Hippocampal (Freegamer)



"You are an astronaut taking some time off in orbit, remembering your latest holidays, when suddenly coming from nowhere some monsters crash into you and bring you back on earth… What are you gonna do?? Take revenge for this cosmic attack? Find the way to enjoy your holidays? Prevent that those creatures attack the earth? It all depends on the trauma of the crash, right?" - Author's description

Why play it? Hippocampal is an experimental game that mixes silly, discordant comedy with slow exploration of strange brutalist structures. Imagine watching a VHS tape of 2001: A Space Odyssey that has been partly recorded over with a Looney Tunes cartoon - the slapstick and canned laughter ruining the ambiance.

The idea behind Hippocampal seems to be to play with how we make sense of narrative and the virtual spaces we interact with. Really, it feels like a deconstruction of verisimilitude in order to make a statement. If not that, then it at least seems to be an attempt to get you thinking critically about how mediums present and structure their entertainment and art. It's for you to decide what to make of it.

Either way, Freegamer has deliberately gone out of its way to make no sense and to confuse you; but to also provide you with strong, memorable images to toil over for days after playing. - Chris

Purchase on Desura for £2.99 (Windows)