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You are the last known human in the universe, and all that's left of you is a disembodied head. Seeking clues to your fractured past, you must travel through a hostile world of machines using a special helmet that allows you to dock into and take control of any robotic host body. As you launch from one body to the next, you'll start to discover that things are not quite what they appear to be, and the fate of humanity has yet to be decided...

Fresh from Double Fine Productions, Headlander is a a retro-futuristic, side-scrolling, action-adventure game set in a world inspired by 70’s science fiction. It is a world of automation, a utopia gone wrong in which all of humanity have transferred their minds into robotic imposter bodies and are ruled by a deranged computer. Brought to you by Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Broken Age) and Adult Swim Games (Duck Game, Jazzpunk), Headlander is guaranteed to be the ultimate head trip.
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System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Dual-core 2 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 550 Ti, AMD Radeon HD 7750
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Quad-core 3 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti, AMD Radeon R9 270
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: macOS Sierra (version 10.12)
  • Processor: Dual core Intel i5
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 650 Ti, AMD Radeon HD 7800 series, or later
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • OS: macOS Sierra (version 10.12)
  • Processor: Quad core Intel i5
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770, AMD Radeon R9 290, or later
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
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Headlander reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Extremely funny Platformer! Graphically now not so the Overachiever, but the setting is loving and the Story quite funny. The Trick is that you actually only control the Head of the protagonist's protagonist. This can be separated from the Body and redocked on another Body (Enemy as Friend, or Dog). Both can be leveled up over Time so that new Skills are available. The Difficulty is rather low, which is why you played the complete Game completely in 5-10 Hours. The Main Character is Controlled with Keyboard/Mouse or Gamepad; I found the K/B Control sufficient. Definitely a Buy recommendation for Platform fans
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Microsoft from French
Typically the kind of game that has everything to please: a retrofuturistic art direction, Pew Pew and a great idea that is to embody a head with a reactor. All wrapped up in a metroidvania. Except that the developers had to quickly realize that their game was not long enough so they have so diluted the sauce that the last third of the game is at the limit of the undrinkable. It feels like the second third. Past the effect of surprise in sum. Because we feel that the objectives in the levels have been placed to artificially lengthen the lifespan. After all, why not if the gampelay follows. Speaking gameplay, it's a great idea to embody a head that will put on all the bodies present in the game or almost. The door system that only opens if you respect the color code too. It is also simple weapons, double, triple, graduple, even the odd shots in the second third. The problem is the legibility of the whole. Very even too often, I found myself in situations where I did not even know where I was and even less on what I was shooting. The worst being that aiming at the stick is a purge when it comes to being accurate (a headshot, it helps well to take a body). For the purely metroidvania aspect, the secrets are so well hidden that the entries are displayed on the map. The improvements also unlock very very quickly and make the game much easier in addition to being very artificial. I felt it was good to have a talented tree so they put one. The artistic direction is quite successful and the environments are renewed well over the duration of the game. Count about 5 to 6H to finish it by picking up a lot of secrets. In the end, I did an overdose of Pew Pew so there are. The script is pretty lame or I did not understand the depth of it. The end is a model of hypocrisy to justify the return in play for the 100%. And it's just dragging on instead of going to basics, even if it's missed. In summary, Headlander would have won to be much shorter to avoid the feeling of too full towards the end. From the good idea, it emerges a wobble game that has too much wanting to dilute the formula, made it bland at the limit of indigeste. I recommend in sales or bundle, but not full pot. P.S.: the side quests are just there to say they exist and multiply back and forth. The bosses are also anecdotal and number two.
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