Whether you love or hate psychedelic games they provide us with out of the world oddities and unexpected moments.
It’s a critically acclaimed puzzle platformer, and considered one of the greatest video games of all time. The basic story elements in Braid unfold as the protagonist Tim attempts to rescue a princess from a monster. Gameplay consists of solving physical puzzles in a standard platform game environment. The game is divided into six worlds entered from different rooms of Tim’s house, but the player can return to any world previously visited.
What defines Braid is the game element that gives players an unlimited ability to reverse time and rewind actions, even after dying. What’s so strange about it is that you don’t ever run out of the going back in time potion. You can just go back in time forever. Even all the way to the starting point of the game! This surely will give some chills to many, if not most.
If you want to feel like you’ve lost your mind after gruelling hours of playing Tetris Effect, then here is your game. Maybe the game will relax you with its dreamlike effects, making it feel like you’re in the after effects of a sleeping pill.
Dramatic symbols like triangles, circles etc. pop up in the background as if you just took psychedelics. One moment you’re staring at the constellations in the background, then you get distracted from getting a high score! The puzzles you put together and may just light up as a modified version of the regular Tetris. If you prefer a regular game of Tetris, then that’s just wonderful.
Rez Infinite is a shooter game that allows you to be something called synesthete. You’re a full body levitating around and can shoot villains, but you’re levitating around like a dead weight. As music plays you get to fly into cosmic vortexes, landscapes where trees fall like they’re playing dead, where flying objects appear in different shapes, colours and sizes, etc.
It features 360 degrees of mind blowing synesthesia as you blast your way through waves of enemies and massive transforming bosses with your every move triggering colours and sounds.
LSD Dream Emulator
LSD Dream Emulator is an exploration game. In LSD the player explores surreal environments without any objective. Playing this, you get the visual LSD experience in a first person perspective of a 3D environment.
In the game you’re in a dream world full of 100% surreal environments and the objects you touch can warp you into another setting. Each dream level lasts up to 10 minutes where you can walk through tunnels, villages, houses, factories, etc. When released in 1998, it quickly fell into obscurity, but in recent years it has experienced a resurgence in popularity due to its eccentricity being an engaging point of discussion for gamers. Gamers have praised its whimsical qualities, with it being cited as one of the most experimental video games of all time.
Plasma Pong is a video game clone of Pong with constantly colour changing plasma which wanders in various directions. You can pull in or push out the ball from the paddles and explode when a goal is scored.
There are three game modes in Plasma Pong. In single player the player combats a progressively smarter AI in a fluid environment where the fluid moves faster and faster, affecting the ball more and more. In multiplayer, two players share a single keyboard to play against each other. In sandbox mode, players have near total access to color particle and fluid motion effects, allowing them to simply play around with the game’s fluid dynamics engine and see what interesting motions they can create, thus triggering many things that you may or may not want.
The Artful Escape
The Artful Escape is simply another dimension of psychedelic gameplay. The main character of Francis Vendetti, the nephew of deceased folk music legend, Johnson Vendetti, is in the year 1972. He is struggling, trying to measure up to the great Johnson, but making his own music career.
Francis can play guitar to create a bridge which is an odd game play style, yet poetic when you think about it. If you do a tremendous job, your career may build bridges and in this musically inclined landscape, Francis is focused on his first ever concert. Playing the guitar can also cause Francis to face boss characters. You can study creatures to obtain a sound sample creating your own soundtrack for the game.
Octodad: Deadliest Catch
Octodad: Deadliest Catch is a game about destruction, deception and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, an octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about his life. Octodad’s existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his strange nature a secret from his human family.
Octodad’s wacky physics create hilarious moments that are different every time. You can also gather your family or friends to control Octodad’s limbs in co-op mode with two to four players. You will be surprised by the randomness of Octodad’s flailing or express your own sense of humour by making Octodad do silly things.