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  • Summary: The game is based on the novel of the same name by award-winning author, Christopher Brookmyre, and sees the player take on the role of protagonist Heather Quinn as she negotiates a variety of levels, all of which reference classic games and genres of years gone by.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Oct 16, 2015
    80
    Bedlam is like a love letter to gaming’s history, and a relatively well-written one. By staying true to the idea of the game in which Quinn/Athena is trapped, it keeps itself well-centered.
  2. 70
    Bedlam is undeniably an enjoyable kick for those who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, surely drawing from personal experiences with the games it’s emulating. The eccentricities found in Brookmyre’s writing may work to alienate those merely passing through, but for those drawn in by the familiarity of its charming block graphics it’ll simply be an added bonus.
  3. Oct 12, 2015
    60
    An ambitious and fascinating wander through gaming’s history, but one that can’t replicate the addictive gameplay of the forefathers it documents.
  4. Oct 12, 2015
    50
    In the end Bedlam has an interesting premise at its core and dialogue that will amuse for a while, but it gets same-y very quickly in each environment. Perhaps if the game started more quickly and had you hopping genres a little earlier in the game, it wouldn’t outstay its welcome quite so quickly. As it is, it can only really be recommended if the genre-hopping idea has you weak at the knees.
  5. Oct 12, 2015
    50
    A faux-retro shooter with an irreverent sense of humour, Bedlam is hard to recommend as anything other than a curio, despite its popular source material.
  6. Oct 27, 2015
    43
    Although Bedlam has quite a few areas to improve on, what makes the game bearable is the story.
  7. 40
    The one saving grace to Bedlam is that it doesn't take itself seriously. There's some nicely written self-referential humour in there. Sadly, Bedlam seems to think it is genuinely funny, rather than the actual joke, so some of the humour falls a bit flat in assuming that people want to play the game in the first place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 14, 2016
    8
    I really loved this game. A nod to nostalgia and witty voice over got me giggling. The game play is meant to be a bit clunky to reflect someI really loved this game. A nod to nostalgia and witty voice over got me giggling. The game play is meant to be a bit clunky to reflect some of those games experiences we all played from the past. Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2015
    5
    Bedlam is the kind of game you want to be amazing when you hear the idea for the game, but it is one that sadly disappoints. You areBedlam is the kind of game you want to be amazing when you hear the idea for the game, but it is one that sadly disappoints. You are transported from your normal life into a video game world you recall from your teenage years, and you move through several different worlds trying to figure out why you are there. Great concept. And the narration/dialogue is a lot of fun. Bedlam presents you with a nice nostalgia for what games used to be, and got me missing some old games, but the game feels bad and plays bad. I glitched the game over and over again by accidentally falling or getting stuck in walls more times than I could stand. As much as the old games are something that will always be in our hearts, Bedlam sadly gives a poor representation of how the games actually handled. I would probably recommend most people to avoid this games, but there is enough there where some might enjoy it.

    6.0/10
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  3. Feb 20, 2016
    2
    This is a boring buggy excuse for a game that claims to be a nostalgia trip. The level design is god awful, the voice acting is terrible andThis is a boring buggy excuse for a game that claims to be a nostalgia trip. The level design is god awful, the voice acting is terrible and the whole game is just very poorly made. Expand

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