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6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

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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: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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. May 13, 2019
    90
    Hilarious, intricate, and touching, Hypnospace Outlaw is a surreal, loving tribute to a younger, more innocent Internet as well as a compelling detective game.
  3. Apr 9, 2019
    85
    Hypnospace Outlaw’s 90’s tinted internet exploration is spot on, but may be too specific for players who were not around to experience that particular time.
  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: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  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. 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
  4. Apr 21, 2020
    9
    I normally hesitate to give games such a high score, but Hypnospace Outlaw manages to create a world. that feels alive via amazing writingI normally hesitate to give games such a high score, but Hypnospace Outlaw manages to create a world. that feels alive via amazing writing and experience with it's topics. The aesthetics, puzzles, story telling and ESPECIALLY the music all combine to create an experience that feels genuine - as if it could exist on its own without your presence. My only critique is that one particular section did grind on my nerves quite a bit. Despite this, I wish I could go back in time to experience this game and its many storylines for the first time again - I'd recommend to anyone who likes puzzles or very in-depth storytelling. 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. Jun 27, 2020
    9
    really fun. game is quite short and can be challenging at times. but the atheistic is amazing and the jokes stick. highly recommend.
  7. Dec 9, 2020
    1
    Let me be honest with you but, this is not what you think, at least for me. This is one of the most uncomfortable experiences I have ever had.Let me be honest with you but, this is not what you think, at least for me. This is one of the most uncomfortable experiences I have ever had. Believe me here, DO NOT buy this game if you don't like to be uncomfortable. The viruses, the apps, and more, just makes you really uncomfortable. 10/100 Expand

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