Californium

A first person adventure game taking place in a science fiction reality. It was inspired by the biography of one of the most famous American sci-fi writers, Philip K. Dick. The story is set in 1967, and the player takes control of a penniless writer called Elvin Green who, discouraged by failures in both his personal and professional lives, seeks comfort in alcohol and drugs. With nothing to lose, the protagonist finds himself about to hit the rock bottom where, after having doped himself, he discovers a passage to an alternative reality called Theta. Exploring the subsequent locations of the mysterious world we ventured into, we search for different items that can solve the protagonist's real-world problems. At the same time, all story elements vividly refer to the life of Philip K. Dick himself, his obsessions, and phobias haunting him. The game stands out with its original and artistic visuals, aiming to recreate the atmosphere of a narcotic trip into the mind of the character.

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PC / Windows
Game Californium (PC) Cover
Californium

Californium | PC

Californium release date for PC:

game language:
English

17 February 2016 | Worldwide

17 February 2016 | Europe

17 February 2016 | USA

Game mode: single player

Californium for PC / Windows is a first person adventure game set in a science-fiction world. It was inspired by the biography of Philip K. Dick, one of the finest American sci-fi writers. The game is the effect of cooperation among three subjects - Darjeeling and Nova Production French studios, and ARTE, a French-German TV station.

Story

Among the inspiration sources mentioned by the creators themselves, there are Philip K. Dick's novels and stories such as The Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, A Scanner Darkly and We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. On the basis of these, also classic sci-fi films were made - Blade Runner and Total Recall. However, the biggest inspiration behind the game is the biography of the writer, who struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol during his career. He was even suspected of insanity.

The story in Californium for PC / Windows is set in 1967. The player takes control over a miserable writer called Elvin Green. His wife, Thea, leaves him and he loses his publisher Teddy. On top of that, finishing his debut novel turns out to be quite a challenge. When his psyche deteriorates, the protagonist gets trapped in the loop of alcohol and drugs. With nothing to lose, he finds himself on a slippery slope. He discovers a passage to an alternative reality called Theta. This event changes the protagonist's life and the way he perceives reality for ever.

Gameplay

In Californium for PC / Windows, the player perceives the game world through the eyes of the protagonist. The gameplay mechanics are typical for an adventure game - the player explores the environment in search for different items required to progress in the story. However, the game does stand out with its sequences of travelling to alternative realities, where the protagonist can find items that help him solve his real-life problems. Alongside this, all the substories and clues refer vividly to the biography of Philip K. Dick and the problems and obsessions he struggled with.

Technical aspects

The game aims to depict journeying through one's mind under the influence of drugs, so the visuals are sharp. The graphics are colorful and based on contrasts. The virtual world is exaggerated to an increased degree in terms of its design, depicting a grotesque vision of the world. The person responsible for the graphic stylistics of the game is a French artist by the name of Olivier Bonhomme, formerly working with Le Monde and Washington Post dailies. He also created comic strips and numerous disc covers.

Age Rating

age requirements: 16+

System requirements

Minimum: Intel Core i3 2.00 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 2 GB HDD, Windows 7