A fast paced FPS with an engrossing storyline written by cult Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre. You play Heather Quinn aka “Athena” trapped in a world of video games, desperate to find a way back home. Will you make it? Or will you be trapped here forever? Here's where you find out..
User reviews: Very Positive (53 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 8, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We'd like to get it out and start having fun as soon as we can, feedback and suggestions from the community are very important to us. This is a unique project for a shooter that not only explores the history of FPS games but gives the player first person shooter perspectives in other game genres - we'd love to know what you think and want you to tell us where things are broken so we can fix them asap!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Currently we think around 3 to 4 months with tweaks added weekly and major updates once a month adding further levels each time. We're working on a road map now and will post it here soon.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Bedlam will have around 24 levels (we may merge some but others are huge), much added polish and lots more cute detail. The first Early Access version launches with 10 of the levels with more to come each month.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“It's a bit rough around the edges but you'll have great fun. We need you to hunt down those bugs. It will help you understand the concept of Bedlam and just how big that concept is, this is a game that can run and run, while being armed with a gun.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, we want to reward early access players for helping us to frag those bugs. You'll receive Bedlam at a reduced price of $19.99. The final version will be priced around $29.99”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We'll be taking note of all the feedback and we may be able to make some quite big changes prior to full release based on that feedback. We're also hoping to sign off on a sequel, so suggestions for what game types players would like to charge into while armed to the teeth and why would be fun to see!”
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"Awesome concept, solid gameplay and an ambitious premise. Keep an eye on this, but even in it's current state it's a blast. Solid feel and controls too."
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April 27

Week 36

Hello all!

Some great progress last week. We're now arranging dates for external QA and localisation, so we're busy prepping builds for that process. These guys will help us identify any odd bugs that have survived your excellent Early Access feedback and further boost the overall polish. As mentioned before the localisation will add French, Italian, German, Spanish subtitling.

We'll also be patching out more fixes and adding in further optimisations, graphical improvements and gameplay tweaks.

Onwards to Build v1.0 :)

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April 20

Week 35

Moving ahead with translations this week and adding in subtitles for French, Italian, German and Spanish. Also we'll patch out further tweaks and fixes.

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About This Game

BEDLAM - THE GENRE JUMPING SHOOTER

Bedlam is a unique FPS game based on a novel of the same name by cult Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre.

Pitched as a shooter for those who survived online gaming in the 80s and 90s, Bedlam takes a look through an iconic time in online gaming and serves up some authentic gaming nostalgia with up-to-date graphics and gaming features. Bedlam is set entirely in the first-person but will explore other game genres from a first-person perspective.

In the game you play Heather Quinn (aka Athena) a colleague of Ross Baker (aka Bedlam). Heather is an overworked and underpaid scientist developing medical technology for corporate giant Neurosphere. One rainy Monday morning Heather volunteers as a test candidate for the new Neurosphere brain scanning tech - anything to get out of the office for a few hours.

But when she gets out of the scanner she discovers she's not only escaped the office, but possibly escaped real life for good! Heather finds herself trapped in Starfire - the violent sci-fi game she spent her teenage years playing - with no explanation, no backup and, most terrifyingly, no way out!

Join us in Early Access and get ready to unleash BEDLAM.

The description below was written by Christopher Brookmyre for the release of the novel in 2013

Heaven is a prison. Hell is a playground.

Would it be your ultimate fantasy to enter the world of a video game?

A realm where you don’t have to go to work or worry about your health; where you can look like a hero or a goddess; where you can fly space-ships, slay dragons, visit any period in history, any realm in fiction, yet all of it feels completely real. A realm where there are no consequences and no responsibilities, to the extent that even if you die, you can just respawn and start again.

Or would it be your worst nightmare?

Trapped in a place where every demon ever conjured by the human mind can be made flesh. Cut off from the real world, unable to see your family or friends ever again. Stuck in an endless state of war and chaos where the pain and fear feels real and from which not even death can offer an escape.

Prison or playground. Heaven or hell.

This is where you find out


Check out the first hands on preview of Bedlam by Rock, Paper, Shotgun: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/07/25/bedlam-game/

One of the first Bedlam play thru's by Jim Sterling of The Escapist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jutpej9ZcyM
And coverage about our female lead character Heather Quinn by BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-27695235

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any DirectX 9 level (shader model 2.0) capable card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Quad Core 3.5Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any DirectX10 capable card.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any DirectX 9 level (shader model 2.0) capable card
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Quad Core 3.5Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any DirectX10 capable card.
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Early Access Review
I was pleasantly surprised by this game. It felt very old-school but with a few modern twists.

I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the game when it leaves early access.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
I absolutely recommend this game!

I have to admit I am really biased here, I really wanted to like this game. I am a huuuuge fan of Christopher Brookmyre and Bedlam is a really great book, especially if you are into gaming. It's pretty obvious in his books that Brookmyre must have spent several hours in front of a computer screen, playing FPS games.
( off topic: I'd recommend reading "a big boy did it and ran away"; "pandaemonium" and of course "bedlam" for the gaming references, however all his books are great, witty, gory and so on. One note however, he publishes books under the name Chris Brookmyre: those are really suspensful thrillers, the Christopher Brookmyre books are basically the equivalent to a Quentin Tarantino movie.... just my two cents and end of off topic )

So I have wanted to get my hands on this games since the moment I heard about it. Now, to be precise, it is still "early access" however the content is very promising so far, and I really love it, there will be more levels in the future.....

I'd like to explain why I really like it. Don't get me wrong here, there are many, many games with better graphics, many with a better gameplay, I'd even say that this is not one of "my top ten games of 2014" IF I only consider the actual "playing" of the game. However, the actual experience playing this game is just fantastic. As somebody who played Quake back in when it was the number one game to play, this one just feels right. It's so full of all the gaming nonsense that was once topnotch in gaming.
If you have read the book, the reference to the story are there and obvious and funny, however there is no need to buy the book, if you are just interested in spending some time laughing to yourself and thinking back to the times when you reached secrets by just walking into a wall, or when all the bad guys looked the same, or when the dialogue were full of pathos and kitsch, or.... well whatever...

The game is full of references to older games, without making of these games, rather making fun with the games.... and Athena kicks ♥♥♥!

This is the first time I bought an early access game, and I would do it again.... Right now!
Developers when you read this, please turn Pandaemonium into a game.... "a field trip meeting a DOOM scenario..!" What can possibly go wrong?

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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Early Access Review
Length of Time Played: 7 Hours
Distance Played: Beat The Game (Up To What Is Finished)
Personal Grade: B+

Opinion of Each Aspect

Grading System - Outstanding, Excellent, Good, Acceptable, Poor, Horrendous, Abysmal

Gameplay: Excellent
Stability: Good
Story: Excellent
Controls: Excellent
Graphics: Good
Music: Acceptable
Sounds: Poor
Difficulty: Poor

Notes: + (Positives), = (Small Gripes), - (Negatives)

+ A fairly good story based off the novel of the same game
+ Scottish accents are always a plus
+ References to older FPS's is a nice touch
+ Feels like an old school shooter with a better engine
+ A very large variety of weapons

= Gun sounds could be a bit more believeable
= Enemy AI has rather horrendous accuracy
= Enemy Snipers on the other hand have perfect accuracy
= Gun switching should be via Half-Life style with a small hud

- The difficulty is absurdly easy on Medium
- Zombies....really?
- Many of the guns feel useless (Pistols)
- The game itself is rather short
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Early Access Review
Original review over at FlickeringMyth.com

Villordsutch reviews Bedlam…

bedlam headerIf you’re like me , an old mature gamer who has been around for a fair few decades watching games evolve, we’ve seen wondrous things from black and white tennis (Pong) to the monochrome colour clashing on the ZX Spectrum then onwards to the 486 basic PCs up to our beast of a gaming machine and the Next-Gen consoles. If you’re not like me however and you stepped into the world with all of this new spangled ultra-realistic graphics on your plate a) you’re very lucky, and b) you’re very unlucky for you haven’t lived. Granted these days the “Retro” scene is quite big and a lot of people flock to embrace games I’ve discarded eons ago, but you weren’t there man!

It was my gaming past which attracted me to Bedlam from the very short demo I witnessed, based upon a novel of the same name by cult Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre. This FPS game sees you take on the role of Heather Quinn (aka Athena) a colleague of Ross Baker (aka Bedlam). Heather is an overworked and underpaid scientist developing medical technology for corporate giant Neurosphere. One rainy Monday morning Heather volunteers as a test candidate for the new Neurosphere brain scanning tech – anything to get out of the office for a few hours. It’s here it all starts going wrong for Heather as she becomes trapped inside Starfire – the Sci-Fi shoot-em up she played as a teenager – with no rhyme or reason for why she’s in her and currently under fire, she picks up a gun and ploughs on in.

Within seconds of playing this game anybody that played Doom, Quake, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Duke Nuke’em, Castle Wolfenstein and of course Star Trek: Elite Forces (just) will feel right at home. That’s clearly a lot of names on the chest but it’s proud to show them and further into the game it even manages to sneak in a UT’99 Homage with the Deathmatch map Morpheus (with trolling Teamspeak teenagers too). This is in amongst the many other nods to the decades of gaming through the years you’ll see. The generation of FPS from the 90’s (and late 80’s) has been perfectly captured with pixellated blood spurts, limbs falling off and the surrounding maps. It’s clear that the designers had a love for this era and they’ve set out with a goal and they achieved it.

The missions though basic occasionally can be a bit of a challenge and make you work for you goal; from domination to destroy the towers to your basic run through the map and destroy “X” at the end. You do need to keep an eye out for the shields and health packs as the enemy’s fire does inflict significant damage; with no health regeneration you can be quite knackered without the two afore-mentioned items. Occasionally you’ll come across a bizarre moment like the UT’99 homage when I assumed I was finished a mission. You just have to remember this is part of Athena’s Neurosphere brain scan and accept it. Occasionally Athena starts talking to herself – singing too – which can be amusing and also help push the story forward.

A couple of things however bothered me about the game – one being the basic pistol seems in the opening levels to be the best weapon in the game for range and damage (minor I know), but the biggest issue I have – one that made me rage quit at one point – is the bizarre autosave the game has. In this case it saved me at one health before a mob so when I restarted the game I was shot straight away and died. Aft...

Read rest of the review here .... http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2014/12/video-game-review-bedlam.html
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Early Access Review
First of all, I won't recommend this game to a modern FPS-SUPERCOOL-GRAPHICS/PHYSICS-lovers. It seems to be a real Alpha.
But... it's a charmer though :)

Cons:
- Music... Where is it? Sometimes I can hear it (and themes ar good), but the whole game seems to be silent.
- When Mobs hit the hero - there seems to be no respond... Sometimes I stare at my HP bar and: wtf, where's my health? :)
- A lot of glitches.
- Unstable landscape.
- Not too clever AI.
- M-m-m... Strange controls and aiming.

Pros:
- Athena and her accent. Love at first... sight? :)
- Storyline. Really, I like it very much (though, haven't completed the game yet).
- Challenge. Some places are really tough.

More Cons, but I really like this game and will definitely finish it. Thank you, devs :))
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Early Access Review
Some months ago i saw some gameplay of this game on youtube and today i finally bought it.
Love the secrets/eastereggs and the funny pictures you have put in the game. A really nostalgic game.
Fans of Quake will love this, just like me!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
This game is phenomenal...it immerses you full on into a visceral, eye-candy laden homage to the shooters that best defined the FPS, like Quake, Unreal Tournament and even Half-Life and adds to them. Normally I would wait to review a game like Bedlam, which is still in early access, until I at least had put more hours in...but because it's on sale as I write this, at an even better price then the Holiday Sale when I got it, I had to relate that I feel this game justified FULL price within the first ten minutes of playtime, and hasn't since let down, at least for me. It is challenging and engaging, and never feels like it copies too much from any of the games it salutes...it even mentions some by name, yet there is a fresh feel that's fun, exciting and there's still more to come...not to mention I also have a lot more yet to experience with what is already here. Best of all is there are areas, apart from following where the game leads you, that take you into what feels like a whole other dimension, and salute different games altogether, then take you back to where you would have been if you hadn't drifted off the main path. This game, Bedlam, is like a gift that keeps on giving, especially for those who have a particular fondness of first-person shooters and the games that defined the realm. Don't let my hours of play (at the time of this review, less than 2) take anything away from the extent to which I so highly recommend Bedlam...especially if you see it on sale...but it is totally worth the full price, even when in early access. Worth noting also, that even when my aged game card can't handle many of the newer releases, Bedlam looks awesome and plays awesome and adds to my recommendation. If you're going back and forth on whether to go for it, I say go full on, and enjoy Bedlam!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Early Access Review
The game is great and enjoyable, the enemies are very fast paced like it says so it makes it challenging to keep up. The level design sometimes feels repetitive but you learn everything in this game is there for a reason. The game has some little bugs that make you know that it is still in Early Access. The weapons are vast going from laser guns on a foreign planet to mp40s deep inside WW2. overral the game deserves a 9 maybe 8.5 because some of the glitches (I was stuck in a hole for a hour before I finally gave up and spawned in a explosive weapon to propell me out) this game is a must buy if you are bored or just looking for something new.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Early Access Review
I higly recomend u all to read all the possetive review allready written to this Grand early axsess game
i give this Sweet FirstPersonShooter: " a MUST have game " if u got fps gameing in u fingers.
10/10 and a huge Cudos to DEV's for straight forward weekly info..on progress and update...
i have set..me score,, in comment... ;D as an oldschoolproo*fpsgamer...
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Early Access Review
First fps game game that kept me playing untill the end since half-life.
Its fun and on normal setting hard enough, even a bit to hard at times for people like me who usually dont play fps, but the story and humor kept me going!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
It's only in Early Access as of the time of this review, but my god this game is promising. If you were a child of the 90's and grew up playing PC games, especially FPS, this game is for you. It ventures through the eras and game engines. Some of which you'll recognize right away and others not as quick.

I can't really say much more about the game other than that. It is very intriguing in it's current state.

I'm a little upset to find out this game is based on a novel. Typically when that happens it means the game is linear. However it seems that the level design keeps things fresh. Alternatively, this has really turned me on to the book and I may consider picking up a copy just for a good read.

I do recommend this game, even in early access. Things look very promising for "Bedlam"
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Early Access Review
A fast and crazy shooter...did have some problems at the get go, chrashed like three times... but after that been playing no prob.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Early Access Review
after beating the game (what there is of it. so far, as its still early acess) i can say i have thorougly enjoyed this game. the storyline, the old fps style graphics. i encountered a few gflitched but nothing super game breaking. would refinetly recommend!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Early Access Review
Fantastic fun. Great storyline. Jumping from one nostalgia trip to the next is really enjoyable, and it's challenging enough to keep you interested (even when using your laser gun against Nazis).

There are a few bugs, but so far I haven't run into anything that makes the game unplayable.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Early Access Review
probably the greatest example of retro done right. so many guns, so many awesome levels.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Early Access Review
An amusing vertical slice of my gaming history.
Varied and stable, this game is fun.
The game is very playable, the devs are active and appear on target to deliver.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Early Access Review
So so so surprised with this one, loved every minute, keen to see what's to come.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Early Access Review
An interesting FPS with a myriad of guns to choose from along with varied level design with the same gameplay mechanics stringing it together, Bedlam shows great promise if the developers stick true to their word and keep building it up. Though buggy Bedlam has quite a bit to offer. Humor and personality abounds from this title and although there are some frustrating aspects (Death or Glory level was a tad too expansive, or was that the joke?) and it is still rather buggy (I am currently invincible as I go throug a survival horror sewer and through the majority of Death or Glory) this game is worth a purchase just for what the title is willing to try out. Starting off in a sci-fi FPS, then to a deathmatch arena, then to a WWII FPS, and I end my current playthrough in the sewers of a survival horror game I can only imagine where it goes next. Well written, interesting, fun to play and with quite a bit of promise this game should be seriously considered as an addition to your library for all those willing to give Early Access a chance.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Early Access Review
Game a real though back to what "kept me aff the streets (Glesga Slang)" Graphics although meant to be rugged still need some glitches ironed out - especially with the DEAD. Sound effects are awsome guys (couple of missing footsteps in the over bridges and in between levels - but otherwise spot on and authentic when they need to be.

As for the Story - well what can I say - typical Brookemyre - Yes I am a fan of his (nothing to do with his mother being my teacher at school - but it is nice to feel some sort of affinity other than growing up only miles apart) but if it wasnt for his writing I doubt I would have read - "A BOOK"... Although were possible I do cheat and have the audio verstions :)

Great idea - Great Collaboration - More please Mr B - would love to see - Attached of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks or the Sacred Art of Stealing in game format, not only due to them being great stories but they contain my 2 favorite finctional characters.

Almost an 10 out of 10 (but as the games isnt finished yet 8.5 :-P

ME

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Early Access Review
This is an awesome sorta retro game!
So you're this woman on a monday morning, a presentation scheduled later today, but you decide to get into the Neuroshere (think holo deck) for some reason.
And bam - you're in an old fps game.
Do you remember dodging the slow fireballs in doom? you do that when people use handguns to shoot at you here.
Do you remember the morpheus map in unreal ? it's in here. but better.
Do you remember the cheesy oneliners from duke nukem? They're here too, but better.
Minimap, inventory, xp points, autoaim? nope. This is cod in hardcore mode, but better.
Do you remember day of defeat? there are maps that look like that too, with german grenades and everything.
Did I mention the path between worlds? It reminds me of the map in mass effect where you learn about the Geth.

On top of that, you're having this female protagonist with an awesome voice acting and a simple story that could've been ripped from alients vs predator - except I've seen neither, yet anyway.

It's an awful game, but in a good way. It is bad in the same way that farcry blood dragon was bad. It is intentionally bad, which makes it good. And we're only talking visuals and sound effects, not gameplay. That's top notch thus far.
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