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..
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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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September 28

Week 58

QA is complete! This week we're tidying up a few points of detail and looking forward to the announcement of the release date :)

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September 21

Week 57

While we wait for our final certifications to be issued we continue to listen to your feedback and make adjustments to gameplay and appearance :)

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About This Game


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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Early Access Review
Actually the first and only time in my life when i fell in love just listening to the heroine's voice. That scottish accent literally drives me mad.
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Early Access Review
I never laughed so much while playing a video game. Here in this little piece of art you'll find so many references to other games and game modes, I haven't expected this at all when I first saw the screenshots. Don't let the graphics scare yourself off, they are part of the game at the beginning and might let you feel like you're back in the nineties.

The concept is very unique; a bit RPG here, some retro arcade games there, all the references and that filled with funny dialogues and from time to time good music. While you're hooping from one gameworld to another the graphic improves while everything else will stay the same: Shooting and smashing yourself through a horde of different enemies with all the weapons you're able to find in the previous worlds and try to find a way out of the missery your character is in.

The ending though really strained my nerves. The game begun to stutter caused from many enemies that spawned, often resulted in a gamecrash. It's still in the early access so I hope this will get some improvements.

I really enjoyed the game and felt often reminded to the games I played back in the days. It took me around 5.6 hours to beat the game 100% but it was absolutly worth my time.

Get it while it's in a sale or in a bundle and you won't regret anything!

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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Early Access Review
Real Kool Blast Through FPS HIstory

Ok Bedlam short review , here it goes.You play as Athena (female protagonist) that is traped inside a game construct.You aid others like yourself that are being held in this constuct and trying to find a way back to the real world.They aid you in your quest to brake free.

The Game itself is just a real good old school FPS game.The controls are standard FPS style.So if you are familiar with FPS games this game will be a real treat down memory lane.There is so many game references in this game its so awesome! If you play or have played any FPS games from the hay days to now you need to play this one . Its well voiced and the story is well written.

I say real good job on the Dev or Dev's Part makeing this a must play for any FPS Gamer!! I give this one 2 Thumbs up!!

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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Early Access Review
I started this game expecting some bundle trash, but its awesomeness came and hit me out of nowhere. Hilarious (and excellently voiced) dialogue, inventive and humorous levels, intriguing story, and most important of all, FUN gameplay. It didn't overstay its welcome, or try padding things out with repetitive tasks, just good old fashioned FPS BLAM BLAM BLAMING.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Early Access Review
[Updated 15.6.15]

this game is unique, it has different taste from other first person shooter game , RPG-ish and also influenced by some retro arcade games like space invader and pac-man. At first hour the graphics is very annoying as it's 90s pixel style and the character does look ugly ;(, you also move very very fast.. but later the graphics got better and better as you are travelling from games to games. Just think it as FPS version of wreck it ralph. The plot of this game is interesting, if you are playing it and think it's boring, just keep playing for few hours and you'll learn what happened to the characters

thanks to this game I knew that main character is Scottish. and I learn something about it. I thought it was Russian, middle east or anywhere else. I think I never heard that accent before. As a guy from non-english speaking country that love to learn culture, I found the accent was "unique" as I lost some words but subtitle does help.

This game is still early access, and I found there are many glitch also the difficulty is steep.. at first the game is very easy, but the last is very hard, well not really that hard like people says-- it'll be very easy if you are taking glitches as advantages

I think I'm somewhere near the end of the game and I recommend this game if you are a looking for a non-mainstream FPS game that has good story telling. editted : and you are aware this is EARLY ACCESS

Editted 6/15/15 :
the core level, is still very buggy..
the developer removed FPS text on top left
I think they are working on several issue as they keep updating the game every week but still I can't finish the beat the core level.. FPS is still sluggish
AVG antivirus detect it as malware, for learning user behaviour, I had no choice but uninstall the game, Exe file was deleted. I'll play again next month maybe as I'm stuck now for over 2 weeks, It's early access so I hope I could finish the game before 2016..

there is a level where there are waves of cute monsters, you can jump over the canopy and just shoot with rocket launcher and then maintain your position

for the waves of red sci-fi army and crysis like (enemies that have invis camo) there is a trick for it, F5 a lot near the place that has medicine or armor and when the game load again after you die, it will be there and also there is a dead end road, get yourself covered by ducking, the boulder will cover you and enemies will come one by one make sure you have enough ammo to do that
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