A Psychic Odyssey Through the Minds of Misfits, Monsters, and Madmen. This classic action/adventure platformer from acclaimed developers Double Fine Productions follows the story of a young psychic named Razputin.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,330 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 19, 2005

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"A true classic. Platforming and mind fuckery with some memorable characters and level design. If you missed this game, you're missing out."

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A Psychic Odyssey Through the Minds of Misfits, Monsters, and Madmen.

This classic action/adventure platformer from acclaimed developers Double Fine Productions follows the story of a young psychic named Razputin. In his quest to join the Psychonauts--an elite group of international psychic secret agents--he breaks into their secret training facility: Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp. But this is no average psychic summer camp! A mysterious villain has kidnapped Raz’s fellow campers and stolen their brains. Now he must use his psychic powers of Telekinesis, Levitation, and most of all his ability to project himself into the minds of others--to find the loose noodles and keep them from falling into the wrong hands. Fight mental demons! Uncover hidden memories! Sort emotional baggage! Explore the fantastic realm of the inner mind! Join the Psychonauts!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 98 SE/2000/XP
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Pentium(R) III and AMD Athlon(tm)
    • Memory: 256 MB of RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB GeForce (tm) 3 or higher or ATI(R) Radeon 8500 or higher (except GeForce 4 MX and Go series)
    • DirectX®: version 9.0 or higher (included with game)
    • Hard Drive: 3.75 GB minimum hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectX&reg 9.0 or higher compatible sound card
    • Controls: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse
    • OS: Windows 2000/XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Pentium(R) IV and AMD Athlon(tm)
    • Memory: 512 MB of RAM
    • Graphics: , 128 MB GeForce FX 5600 or higher or ATI(R) Radeon 9600 or higher
    • DirectX®: version 9.0 or higher (included with game)
    • Hard Drive: 6.0 GB minimum hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectX&reg 9.0 or higher and Sound Blaster Audigy 2 series sound card
    • Controls: Game Pad (optional)
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: ATI X1600 / NVIDIA 8600GT / Intel HD3000 or better card with at least 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 4GB minimum hard drive space
    • Controls: Keyboard and Mouse
    • Leopard is not supported
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core i Series Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 3870 / Nvidia 8800GT or better with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 4GB minimum hard drive space
    • Controls: Game Pad (optional)
    • Leopard is not supported
Helpful customer reviews
171 of 190 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I personally want to thank FunHaus' James Willems for always saying this was the best game ever. It wasn't my best but it's among the best ones for sure.
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50 of 53 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
(I could have sworn that I had already wrote a review of this, but oh well)

Psychonauts, one of the last great 3d platformers. Straight from the mind of Tim Schafer. 9/10

+A distinctive, and interesting visual style
+A fleshed out, imaginative world
+Some of the funniest diologue this side of... well... Grim Fandango
+Odd, interesting characters
+An awesome soundtrack
+Clever, and unconventional level design (I feel like pointing out The Milkman Conspiracy, Lungfishopoplis, and the Velvet stage)
+Psychic bears

-The texture work is very dated
-I should not have to look in the key bindings to figure out how to do a certain command when there is a forty-five minute long tutorial!
-You guys did not buy this game, and therefore there will never be a sequel (or a remake)
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52 of 65 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
I am the Double Fine team.
My game is delicious.
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Psychonauts is this type of game, that was made with love and passion firstly and business strategy lastly in mind.

On the positive side:
  • Art vision and design level are top notch. Every world in game feels, looks and plays very differently;
  • Original premise for story and whole plotline is very engaging;
  • Clever and funny writing;
  • New powers (12 in total, which is more than enough) unlocked through the game make gameplay fresh till the end;

On the negative side:
  • Some collectibles are very hard to see, so collecting them could be frustrating experience;
  • Sometimes camera decides you are having too much fun and it is time to make your life worse;
  • Cutscenes pre-rendered in a low resolution (800x600 i think). Because of that they look very bad;

tl;dr: you should play it if you like platformers/adventure, good original story, creative art and want something unique to experience.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
How do I describe this game? It's like summer camp if your summer camp was all about Psychically training your mind to burn stuff and shoot lazers. Each Level is based on Mental Disorders/Traumas such as PTSD, Paranoia/Conspiracy, Losing a Parent at a young age, Having an orphanage you worked at burn down while you're out buying groceries, Bipolar Disorder, Napoleon Complex, LITERAL NAPOLEON COMPLEX, etc. It's also written by the main guy on Full Throttle and Grim Fandango and the current owner of Double Fine Productions inc. Tim Shafer.
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33 of 49 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
I am the Milkman, Get this game or I'll set you on fire
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Psychonauts has to be one the greatest Adventure/Platformers of our time, it succeeds in achieving the best aspects of the genre. The controls are tight allowing for great platforming and visually still looks better than most games today. The Steam version of Psychonauts is brilliant, I have not experienced a single bug and it supports HD.

The exploration this game offers is top-notch, you get to explore a large camp littered with clever secrets and challenges along with some of the most insane levels. The combat is entertaining, especially since you get decent upgrades and new powers as you go along, allowing you to form more strategies so it never feels like a boring slogfest.

The art direction of Psychonauts is unlike any other game and is vibrant and unique, you have to wonder what the devs were on when making some of the characters and the sound/soundtrack do their job pretty well. The way this game progresses in terms of difficulty and design is persistent and can get fairly challenging later on in the game. The dialogue is extremely well done adding a lot of life to some of the strangest looking characters in video gaming. The game features a dark/twisted humour which adds to the hilarity of the situations you encounter.

This game gets much better the further you get, the levels get much more abstract and crazier, theres a few here which are total masterpieces and the plot is surprisingly deep for a game of this nature and extremely entertaining.

The amount of imagination put into this game is amazing, the art direction is it's own, the characters are brilliant, the level design is solid, the combat and platforming are tight, the atmosphere is effective, the humour is hilarious as hell and never feels like they tried hard to make it that way, so it doesn't feel forced like many other games that try achieve a comical effect and is loaded with charm, there really is nothing negative about this game.

To get this on Steam is a no brainer as it's an incredibly solid experience that should be experienced by anyone who appreciates Adventure and platforming games and timeless classics. Squirrels are liars.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=381981602
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
One of my absolute favorite games from when I was younger. Wish they would make a sequel.
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28 of 43 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
"Inception" the game
and the BEST GAME DESIGN EVER!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
This game is a lot of fun, and despite being nearly 10 years old, it still holds up really well and plays great. Most of the game is fun and not frustrating (except for the second to last section of the entire game, right before the final boss; try not to punch your screen there ;) ). This may look like a kids game and may even be meant to be a kids game, but I think anyone of any age who enjoys gaming will have fun with this.

The only negatives are mainly due to its age: low resolution cut-scenes are ugly, yeah the graphics and character models are a bit blocky, the invisible walls you encounter don't seem to conform to the shape of the environment, etc. And that second to last bit of the final level just before the final boss will be an exercise in frustration and anger management. But really, none of these things are bad enough to be a dealbreaker in this game.

Worth getting at its usual price; absolute no-brainer when on sale. :)
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Can we just collectively agree that this is one of the best games ever made and leave it at that and be happy?!
Yeah?
Yeah!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
One of my favorite games! Great art, story and mechanics. All aspects of the game have aged beautifully, and it looks better than ever.

I've played it on the Playstation2, Xbox 360, and now on Steam with a synched controller. Works great with the controller, but there are some minor issues navigating the options menu. Easily solved if you have your keyboard handy. The only problem I've found is that the game frequently crashing when loading levels from fast travel locations. While inconvienent, the quick load times keep the delay to a minimum.

This is the third time I've bought this game, and I'll do it again to put this on as many systems as I own.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
Very fun platformer!

Graphics still hold up due to a cartoony look and every level is a different and fun experience. The writing is fantastic and has many laugh out loud moments. The game will keep you busy and interested for at least 10+ hours. My only gripes are the collecto-thon type gameplay did wear a little bit thin by the end. I have always been a big fan of games that have you collecting items, such as Banjo Kazooie, but collecting all of the items in this game is a chore, especially the holograms. Some items, such as the collectable brains, yield different story elements and are interesting. Completing the game will probably add on at least another 5-10 hours of gameplay, all be it repititive and mundane gameplay.

TL;DR Very good writing and creative level. Collecting items grows repetitive, especially if trying to attain 100%. Very good game to pick up on sale.
8/10
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Best. Game. Ever. Thats all you need to know. NEED MORE!!!!! *Looks up psychonauts 2 game and release date* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! NO PSYCHONAUTS 2!!!!!! :(
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
No words can explain how fantastic this game is! I grew up playing this game and it is still as much fun as it was then. I love the story and everything about this game! I highly recomend it!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
This game captures the incrediable mind of Tim Schafer, a game that I can replay just for reliving the incrediable humor and joy I had when I first play it,

The plot is intresting, the gameplay is addicting, soundtrack is beatiful, and the characters are hallirous, in General Psychonauts is a game worth playing and metioning to your friends.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
I played this game when I was a kid, and it's just as fun now as it was before. Pretty easy too, if you're looking for some quick achievements.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
My favorite game of ALL time!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
A game with a incredibly unique concept on the platforming genre, Psychonauts is probably one of my new favorite platformers ever. You take the place of Rasputin (which I hoped was going to be the russian leader, but whatever) who has a mysterious past that I will not spoil, as you learn about it as you go on. You end up into a camp for "psychics," and unlike the other psychics, these guys are the real deal. You battle enemies by not just fighting them up front, but by going into their mind and fighting their demons. I can't wait to play more, as even the tutorial level is genius, with a general with a mind full of a whole boot camp.

I never did play this game when it was released, but these graphics are still hold up very well, and the voice acting is amazing, especially the general of the camp. The only voice that was a little annoying was Rasputin's, but that might just be a personal preference.

The gameplay is fun, and made me wanted to explore around the world the most I could to collect arrowheads, almost like a Banjo Kazooie game. In fact, the entire game reminds me of a remix on Banjo Kazooie, which, now that I think about it, is genius.

All in all: with the sale for it being only 2 dollars, it is an absolute buy.
Rating: 9.7/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
For all its imaginative flair, people are going to be put off by Psychonauts’ haphazard assembly; it has all the mechanical aspects of a product not quite completed, made by people not entirely sure what they were doing. At some point, the game decides you’ve spent enough time learning how it’s supposed to work and assumes you can effortlessly pull off a series of challenging jumps, or that you’ve mastered its fumbling combat system. You haven’t; of course you haven’t, and what follows is a chorus of curses and rage-quitting or, in the case of the poor saps trying to play this on a keyboard, uncontrollable rage. But for those who can work past these flaws, Psychonauts has traits that seem largely forgotten in today’s conveyer belt of annual sequels and follow-the-fad gameplay. It’s genuinely funny, for one and has just the right amount of surrealist endearment and adolescent awkwardness to make it completely unique. There’s nothing else out there quite like Psychonauts, where you can be fighting a lucha libre wrestling cat pretending to be an eagle in a neon pastel ring one moment, then be terrorising a city full of tiny lumpy fishmen as a Godzilla-sized monster the very next. Where you can be listening to a classmate tell you that his tin foil hat stops him accidently exploding faces or another one trying to sneak time on the camp radio to return to her home planet, because she feels this world is doomed.

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