Walk through this world to understand how it works!
User reviews: Mixed (59 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 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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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
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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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
"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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Do you enjoy listening to Hansen, MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice? Do you enjoy throwing away your loose change? Do you enjoy watching bad movies from the 80's on VHS? If you answered yes to any of these questions I'd recommend you stop reading my review and immediately purchase this game, you'll love it. For the rest of us do yourself a favor, click not interested and by all means, even during a steam sale, when you see it for 49 cent... don't buy it..

So my warning wasn't enough and you want to know what this game is about.... well aside from trying and failing to be a video game anybody on the face of Earth will like, you are an Astronaut who has found yourself floating in space... We'll ignore the fact that no spaceship, capsule, satellite or anything needed to keep a human being in space alive, seems to be anywhere in sight, and the fact your character floats freely through space asleep and oblivious to everything around him....

Out of the dark recesses of space come the P men.... or as I like to call them... PU men, cause they stink just as much as this game... They strike your character sending him hurling towards what looks to be Earth... Instead of burning into a crispy little ball of flame (which I'd have happily handed over my .49 cent to see) you somehow manage to come down unscathed, bounce a few times and then somehow wake up in the magical land of... WTF were the developers taking when they created this World. or CashGrab Land as I'll call.

Inside CashGrab land you float from one point to another, using arrows, messages and other assorted random things to find your way around. If you ever played an 80's game when you would spend hours wandering around the same dungeon looking for your next objective you'll understand this game... The only difference is you'll be floating past PU creatures for no apparent reason, searching for beach equipment.... Why!.... Who knows why, I suppose the developers thought Space is like a vast ocean and tried to put some hidden message into their game..... NA they just didn't care...

So wander around this CashGrab Land for a few hours, find your beach stuff and enjoy this game... err well actually no enjoyment will be found or had with this game, it just drains your soul.. much like a succubus after 3 hours of playing the only thing left to do is drool on yourself until someone comes along and frees you from it's sucktastic grip.....
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Honestly, the game is a mess in every aspect. It's even torturous to play because of how poorly it runs and how poorly it controls. If the gameplay was more fluid I would only be left bewildered (although not in a good way), because this game is ♥♥♥♥ing strange. In a pointless sort of strange. What am I doing, what is this mess on my screen, why is there now a rave going on, wtf was that thing... why seahorse, why have you done this to me, why.
Sadly though, simply moving around the world is a struggle. It would be difficult to get from point A to point B, if thats all you were doing. But you are expected to explore a very confusing world, that can at times appear as though someone ate an entire bag of pixels and proceeded to vomit them haphazardly around my screen.

I can't recommend to this to anyone, at all, ever. Not even as a joke.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Awful. Not worth even $0.01. Whoever made this should not be allowed to make any more games.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
I honestly have no idea what I just played, but it was fun....
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18 of 35 people (51%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
This game contains the only party I'll ever attend to.

Who cares if it was an alien trance party?
Who cares if it was an..
Who cares..

:'(
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Very immersive experience that wont leave you asking for more
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
A wonderful yet equally horrible acid trip 10/10 Real Life is meth confirmed
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75 of 99 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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40 of 57 people (70%) found this review helpful
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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46 of 71 people (65%) found this review helpful
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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18 of 30 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
Want a decent game where you control an astromaut? Forget this sorry excuse and waste of time for a game and get Lifeless Planet instead!
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30 of 59 people (51%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
3/10 *and my recommendations! :-\
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10 of 21 people (48%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
I have no idea what the ♥♥♥♥ this game is!
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
10/10 This is real life
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