Psychonauts

An adventure game with strong action and platform game traits. It was developed by Double Fine Productions. The player assumes the role of a boy named Razputin. His dream is to become a member of the titular Psychonauts, a squad that is maintaining peace in the world. After sneaking up into one of the training camps, the protagonist discovers that the cadets are disappearing in an unknown way. Razputin, accompanied by his faithful friends, tries to discover this mystery. In Psychonauts the action is presented by using a third-person perspective. The game features more than a dozen of varied levels – most of them take place inside the human minds. During the game Raz must face various enemies and solve some more or less complicated traps and avoid many dangers. Luckily, the boy is able to jump, swim, climb and even sneak up. He has also paranormal skills like telekinesis, levitation and invisibility. The game features nice looking graphics. Similarly to previous games of this developer, the title is filled with humor.

Microsoft Xbox
Game Psychonauts (XBOX) Cover
Psychonauts

Psychonauts | XBOX

Psychonauts release date for XBOX:

game language:
English

19 April 2005 | Worldwide

10 February 2006 | Europe PAL

19 April 2005 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 6.2 / 10 calculated out of 880 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 7.2 / 10 calculated out of 3 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 2
Game Psychonauts (PS2) Cover
Psychonauts

Psychonauts | PS2

Psychonauts release date for PS2:

game language:
English

21 June 2005 | Worldwide

10 February 2006 | Europe PAL

21 June 2005 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 6.3 / 10 calculated out of 900 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 7.5 / 10 calculated out of 4 players' votes.  

PC / Windows
Game Psychonauts (PC) Cover
Psychonauts

Psychonauts | PC

Psychonauts release date for PC:

game language:
English

19 April 2005 | Worldwide

19 April 2005 | Europe

Game mode: single player , size: 5 CD / 1 DVD
Game score 8.3 / 10 calculated out of 1307 players' votes.  

Psychonauts for PC / Windows is the debut project of the American studio Double Fine Productions. It is worth mentioning that the development team consists of known programmers who previously worked on famous titles like Grim Fandango, Diablo II and Jedi Knight. The game is an unusual adventure game with strong action game traits. The action is presented by using a third-person perspective.

Plot

The player assumes the role of a boy named Razputin (Raz). He has paranormal abilities and he wishes to join the elite squad of Psychonauts, who are maintaining peace in the world. After escaping from home, Razputin sneaks up into the training camp for kids with super powers. The protagonist quickly gains new friends, but he also discovers that something disturbing is happening in the camp. Other recruits are disappearing in mysterious circumstances.

Mechanics

Since the protagonist can enter other people’s minds, the gameplay in Psychonauts for PC / Windows is quite unusual. Inside the minds a completely new world awaits – a world that is unknown and very dangerous. Raz must face weird monsters. New discoveries are leading him towards determining who is responsible for the disappearances. The protagonist is also developing his abilities, gradually gaining access to new skills. Among the available powers there are telekinesis, levitation and invisibility.

The main game consists of thirteen large levels. It is worth adding that they are quite varied. Most of them take place inside the minds of other people, although rarely Raz will also explore the real world. In addition to fighting, he will be solving numerous, rather simple puzzles. The main protagonist can use various abilities. He can swim, jump, climb and even sneak up. The surroundings are filled with interactive objects, some of which can be used during combat. The gameplay isn’t completely serious, which shouldn’t be surprising as the developers previously worked on games like Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle. It is worth mentioning that the game is non-linear. Most problems can be solved in a few different ways. The title also features many minigames.

Technical aspects

The visuals of the PC / Windows version of Psychonauts are similar to graphics in console versions. Levels that take place inside the minds of other people are worth mentioning as they are very unusual.

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Psychonauts (PS4) Cover
Psychonauts

Psychonauts | PS4

Psychonauts release date for PS4:

game language:
English

07 June 2016 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player

Psychonauts originally debuted in 2005 on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. The PlayStation 4 version is available only in digital form that can be bought through PlayStation Store. The new edition features graphics scaled to 1080p and it supports Trophies.

Psychonauts is a surrealistic platform game with action presented by using a third-person perspective.

Plot

The main protagonist of Psychonauts for PlayStation 4 is Raz – a young cadet of the summer camp for kids with paranormal abilities. During the preparations to winning the levitation badge he discovers that someone is kidnapping other recruits and stealing their minds. Raz must fight against the madman in the minds of various people. There he must face nightmares and demons of the owners of the minds. In order to stop the evil madman the protagonist must obtain all psychic skills, thus becoming a powerful paranormal warrior – a psychonaut.

Mechanics

The game features thirteen varied levels. Three of them take place in the real world. The remaining ten takes place in the wacky minds of various characters. The protagonist must save them from crazy thoughts. In order to do it, he must solve many weird riddles.

Luckily, Raz knows many ways to beat the obstacles on his way. The young adept can swim, run, climb and sneak up. Additionally, he can take advantage of various parts of his surroundings like trampolines, walls and slides. He can eliminate his opponents with Psi-Blast, a psychic energy that removes nightmares. After some time the protagonist gains new psychic powers like telekinesis, levitation, invisibility and pyrokinesis.

Psychonauts can be completed in various ways. Each level features many paths to choose from. Additionally, there are many surprises, bonuses and minigames (like looking for missing brains, telekinetic canoeing, hunt for psychic scavenger) waiting to be discovered.

The game was developed by Double Fine, a studio founded by Tim Schafer – the creator of the cult adventure games Grim Fandango and Full Throttle. Other people involved in the project include creators of Maximo, Diablo II and Jedi Knight series. Thanks to that, Psychonauts features many references to these games, a completely unique characters, unforgettable game world and large dose of humor.

Age Rating

age requirements: 12+

Uses: PlayStation Store
Psychonauts 2 announced at VGA, coming in Fall 2018

News 04 December 2015 11:12

Double Fine launched crowdfunding campaign for Psychonauts 2, a sequel to a warmly received 3D platform video game from 2005. The game will hit PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in Fall 2016.