Synapse Software & Other Acid-ish Games
As everybody knows, all the early hacker/entrepreneurs were on acid. All the time. Yes. In the games industry, Jeff Minter is probably the most obvious example. But I recently stumbled across Synapse Software, which made some hot stuff in the early 80s, with pretty good soundtracks too.
Rainbow Walker (video
) looks nice and synchronizes the music to your movements. There’s Drelbs (video
), where you are a walking eyeball that traps an angry face and kiss a girl to go to another dimension. In Mindwalker
you are a deranged professor who enters his own mind to repair it by connecting identities with landscapes, locate a “shard of sanity” by using audio cues in a maze of pulsing neurons, etc. Check a video of it here
Relax is a game that uses biofeedback and was designed to make you relax by looking at kaleidoscopic patterns, playing slow games, etc. There’s an article about it here and the C64-version is here. After a while they started to work with interactive fiction (“text adventures” – you saw Get Lamp, right?). It seems that Mindwheel was their biggest success. “At its most basic level, the game is about telepathy” (here).
Some other nice old games with a psychedelic/stoner flair are:
- Deus Ex Machina (video)
- IQ / Worms? (video) – a sound game
- Alpha Waves / Continuum (video) – early 3D stuff
- I, Robot (video)
- Master of the Lamps (video)
- Hoi (video) – sound/visuals from RAM-trash + SIDmon!
- Little Computer People
- …and a playstation-game called LSD?