Antichamber is a mind-bending psychological exploration game where nothing can be taken for granted. Discover an Escher-like world where hallways wrap around upon each other, spaces reconfigure themselves, and accomplishing the impossible may just be the only way forward.
Release Date: Jan 31, 2013

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"If you're looking for a 1st person puzzler that requires you to throw away your preconceptions & then makes you brain melt out of your ears. Here it is!"
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Reviews

“Even as the developer told me what the game was doing to mess with my brain while I was playing it, it still succeeded in messing with my brain.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“The most tenacious, infuriating obstacle you’ll face throughout the game is yourself.”
PC Gamer

“Every aspect of Antichamber is made to get players out of their comfort zone.”
VentureBeat

About This Game

Antichamber is a mind-bending psychological exploration game where nothing can be taken for granted. Discover an Escher-like world where hallways wrap around upon each other, spaces reconfigure themselves, and accomplishing the impossible may just be the only way forward.


Several years in the making, Antichamber received over 25 awards and honors throughout its development, in major competitions including the Independent Games Festival, the PAX10, IndieCade and Make Something Unreal. Antichamber was also supported by the Indie Fund.

Key Features

  • A deeply psychological experience that will make you question everything you know about how a game works.
  • Mind-bending challenges that will subvert your expectations at every twist and turn.
  • An enormous, seamless non-Euclidean world to explore.
  • Lifelike soundscapes developed by Robin Arnott and an ambient soundtrack composed by Siddhartha Barnhoorn.
  • A gun that can create, destroy and manipulate matter, allowing you to discover new ways to overcome your surroundings.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
    • Processor:2.0+ GHz or better (dual core recommended)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA 8000 series or higher (Shader Model 3 Compatible)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
214 of 241 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
You do not play this game. This game plays with you.
Posted: June 19
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68 of 79 people (86%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
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Игры, подобные Antichamber, оставляют след не только в сердцах игроков, в них поигравших, но и даже самих разработчиков. Не берусь утверждать, что Antichamber была рождена в творческих муках, но настолько необычные игры всегда требуют от своих создателей особых усилий. Хочешь создать что-то эксцентричное, эпатажное, вызывающее? Сам будь эксцентриком, умей удивлять, поражать и ставить в неловкое положение окружающих. Не удивлюсь, если выяснится, что за время долгой и кропотливой разработки игры от кого-то ушла жена, умер любимый хомяк, а команда по бейсболу, за которую болел с детства, вылетела из высшей лиги. Все это, возможно, легло в основу Antichamber - игры, где все не то, чем кажется.

А, может, авторы обычные нонконформисты и хипстеры, следуя современным веяниям, сознательно отрицающие законы и постулаты евклидовой геометрии, как все устаревшее? Как там говорится... "на плоскости нельзя выйти из одной точки и, следуя в прямом направлении, снова вернуться в ту же точку". "Нет", - говорят авторы - "Все возможно!" Равно как и падать на дно бездонной ямы, а затем через мгновение вновь очутиться в том самом месте, откуда совершил шаг в пропасть. Оказаться в тупике, в безвыходной ситуации, вконец отчаяться, развернуться на 180 градусов и с удивлением для себя обнаружить, что там где раньше была непроходимая стена, ослеплявшая ярким белым светом, отныне длинный коридор, ведущий прочь из тупика. Так что же это получается? Из любой ситуации есть выход? Конец не финальная точка маршрута, а лишь его закономерное продолжение?

Вволю насмотревшись подобных чудес начинаешь задумываться, не это ли хотели сказать нам разработчики? Нарочитый минимализм, яркие слепящие краски, игра со временем и пространством лишь предлог. Вся игра видится размышлением на тему разрешения жизненных проблем, как больших так и маленьких, и поиска путей выхода из трудных ситуаций. Недаром в игре есть огромная карта, куда заносится наш каждый успешный шаг, каждая решенная головоломка. В одной из ранних версий игры, над этой картой была надпись "Ваш жизненный путь". Потом надпись убрали, видимо, разумно посчитав не раскрывать перед игроком всех карт сразу.

В Antichamber учишься играть. Игра не раскрывает всех секретов, какие-то из тайн надлежит раскрыть игроку. Инструменты, что вверены нам в пользование, обладают уникальными свойствами, но не ждите что вам все разжуют и положат в рот. Приходится учиться на своих ошибках, падать и подниматься снова, то взмывая в небо, то падая в бездну, биться головой и возвращаться в уже изученные места за подсказкой, ведь обратиться за помощью не к кому и приходиться уповать на самого себя.

Лишь когда все секреты оказываются найдены, все двери открыты, знания получены и нам больше нечего делать в этом месте, а горизонты манят новыми нераскрытыми тайнами и сияют новыми красками... мы уходим.
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Such games as Antichamber leave a significant trace not only in players' hearts and minds but also in developers'. I don't mean to say the game was created in unbrearable throes, but definitely had a major impact on it's makers. If you want to make something unique or weird or maybe awkward you'll have to become one yourself. I won't be surprised if I discover some of development crew members suffered a divorce, or death of his hamster, or his favorite baseball team was kicked out from Major League. Either way, welcome Antichamber, a game where nothing as it seems.

But maybe authors are just your typical noncomformists and hipsters who neglect Euclidean geometry just as any rules considering them being obsolete? There's a rule which says... "on a flat plane you can't just leave your spot, follow the straight direction and end up in the same spot". "No", developers say - "Everything's possible!" It is the same as falling down the bottomless pit and eventually find yourself standing on the edge of it again! Or facing the dead end and suddenly seeing a passage opening in front of your eyes when you lost all the hopes completely. So, what does it mean? There's always an exit? And the end is actually not the end?

Having seen a number of wonders like that makes your brain boil in thinking what is it developers truly wanted to say? Minimalism in details, bright colors, bizarre environment and playing with time and space... what for? Is it that the whole game is a speculation about our choices in life, problem solving and subtleties of decision-making?

You learn to play in Antichamber. The game knows how to keep many of it's mysteries in secret and it's up to you to uncover them as well as hidden properties of tools you possess. Don't expect everything falling to your favor, learn by mistakes, have your ups and downs, touch the sky and fall down the abyss...

Only when there's nothing left to learn and all the doors are opened and secrets became unravelled and new horizons temptingly glitter with new mysteries... then we leave.
Posted: June 5
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37 of 50 people (74%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Antichamber instructions:

1. Buy it
2. Play it
3. Get stuck on stairs
4. Turn off the game raging
5. Realise that game wasen't that cheap
6. Go play it again
7. Realise how amazing it is after finishing
8. Go reccomend it
9. Realise you are actually stoned and none of this is true
10. Or is it?

Go buy the game.
Posted: July 1
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Antichamber wants to screw with you. An abstract puzzle game, it exists in a world built upon its own rules, requiring you to shed conventional logic and adopt an out of the box mindset to progress through the labyrinthine chamber you find yourself in. Up is down, going backwards moves you forward, and nothing can be taken at face value. It's one of the smartest games I've ever played; thoughtfully evolving at every step, as my feeble brain scrambled to keep up.

To attempt and describe Antichamber would be counterproductive, and a rather hopeless task. The foundation of the experience is designed around self discovery and interpretation, making any outside explanation of how to solve the absurdly clever puzzles and navigate the twisting level layouts detrimental to someone playing the game for the first time. At its core, Antichamber involves manipulating the rules of its world to allow you to overcome seemingly impossible tasks and continue onward toward the next puzzle. More often than not this involves interacting with blocks placed throughout, by way of a gun whose functions extend far beyond the simple ability to move and delete.

Though outwardly simplistic and plain, Antichamber's art direction (and to a lesser extent its sound design) is as purposely and meticulously designed as its puzzles; with clean lines and intelligent use of color all playing a large role in telegraphing integral aspects of the puzzles. Its basic graphical design also accounts for a huge portion of how atmospheric Antichamber can be. Often times I'd find myself so drawn into the experience that I'd look up to find to my surprise I'd been engross in it for hours, as time becomes rather meaningless once you begin to make your way through the chamber. It feels like being inside an abstract painting, with as much artistry and inverted syllogism as you would expect.

The moments when you manage to solve a puzzle and move forward in Antichamber is one of the most satisfying feelings I've ever had in a puzzle game, which is why it's unfortunate that its intelligence can at times become a handicap; blocking the player from continuing onward and giving little knowledge of how to do so or where they might should head in instances where its functionally impossible to progress without collecting an upgrade first. This is a deliberate aspect of Antichamber's design and a large factor in why solving its conundrums is so empowering, but it has the unshakable counter effect of turning people away on the basis that the game is simply too smart for them (especially early on). It's a shame because once you begin to understand the way the world works the game really opens up and you can finally appreciate it in all its glory, but to get there you'll inevitably be hitting your head against the wall quite a bit as you try and make sense of it all.

Antichamber is a rather intimidating game even to those with a mind for puzzles and an ease at thinking irrationally, but its one that's worth forcing yourself through the first few confounding hours for the brilliant moments of understanding that follow. The ingenuity of Alexander Bruce's abstruse creation is mindboggling (which I mean quite literally), and an incredible accomplishment that I honestly cannot believe came together without falling apart under the weight of its own ambition. I still only barely understand it, but even my limited intelligence can appreciate how remarkable Antichamber is; making me feel clever even as I can fell it silently mocking me for being the comparative imbecile I am.
Posted: July 27
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Protip for LSD – The Game: Real world rules don't apply.

Ironically, they do give good in-game tips that apply to life as well. Like "if you never stop trying, you will get there eventually.", or "at times we need to view the world from someone else's perspective."

It's pretty hard to throw away everything that you've thought you've known, but the thing is that you're no longer in the real world, you're in the Antichamber. What is the Antichamber? I don't know. There's no narrative to the game. I think the game's sole objective is to make the player furious.

But everytime I enter a new area my frustration is replaced by the desire to discover. What more can this M.C. Escher-like world throw at me? Why are the vibrant colours so nice to look at? Wait, what am I doing wrong? Then I get mad again. Rinse and repeat.

Occasionally I hear the ocean waves and the cawing of seagulls in the distance. This game is very atmospheric. With the desolate, isolated tone they set up adding to being confined in the false spaces, moving walls and rule changes, I realize that sometimes this game can't be fun. It can be pretty draining. Took a long, long break, but I still wanted come back.

And that's what makes this game pretty magical. It teaches me to think way way way outside the box, and it's great that a game can have that effect. It's engaging, mind-bending, thought-provoking, one-of-a-kind. I don't know how long it'll take me, but I'll finish the game eventually. Damn you, Antichamber.
Posted: July 1
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402 of 443 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Antichamber is by far one of the best games I have ever played. It is a puzzle adventure game similar to Portal. You have many different types of guns that can modify the blocks around you to help you solve puzzles. In addition, Antichamber uses a variety of different ways to mess with your head, such as the countless numbers of geometrical paradoxies. For example, you can walk through walls that you thought were solid. If you turn around at almost any point of the game the end will be right behind you. This game is extremely hard to explain but it is incredible you really must try it to find out.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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