Double Fine Productions / Double Fine Productions
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual (30 pages)
  • 49 artworks
  • 3 HD wallpapers
  • 14 avatars

What's cool about it:

  • A brilliant story that will not let go of you until you finish the game
  • An absolutely unique atmosphere with a psychedelical level design by Tim Schafer's famous Double Fine team
  • One of the greatest titles of the platformer genre


Delve into people's minds as Raz, a powerful young cadet at a psychic summer camp. While working on his merit badge in levitation, Raz discovers that someone is kidnapping psychic children and stealing their brains. To foil this evil plot and earn the title of Psychonaut, Raz must project himself into the mind of one bizarre character after another to battle their nightmares and inner demons. He does all this while continuing to earn psychic merit badges in subjects such as telekinesis, clairvoyance and fire-starting.

This amazing 3D platformer adventure, full of brilliant humor, trippy setting, and surreal action, became famous for its originality and excellence of design. If you're looking for a unique gaming experience, this is a fine pick. More than just fine, as a matter of fact--double fine!

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Language, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Bad Language, Bad Language, Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Intel Core i series recommended) Memory: 2 GB DDR3 RAM (4 GB recommended) Graphics: ATI X1600 / NVIDIA 8600GT / Intel HD3000 or better card with at least 128 MB VRAM(ATI HD 3870 / Nvidia 8800GT or better with at least 512 MB VRAM recommended). 4 GB minimum hard drive space. Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. Patched to version 1.05

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Posted on 2009-11-05 10:48:11 byXTimmy's avatarXTimmy:

You see this? This is what gaming used to be, you see how it is original, fun, interesting, unique, intelligent and dosen't appeal to drunken frat-boys? This is what gaming should be. Buy this game. Do it now.

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Intelligent thoughtful creative and very different.

Posted on 2009-11-08 07:38:50 byshadi.lahham's avatarshadi.lahham:

Psychonauts is one of the few few games that get everything almost perfect.
The characters you encounter are quite interesting and varried and each has their own style and personality. They add a lot of flavor to the game. One of the most rewarding acitivites is to see how the various characters react to certain events and situations. Upon finishing a level, it is quite fun toread more talk to every possible character and try every possible ability and item on them. it opens up interesting dialogs and gives a lot of life to the characters and the Psychonauts world as a whole.
The levels are immaginative and very thought out. Each has a different focus and the game feels completely different on some of them. Artistically there are very well done giving each a unique look and feel. Most levels tell a mini story or help you discover something of the past and history of a character.
In terms of difficulty more levels are not frustrating and are quite fun even when you don't succeed the first time. The only exception might be the last two levels which feel a little out of sync with the rest of the game, being either bland or frustratingly difficult (however with a little patience manageable). It is worthwhile to collect all possible items in a level even if that is not required to finish the game. The extra challenge give satisfaction and gives you a reason to revisit some of the older levels with new abilities. Collecting everything also unlocks the original material and videos that are included. These are absolutely brilliant! The include original sketches and drafts done while designing the game and you can see how much effort and though has gone into every little detail and how faithfully some things have been realized in the game itself. These sketches and videos contain a lot of surprises and are quite fun to explore.
The various abilities you add on as the game progresses are add a lot to the game. Some much more useful than others, but all of them offer up new possibilities of playing the game in various ways. It's also interesting to see how an npc or an enemy reacts when you use a new power on them. It gives many new possibilities of experimentation.
The voice acting is superb and adds a lot of atmosphere to the characters and the game. All the characters are well done and the voices add a lot to their personality. The conversations are fun and interesting and like everything else help to add a lot of depth to the game.
The game is not very long but it's not short either. It feels just right. The only frustration is that the ending leaves you begging for "Psychonauts 2" and you know that's not coming. The game is fun to replay after a few months or years and doesn't feel old even when revisiting.
A little advice, spend some time to set up the control scheme for the game when you start. It allows you to play with any combination of gamepad , keyboard and mouse. I found that after taking the time to configure the game to my liking, the control seemed much more natural and fun. You should also not be limited to one control scheme. I found that in some situations it is more appropriate to use just the gamepad while in others I prefer to use the mouse. The game lets you use both at the same time, so it is easy to jump from one to the other as you see fit.
All in all Pychonauts is a very fun and rewarding experience and is the perfect example of how games should be designed and played.

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Totally awesome game. It takes a little while to get going...

Posted on 2009-11-05 10:11:52 bysoulgrindr's avatarsoulgrindr:

But once it does it totally rocks. It has some of the best characters, stories and ideas of any game ever.
A few tips to get the most out of it. I found it unplayable with mouse/keyboard... but a $5 dual analog usb gamepad was enough to make it rock. Also, the first level isn't the best in the game, and at the beginning you don't have many platforming powers, attacks, more so give it some time. Finally, make sure you explore the hub world and talk to all the other kids every chance you get... it's not essential, but it progresses all the backstories and makes the game much more deep, involving and fun.
Almost every level is unique, has a different art-style (all awesome), a different level mechanic and a different vibe. I won't spoil them by going into details.
One of the best games ever.

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