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.
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Release Date: Jan 31, 2013

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“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.”
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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
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Venomous_Lemon
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
This game still blows my mind! Illusions and puzzles like no other. Great graphics, originality on point. If you are looking for a mindbending puzzle escape game, you've come to the right place! 11/10.
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Major Seventh
9.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
Product received for free
Antichamber is a really enjoyable puzzle game. The difficulty and game length felt right, and the puzzles' basis in illusion felt unique and interesting without being overwhelming. You don't need an understanding of some higher order math to finish this game, but it is still satisfyingly challenging. I appreciated that if I ever was stumped by a puzzle, it didn't usually mean I was *stuck*, because at any time there were usually several puzzles available in other areas that I could switch over to solve.

The game also has a cool atmosphere supported by its minimalist visuals and ambient music/sound. I especially loved the harmonic, electrical hum that your gun has while using it. Any story is left to implication, so doesn't interfere with the game play at all.

Definitely worth playing.
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Titanic21
2.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
Product received for free
That´s particulary amazing. Even though I got this as a gift, I would have paid the full price. I should have got this way earlier, but I didn´t know if it was worth it. It is.

When you are playing this your first time you may be confused, you will wonder what kind of game this is. But if you are getting started, this becomes more and more interesting. Who said a game needs to look realistic? This is this proof this isn´t the case at all. It´s made with UNREAL engine, so it looks pretty awesome, but yet not real. You are wondering what that "Antichamber" is, while you are trying to suceed. There isn´t much explanation needed, it´s easy to progress by trial and error and you still don´t get upset. I really enjoyed the design, as weird as it is, and I always managed to play on. There are also a lot of hidden hints, all over the map, which is enourmous. Later you can even unlock some helpful abilities while you´re trying to find out what´s going on.

If you doubt like I did, don´t wait to buy it. If you like Puzzles, you will love this!
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vaelynphi
13.5 hrs
Posted: September 22
One of the best games I've ever played. I regularly hope for more like it. It is snarky and mind-bendy in exactly the way most puzzle/adventure games ought to be. The ending isn't mind-blowing (unless I've missed something, and I probably have), but getting there is definitely an achievement, and I enjoyed every silly pictogram.
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GoldenJuan
30.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
amazing experience. Would recommend to anyone, and would recommend 100%ing this game
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ChrisCraftMedia
11.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
This game will definitely mess with your mind. With every turn presenting the player with new surprises, it truly is a game of wonder. The creater must be a wizard to be able to create something so vast and unique. I would 100% recommend this game to any and all of my friends.
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Tractør
12.6 hrs
Posted: September 20
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Professor Yushington
5.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
Product received for free
a e s t h e t i c

in seriousness though this game is pretty mind bending and is insanely creative with its puzzles

also a e s t h e t i c
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sanguinehearts
1.3 hrs
Posted: September 19
this game makes me want to kill myself with its pointlessness
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Pros: Very nice and relaxing puzzle/cube-shooter game, awesome ambient music, and the puzzles give life lessons.
Cons: AAAAAAAAAAA WHERE THE HECK AM I WHAT IS TIME AND SPACE ANYMORE HELP ME MY BRAIN IS DYING
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
It's hard to say too much about this game without spoiling it. It's one of the most unique puzzle games out there, with multiple paths through it and a great ending.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Antichamber is definitely one of the best puzzle games I've played. It's a very unique experience that plays with your perception and makes you think outside the box. It has a very bright color pallet that helps point out specific points of interest (although it can strain your eyes after a while), and it has some very interesting uses of ambient sounds. As you progress, you will find images on the walls that, when clicked on, will give you quotes about life experiences while also acting as hints on how to solve the next puzzle. On my first playthrough, I was completely lost in barely the first quarter of the game, mainly because I didn't realize that there are mechanics to this game that can be applied elsewhere. I returned about 1 or 2 years later, and beat it in one day, slowly remembering some of the things I did wrong the last time I played. The game may be daunting at first, but it's much more possible than you may think.

Another great thing about this game is that I can't recall a single puzzle in here that I would dread to do again on repeat playthroughs. In most puzzle games there's usually that one puzzle that you absolutely hate to do and you typically stop playing there. Even if you know the solution, it's so frustrating and uninteresting that you loose the motivation to continue playing. The most annoying puzzle in this game wasn't all that annoying once I figured it out, it only took me about 10 minutes and it was optional. It just unlocked a special room that was not required to beat the game, it was simply a nice bonus room.

I do have some tips to save first-time players from unnecessary agony:
  • Remember every game mechanic the game shows you, they aren't just one-time gimmicks.
In the beginning, the game will throw a lot of new mechanics at you one at a time, which made me think they were all one-time gimmicks. I eventually became stuck for a while because I didn't realize I had to use one of the mechanics from earlier. I restarted my save file, was re-introduced to that mechanic, and finally realized what I did wrong. Just make sure you remember every mechanic the game shows you, no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time.
  • Most rooms and interactable cubes are color-coded. If your current or any previous guns do not match the color of the cubes, you probably can't solve that puzzle yet.
This is an issue caused by the non-linearity of the game. Often when I encountered a new puzzle, I was never too sure if I couldn't complete it because I was missing a tool or ability, or if I was just not seeing the answer. To prevent this from happening, just keep in mind that most puzzles that involve interactable cubes (the kind you can pick-up and place) are color coded to match the color gun upgrade you need to solve that puzzle. I don't want to spoil much, but you'll understand once you're further into the game.
  • You can never quite get your bearings.
The non-linearity of this game also creates a problem with your spatial-awareness. The game has so many twists and turns, and some areas and paths are different depending on you current actions. This becomes very disorienting, and there is practically no logical way to map the game out in your head. There is a map in the game, but it's mainly used as a fast-travel system and to give you hints on where to look next. The layout does not actually make much sense. You kind of just have to keep wandering around trying the different paths until you get somewhere new.

Finally, some personal gripes about the game. There are a couple of "dead ends" in the game, they're puzzles or rooms that seem to exist for no reason. It left me a bit confused as to whether they were put there intentionally to add to the feel of Antichamber's universe, or if the developers actually forgot to remove/finish it. There's even a door that is labeled "Under Construction". There are also pink cubes scattered throughout the game. I was really interested in these, as they seemed to be some kind of collectible. Upon further research, they were actually supposed to be collectibles, but the feature was never fully implemented. Nothing ever happens when you collect them all, and there are even some that are completely unobtainable.

Aside from it's flaws, this is definitely a game that should be experienced at least once in your lifetime, and is a remarkable technological feat.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This game is really high quality and the puzzles challenge you to think in a different way.
Both of these are great things!
8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Amazing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
A Short and sweet Puzzle game with a 'Trippy' aesthetic, Antichamber is an enjoyable adventure from start to finish.

In here, you'll go around completing puzzles and obtaining a Portal Gun-esque tool and it's upgrades that will allow you to modify, multiply, and remove small colored cubes to progress, all while trying to beat the clock.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
this game is awesome, i really enjoy the creativity
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
h o w d o i r e v i e w t h i s
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Okay... Where to begin. I am not a fan of puzzle games but this is amazing. The grahpics and the abstract...everything...made it a very nice game experience. Even after the end there is still more to explore. In-game game devlopement pictures and creators' notes... Get this if you like puzzle games and if you don't.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Simply an excellent game from start to finish.
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