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Piece together the broken memories of a cybernetic house in Psychroma

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Psychroma looks pretty wild. A narrative-driven side-scroller where you play as a digital medium. Confront the past by piecing together the broken memories of a cybernetic house, and exorcise the ghosts in the machine.

If you enjoy games that have a diverse setting with BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ characters that are central to the narrative, this one is for you. This is quite a dark game too with a mature and violent theme to it. So you've been warned on that. This is probably one of the wildest looking side-scrolling adventure games I've seen for a while.

More about it: "Acid rain rots away exposed rebar in the half-developed megacity once known as Toronto. Humanity modifies itself at a frequency never seen before. A housing crisis not only endangers the market, but the displaced and unhoused. One dilapidated house, only referred to as The Commons, is the center of our story. What was once meant to be a safe haven has turned against every occupant to have dwelled within.

You can't remember how you got here, and you are trapped inside. You must use a strange deck of memory cards holding the recorded memories of the past and present residents to manipulate time and navigate the house."

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/TIME JUMP

  • Use a cybernetic memory card system to navigate through time.
  • Gain the perspective of others' stored memories.
  • Gain access to new parts of the house.

/COMMUNICATE WITH THE DEAD

  • Use an interactive Ouija system to speak with ghosts and gather info that would otherwise be hidden.
  • Descramble memories by inputting keywords provided by the ghost in the machine.

/SURGERY

  • Perform surgical procedures to help stabilize injured victims.
  • Uncover the debilitating effects of the Psychroma
  • Learn about the technology that unleashed the monster

Available with a Native Linux version on Steam.


Update 13/06/24 16:00 UTC: on desktop Linux it's currently an empty download so I've let the developer know. The issue is that they've set it for Steam Deck in their Steam admin, which ends up making it only available to download on Steam Deck and not desktop Linux. This has been a repeating issue lately, so I've emailed Valve to ask if they plan to make this more clear for developers.

From SteamDB as an example, you can see their Linux build is set for Steam Deck:

The idea, as I understand it on the Steam Deck setting, is for special content just for Steam Deck. So when it's set, that's only available for Steam Deck.

Update 14/06/24 08:00 UTC: the developer has now fixed that issue above.

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6 comments

Nezchan Jun 12
I watched an hour of gameplay last week, and it's very intriguing. The art and writing are both very good, and the devs seem like really cool people.

Besides, as a Canadian I love to see Toronto falling to ruin.
Dodger Jun 12
I bought the game today. The Linux version isn't available. The size of the game is exactly 0 bytes. This happens a lot lately.
Liam Dawe Jun 13
Quoting: DodgerI bought the game today. The Linux version isn't available. The size of the game is exactly 0 bytes. This happens a lot lately.
It appears they've set it for both Linux and Steam Deck, they need to remove the Steam Deck setting on it, since that forces it to be only downloadable on Steam Deck.

Valve really need to improve the messaging in the Steam admin.

https://steamdb.info/app/1879950/depots/

I've messaged the developer, and emailed Valve about it because it keeps happening.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 13 June 2024 at 9:26 am UTC
Klaus Jun 13
Did anyone else here immediately thing of Castle Heterodyne when reading the title of the post?
Dodger Jun 14
Quoting: Liam Dawe(...)
I've messaged the developer, and emailed Valve about it because it keeps happening.

It's fixed. I can play the Linux version now. Thank you for the effort.
Liam Dawe Jun 14
Quoting: Dodger
Quoting: Liam Dawe(...)
I've messaged the developer, and emailed Valve about it because it keeps happening.

It's fixed. I can play the Linux version now. Thank you for the effort.
Good stuff, it’s exactly what I told them it was :)
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