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  • Summary: Greetings Enforcer, and thank you for enlisting in the Hypnospace Patrol Department. As the world falls into its slumber, Hypnospace becomes a bustling global village. These virtual streets aren't going to police themselves.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Mar 14, 2019
    100
    The game is a monumental achievement, not just for its detailed rendering of another place and time but for the observed humanity of its writing and the things it has to say about the intersection of capitalism and art.
  2. Mar 25, 2019
    90
    Hypnospace Outlaw is a perfect recreation of what the internet once was, and in some ways still is: a glorious mess of friendship and anarchy. It’s probably good we don’t have auto-playing music anymore, though.
  3. Apr 8, 2019
    85
    Hypnospace Outlaw is a great ride, even though you’re the one checking tickets and enforcing the rules.
  4. Mar 19, 2019
    84
    Hypnospace Outlaw successfully captures the spirit of late ‘90s internet by creating its own robust and varied and equally strange version of it. One part late ‘90s internet simulator, one part engaging detective story, Hypnospace Outlaw’s hit counter is strong. Zane rocks.
  5. Mar 12, 2019
    81
    A satisfying detective adventure based around a weird and wonderfully imaginative retro internet.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Mar 28, 2019
    80
    This clever, funny, hallucinatory head trip may leave you frazzled, but Tholen's wonderfully singular vision will be burned into your brain for a long time. [Issue#331, p.120]
  7. 70
    Hypnospace Outlaw’s imitation of technology from days of yore is commendable, along with capturing the fallible, human ways we interacted with it. Although it may not be the most well-structured experience and is guilty of running its own well of novelty dry, it offers a mostly delightful few hours of misty-eyed laughs and surprises.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 27, 2019
    10
    A beautiful love letter to a bygone era. Clever puzzles, good writing, and characters you can really connect to through their websites.
  2. Apr 5, 2019
    10
    Flat-out brilliant '90s satire with a big heart. This thing is so great. Full of dreams and disappointments from the Windows 98 era. But whatFlat-out brilliant '90s satire with a big heart. This thing is so great. Full of dreams and disappointments from the Windows 98 era. But what lifts it above being a hipster vaporwave parody is that it has so much empathy for its characters. Also there is an Linkin Park/Evanescence piss-take that got stuck in my head for days until I had to go create a Genius lyrics page for its unintelligible verses.

    DECK STACKED LIKE THE BEST OF 'EM. I TRIED LIKE THE REST OF THEM.
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  3. Aug 10, 2019
    10
    This game is a wonderful experience for someone who wants to feel the nostalgia of the early days of web browsing and home computer use.
  4. Mar 25, 2019
    10
    Absolutely fantastic game. Not only is it nostalgic and all that, but it's so well crafted. There were multiple moments when I felt genuineAbsolutely fantastic game. Not only is it nostalgic and all that, but it's so well crafted. There were multiple moments when I felt genuine emotions for the characters you see on the site. It's tongue in cheek, but it always feels genuine. I can already tell that this is going to be one of my all time favorites. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2019
    9
    This game scratched a nostalgia itch I didn't even know I had. What we have here is basically a love letter to the internet of the 1990s,This game scratched a nostalgia itch I didn't even know I had. What we have here is basically a love letter to the internet of the 1990s, complete with period-accurate webpage design and some distressingly accurate riffs on the kind of e-drama you'd expect back then. Under construction gifs and midi music? Ahhh.. brings me back to my days of Internet Explorer and Windows 95. They totally nailed the aesthetic.

    The only reason this game is not rated a 10 is the story itself is quite short. I completed it start to finish in about 5 hours, and after the story is done, there's very little reason to explore further unless exploring is your thing (it just isn't for me). Maybe we'll see DLC in the future if we're lucky.

    All in all a great little game and worth the purchase price.
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  6. Mar 26, 2019
    9
    Fantastic. Gamifying an operating system is the best possible way to bring back those specific types of experiences that many of us had backFantastic. Gamifying an operating system is the best possible way to bring back those specific types of experiences that many of us had back in our halcyon days of old. I love what No More Robots is trying to do here, and I'd love to see this to continue to expand as far as it can be taken. Expand
  7. Sep 11, 2019
    7
    It starts well, however the execution of the idea could be better in terms of puzzle/case structure. Namely, various puzzles/cases areIt starts well, however the execution of the idea could be better in terms of puzzle/case structure. Namely, various puzzles/cases are structured so chaotically that it may become annoying solving them not because it's inherently hard but mainly because the way of thinking of the designer might had been weird. or because it may have had a lot of grinding.
    OK, it could be considered an 8/10 but I have to give it a more modest score to differentiate it from a category that means "definitely great". What is certain is that you will either LOVE it or at least find it INTERESTING.
    Sidenote: It's a fine game but when I hear that it's a faithful recreation of the internet back then I do not agree by far. I did live through that era, as an adult, and on the internet, and it was clearly not that silly. Sure, there were pages like the silliest examples here but in no way they were a majority. In fact the majority of users up to ~2000 were computer nerds or literal computer professionals so the most "comic sans-esque" pages were usually laughed at. In fact, the trendiest web page type for a long time was simple html with very little images, but in any case, the most flashy examples were usually laughed at. This game can be excused of course, because it doesn't literally show the internet but a bastardized limited version of it manipulated by a corrupt company so I'm only referring to those calling it faithful to the internet era.
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