Beholder

Beholder is an indie adventure game, inspired by the works of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Ray Bradbury. The game takes place in a dystopian world, where the lives of its citizens are fully controlled by the regime, and privacy and the freedom of speech are relics of the past. The players take on the role of the manager of an apartment complex. His job is to - under the guise of care - surveil and report any signs of opposition against the government. The game's plot is non-linear - the ending, and the fate of many characters, depend on the player's choices. In Beholder, the players must observe and eavesdrop on the apartment complex's residents, and - when they are gone - search their apartments. When the investigation is complete, a proper report must be created, alongside the evidence collected. Then, the players can see the consequences of their actions, like a suspect being arrested. Beholder has a gloomy-pitched 2D graphics which, with the music, fits in quite well with the game's grim vibe.

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PC / Windows
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Beholder

Beholder | PC

Beholder release date for PC:

game language:
English

09 November 2016 | Worldwide

09 November 2016 | Europe

09 November 2016 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.0 / 10 calculated out of 3 players' votes.  

Beholder is an adventure game created by an indie studio Warm Lamp Games. The books by George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Ray Bradbury were the main source of inspiration for the developers. The game was released for PC / Windows.

Plot

Beholder takes the player to a dystopian world in which privacy and freedom of speech are no more – its citizens live their lives according to the rules set by the authoritarian government. The game’s protagonist is a fellow named Carl, who is a landlord in an apartment complex. His official job is to make the lives of the building’s residents easier, but his true work is to surveil them and report any evidence that would suggest actions against the regime.

The plot branches out in many directions, depending on the choices made by the player. There are times when you will be forced to choose between supporting Carl’s family and the well-being of the citizens. There are multiple endings to the game’s story.

Mechanics

The action in Beholder for PC / Windows is presented from the side perspective as the camera follows the character. The player’s job is to explore the apartment building, peep through the apartments keyholes to see what is going on inside, and eavesdrop on the residents. When they happen to leave, you have to search their apartment for potential evidence of their criminal deeds.

When the investigation comes to an end, you will have to write a proper report and attach the found evidence to it. Then, you have to meet the consequences of your actions – the suspect can be arrested, or even beaten to death in front of his or her family by the government’s enforcers.

Technical Aspects

Beholder is a 2D single player game. The game’s cartoonish visuals are minimalistic and gloomy. The music that was composed specially for this game is also quite grim. All that fits really well to the game’s rather brooding storyline.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

Beholder trailer #1

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Zwiastun Beholder, gry przygodowej stworzonej przez niezależne studio Warm Lamp Games. Wcielamy się w rolę rządowego szpiega, pracującego pod przykrywką na stanowisku menadżera apartamentowca.