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Double Fine Productions and Tim Shafer are known for making very curious games out of amazing ideas. Psychonauts is exactly about some idea. You have to get inside people's mind and help them fight with their fears or memories from the past.

We follow a story of Raz, who runs away from the circus and goes to the summer camp for Psychonauts - people with special abilities. They refuse to teach him but allow him to participate in "Basic Braining" course. When his talent becomes clear, he's being invited to an experiment. After receiving a vision, he realises that there's a sinister plan behind the camp and only he can save everyone there.

The game exists in two different worlds - a real one and a mental one. If the real world leaves no question about it, the mental world is one of the most interesting features of the game. Twisted minds, memories from the past and deepest fears is something you are about to encounter with. Having a number of abilities like telekinesis or invisibility will help you cure a person's psychological issue.

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Double Fine Productions
Microsoft Studios, THQ Nordic, Double Fine Productions, Xbox Game Studios
Age rating
13+ Teen

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System requirements for Linux

  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM with OpenGL 2.1 capable and Compressed texture support (S3TC)
  • Libraries: glibc 2.7+
  • Note: 32-bit native binaries only
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM with OpenGL 2.1 capable and Compressed texture support (S3TC)
  • Libraries: glibc 2.7+
  • Note: 32-bit native binaries only

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor
  • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
  • Graphics: ATI X1600 / NVIDIA 8600GT / Intel HD3000 or better card with at least 128 MB VRAM
  • Hard Drive: 4GB minimum hard drive space
  • Controls: Keyboard and Mouse
  • Leopard is not supported
  • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.
  • Processor: Intel Core i Series Processor
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI HD 3870 / Nvidia 8800GT or better with at least 512 MB VRAM
  • Hard Drive: 4GB minimum hard drive space
  • Controls: Game Pad (optional)
  • Leopard is not supported

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 98 SE/2000/XP
  • Processor: 1.0 GHz Pentium(R) III and AMD Athlon(tm)
  • Memory: 256 MB of RAM
  • Graphics: 64 MB GeForce (tm) 3 or higher or ATI(R) Radeon 8500 or higher (except GeForce 4 MX and Go series)
  • DirectX®: version 9.0 or higher (included with game)
  • Hard Drive: 3.75 GB minimum hard drive space
  • Sound: DirectX&reg 9.0 or higher compatible sound card
  • Controls: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse
  • OS: Windows 2000/XP
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Pentium(R) IV and AMD Athlon(tm)
  • Memory: 512 MB of RAM
  • Graphics: , 128 MB GeForce FX 5600 or higher or ATI(R) Radeon 9600 or higher
  • DirectX®: version 9.0 or higher (included with game)
  • Hard Drive: 6.0 GB minimum hard drive space
  • Sound: DirectX&reg 9.0 or higher and Sound Blaster Audigy 2 series sound card
  • Controls: Game Pad (optional)

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Platform: PC (Steam, but my first playthrough was about 13-14 years ago)

Playtime: 28h - includes one replay

Completion Date: Jun 15, 2012

Popular Review: "It’s one of the most original, creative and inspired titles out there and even better—-it’s one of those rare videogames that can actually make you laugh out loud." - GameBiz

My Review: This is the greatest game I've played in years. Thanks to Tim Schafer's adventure game roots, the story is original and imaginative, and the level design really pulls you in to the surreal atmosphere. The characters are fantastic, with spot on voice acting delivering some great one-liners. The game is loosely structured, allowing you to roam around and play various missions, many of which are based within other character's minds - allowing all sorts of weird and wonderful things to happen. The gameplay mechanics are a lot of fun, allowing you to use various psychic powers such as levitation and telekinesis. While the prospect of hunting for items to buy equipment or level up seems daunting at first, the game never gets repetitive or dull thanks to the beautiful and imaginative scenery and plenty of characters to talk to or just listen to. I honestly think that gaming can't get much better than this. It is hilarious, thoughtful, hugely detailed, and above all a massive amount of fun. It's great and just keeps growing on you.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
One of the best games ever
«Blew my mind»
What a trip. A unique artstyle paired with some truly memorable characters and solid gameplay
«Blew my mind»
It's such a shame that this game didn't do well when it first released. A unique game with a distinct art style, brilliant humor, and superb gameplay. Truly one of the greatest games ever made.
This game is RICH. A masterpiece. Such great concept, script and attention to detail. Really cool setting and gameplay. Psychonatus has the Tim Schafer stamp all over it. One notices how much love went into its production, resutlting in one of the best action platformers of all time.
It's also kind of easy, which for me is a plus, because I still had to try like fifty times before being able to beat one of the last levels XD
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Tim Schafer is never wrong and this gem of a game does not make any exceptions. Good humor, music, mood and playability. Catching history. Works smoothly with analog gamepad, so you don't have to sit around with your mouse and keyboard. If one can like a hybrid of graphic adventure games from Lucasarts and N64 platform classics like Conker's bad fur day and Banjo Kazooie (and you can), this is one of the better purchases on the App Store during the day. True story.
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So in the beginning I was very skeptical about the running behavior because of the reviews. But after I decided to load it and the first start worked well I was absolutely surprised what is required. For a graphic from the year 2005, it looks really great and it also controls control - if it does not work with the mouse, simply use the arrow keys. For me at least the game was worth it. It pleases me very well therefore a clear purchase recommendation. iMac 24 "2.93 GHz 4 GB RAM OS X 10.6.8
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Platform game with humor and character I haven't seen. Criticism for the clouds, but still sold nothing as it was too srt. Psychonauts are not played by people who like P4 or watching TV3 / TVNorge. Psychonauts are actually good. This is perhaps my favorite game, and believe me - I've played a lot. As a game reviewer, I should keep something objectively, but Psychonauts has inspired me to study further on psychology and gave me hp that there is intellect in the world. Purchase and support Double Fine's product.
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On my current MBA, the game runs fluidly at 1024 x 768, although here is just an Intel HD Graphics 3000 included. The fan is indeed fast at the stop, but with earphones strts not further :) At the time, I did not hear the first release, so I'm very excited about the content. I'm still not quite through, but think it's funny and with a little bit of superiority to master. Sometimes it is not that easy to control with the trackpad or the mouse (for example when hovering in the disco) but with a bit of practice you can get through it as well.
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