Walk through this world to understand how it works!
User reviews:
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Mostly Negative (94 reviews) - 37% of the 94 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 27, 2014

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About This Game

Hippocampal is a satiric contemplative game.
- Satiric because we are mocking the hero, game characters, movies, comic books and video games we liked. And also the ones you like. Basically everything that tells you to be what you do not want to be.
- Contemplative because you just have to walk through this world to understand how it works.

Story
You are an astronaut (M.kurt.C) taking some time off in orbit, enjoying your holidays, when suddenly from out of nowhere monsters crash into you and send you back to earth…
What are you going to do? Take revenge for this cosmic attack? Find ways to keep relaxing? Prevent those creatures from attacking earth? It all depends on the trauma of the crash, right?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Video Cards with Directx 9
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Overall:
Mostly Negative (94 reviews)
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zuphilo
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Very interesting game.. What is really going on? Why am i spending my free time on this? The real question is... can you keep your sanity with the cringe worthy sound effects after you reach one the checkpoints?

If you have absolutely nothing else to do .. give this a try. I finished it and it still makes very little sense at all..Maybie you'll figure it out?
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brazingo
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
A step inside a boys mind who has cerebral palsy.


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Enzo
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 22, 2015
Piece of art? more like bad very BAD acid trip. i have brain freeze from this game
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Oh Boii
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 16, 2015
Best game ever!!! Period! on drugs
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yuru
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 18, 2015
2deep4u indie explorational game
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ichi0915
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 12, 2015
muy malo
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feverdreams
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 5, 2015
It was trash
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Mesophine
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18, 2015
boring. quite possibly worst money spent on steam to date. game tried way to hard to be creepy and was just bad. controls were unresponsive as well. would not recommend to even my enemies.
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char565
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18, 2015
roaming in a abstract space, avoid it, it makes you feel bad.
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ferroo
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16, 2015
Where do i even start with this "game". The level design is awful, all of the walls and floors are some kind of bar texture which hurts your eyes and makes it hard to see anyway. The game doesn't make any sense at all, there are "enemies" on walls, ceilings and floors which can't seem to hurt you but i did find out that if you stand still infront of them they try to hit you. Also a feature i haven't seen mentioned in the other reviews is that this is literally moonbase alpha, by accident i hit a macro on my keyboard and all of a sudden i heard the well known moonbase alpha text to speech voice, if you press y you can bring up a chat, this allows you to say anything in text to speech with the exact same voice as moonbase alpha (JOHN MADDEN JOHN MADDEN JOHN MADDEN). Now i haven't played enough moonbase alpha to know whether this is literally the same game but with different levels, but it seems very similar. The camera also has some kind of smoothing effect or something which keeps the camera moving for a short period even after you've stopped moving the mouse. The developer says this game is two things in the description, satirical and contemplative. I really do fail to see how this game is satirical, it says "we are mocking the hero, game characters, movies, comic books and video games we liked.", not quite sure how the main character is mocked during the game (or atleast as far as i got up to) and i haven't seen a single reference up to now to game characters, movies, comic books or video games. They say that the game is contemplative because "you just have to walk through this world to understand how it works.", i don't understand how this "game" is contemplative at all. Unless i'm missing some kind of deeper meaning, flying around a maze of bars and collecting meaningless items is not contemplative. Overall this game is probably one of the worst "games" i've ever played, and i've played the slaughtering grounds...

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54 of 61 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
I consider myself open to game-as-art. The issue with this game is that it lacks any coherence or execution. While making a "WTF worthy" game might be interesting for half a second, with no core discernable message the whole experience falls flat.

Level design is horrible, requiring the player to trial and error there way through to various objectives- In fact I would liken the level design to the worst parts of classic adventure games: half an hour of "is this where I need to go? No? Repeat".

Sound design may actually be worse than level design. I can put up with poorly designed levels as long as the soundtrack/scape is decent enough. Sadly, that was not the case. The game features no music (save for the few seconds of relief after completing a checkpoint worthy event) and the sound effects of "busy city center" and "bugged out generic jetpack noises" can only be listened to on continuous repeat for a maximum of five minutes before you feel like committing ear-seppuku in front of your moniter.

To sum up:

Concept is bad, level design is bad, sound design is bad, and now my ears breath their last breaths with honor intact.
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88 of 116 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
Destilled meaningless cryptic bull'.
Inflict it on your enemies, annoying siblings, and that one friend that owes you money.
You might get some fun out of giving it to someone as a joke, just don't buy it with the intention of enjoying it yourself.
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33 of 33 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2015
I read the bad reviews, I thought I had an idea of what was going to happen in this game, "I just wander around n' look at weird ♥♥♥♥, good deal". But I was very horribly wrong. You just slowly meander through a maze of god awful disgusting indistinguishable textures while the exact same character model is placed everywhere. I unknowingly flew over the invisible walls on the second map and couldn't make it back in to another stupid piece of ♥♥♥♥ maze. And the noises... God damn the ♥♥♥♥ing constant barrage of annoying sounds. I never felt so robbed over 25 cents in my life...
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40 of 50 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Nice try. But here's a thought: A game needs order and meaning to deliver apparent chaos and meaningless. You just made a 3D maze. Nothing to see here.
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47 of 64 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
I thought it would be funny and deliver a few genuine WTF moments. But unfortunately it is poorly created and the WTF moments seem incredibly forced. Could not stand the movement enough to continue playing.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Having finished this game in under an hour and a half, I can't say I'm impressed with the length of the main story. I'll break it down, you're an astronaut floating through space to collect what appear to be "memories" of some sort, meanwhile there's guys with wings for heads and giant P's on the front of their attire. Although this game has it's amusing moments such as the cutscenes and sound effects, I can't really recommend it, simply because there's no replay value, no side stories, no options to adjust graphic settings or key binds and not even achievements to keep me interested. While I can't recommend it personally, I bought it for a friend as a troll attempt and it totally backfired, he actually ended up enjoying it to some extent. If you insist on playing this, I'd say buy it now while it's only 99p.
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52 of 78 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
Game does not run.
Shows splash screen and then leaves.
Game specs state that DirectX 9 is required but in actual fact, the splash screen says Dx11 so that must be the problem.
More lies.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
"Hippocampal is a satiric, contemplative game"
No, it's not. It's a confusing "find the hidden objects game". You float slowly through incoherent levels filled with neon lights, alien creatures, and badly fitting music and sound effects.

Your actual goals are very unclear and even if you do figure out what to do there is no payoff: you simply collect the crap in one level and are dumped in the next one following a weird cutscene.

On top of that the game is unstable. For such a small game you'd expect it to run well but I seem to be getting very low FPS and also got two crashes.

Avoid.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
It's slow, it's boring, it's not in any way funny or clever. Nor is it actually satiric or contemplative, despite what the developer claims.

The way it works is, you float extremely slowly through three confusing but dull maps, looking for the four special floating objects that are secreted here and there. The scenery around you is surreal, but not in an exciting, interesting or thought-provoking way. Just in an it's-confusing-to-figure-out-where-you're-supposed-to-go-because-game-design-principles-went-out-the-window-and-everything-looks-the-same-as-everything-else way. There are exactly three animated character models in the game and they get resused ad nauseum. There are maybe half that many textures for the floors, walls, and ceilings.
If you 100% the game, you unlock three special endings which display those same three character models floating in different but equally unexciting ways and some scrolling text which says something about not being ashamed because we are all rebels. So, there. Now you know.

Seriously, don't bother. Not even for 50 cents. Go watch a Let's Play, since you'll experience the same depth of gameplay just watching it instead of playing it, and you can fastforward through the dull bits. (The whole game is the dull bits.)
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
Are you a masochist who likes torturing himself by ever so slowly wandering through indistinguishable hallways while nothing of interest happens ? then this is the game for you.

Bought it for about 1€. the developer describes it as "satire". Clearly the developer has no idea what the word satire means. The "humour" in this game, and that's me being generous, is best described as "omg lol i'm so random look how funny guys". I'm thinking the game presents itself as more intelligent than it actually is. It's a game that prides itself on being something that it is not.

The controls (of which there wasn't even an option to rebind them !) were clunky and imprecise and the constant sway of the camera were nauseating to say the least. The slow movement speed of the player character was just plain frustrating.

Gave up after roughly 20 minutes, it was more than i could bear.
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