Californium

Taking the form of wacky shenanigans and a first-person experience of a bad trip, Californium pays homage to sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall, The Man in the High Castle, etc.) by transporting you into the life of a writer who is searching for his own identity. Will you find what’s behind the simulacra ?

Berkeley, 1967. Experience the perils of coming down off acid, a post-breakup bout of depression, and the anguish of a dying career: Welcome to the life of Elvin Green, a science fiction writer in deep distress. Get ready for a sensory trip that will derail your sense of reality and replace it with powerful hallucinations. You spend your time and money on drugs and cheap alcohol, and are plagued by insomnia and struggles with blank page syndrome. Vague memories of your wife Thea and your editor Don bleed into each other. Everything you thought was real starts to crumble.

It would be so simple to give in to the promises of alternate realities, each one more attractive than the next… Will you let these ever-present voices take control of your mind?

Californium plunges you into a psychedelic world, leaving you searching for glitches in the matrix.

Darjeeling, Nova Production and ARTE France are proud to present this downright love letter to the world of Philip K. Dick. Experience counterintuitive art direction by Olivier Bonhomme (Homo Machina), an exhilarating soundtrack by Xavier Thiry, and an incredible performance by actor Paul Bandey in the part of the mysterious Theta.
Minimum Requirements
OS: Windows 7 or Higher
Processor: Intel Core i3 2.00 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0)
Storage: 2 GB available space
Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.8
Processor: Intel Core i3
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher
Storage: 2 GB available space
  • [Californium] did get challenging at times, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t rage quit once or twice, but in the end the reward for finishing was worth it.

  • Californium is a video game UFO. A very good game about sci-fi and Philip K. Dick life. It's a strange experience with lot of psychedelia. When you play it, you just want one thing: to open a k.Dick book.

  • What if the ideas and the themes of Philip K. Dick’s novels become a videogame? The result might be Californium, a first person-adventure with a simple and extremely linear gameplay but with great storytelling and an inspired setting.

  • The debut title from Darjeeling in an ambitious one, but somehow it misses the target. Considered as a pure homage to Philip K. Dick, it's even too didactic; as a first-person interactive adventure, it's pretty basic and repetitive. But if you're a fan of P.K.D., you'll find some interesting and fascinating stuff.

  • Californium is a pitch perfect visualization of the death rattle of the hippie dream, a glimpse into worlds locked behind the liquid dreams of acid. It is also suffers from design and pacing flaws that take away from the overall experience and limit its audience.

  • Californium is an overdose of style hindered by a terrible gameplay concept.

  • It's a complex game, and surely not a mainstream one. If you're looking for something different, and you are interested in Philip K. Dick's works, you might find something really interesting here.

  • LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    Beautiful Californium is designed for anyone who just wants to escape anywhere from reality. Philip Kindred Dick would be proud. [Issue#262]

  • Starts strongly, but soon fades into a slog through samey puzzles and ever-weaker environments.

  • Californium is only here to deliver the report: life is a pixel hunt, and there is no hint line.

  • An interesting concept about a writer declining into a madness unfortunately suffers from a poor storytelling, boring pixel hunting, and at the end it’s only a waste of time.

Californium
$6.99 $2.45
Title: Californium
Genre: Adventure, Indie
Released: 17 February 2016
Developer: Darjeeling
Publisher: ARTE France
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