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.
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Release Date: Apr 19, 2005

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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
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Poster27
( 20.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
8/10 great story but gameplay kinda sucks especially controls and camera work. After all pretty decent
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braindeadmon
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
A quirky platformer/adventure game from the minds over at Double Fine, and easily one of the studios best games in my opinion with this PC port being the definitive edition ( I also own the PSN version which is plagued with slow down and frame rate issues ). If you're a fan of 3D platforming or just enjoy likable characters and good writing I suggest picking this game up.
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mpipher3
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I don't review things online. Ever. Psychonauts is a rare exception. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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BDQJP
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Spent more time watching walkthroughs than actually playing, great game.
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Redwire
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A rare gem of a game, Psychonauts uses a sharp sense of humour and self mockery (similar to many Schafer games) to draw you in to an engaging story, filled with superbly absurd characters (all perfectly voice acted) and situations.
The gameplay itself is addictingly easy and fun, but the game sets itself apart from other platformers with its diverse level design, reinventing itself with each new stage, while keeping a simple set of basic mechanics to navigate the often outlandish and ridiculous world.
With each stage based inside a person's mind, Psychonauts is Burton-esque in its disregard for conventional standards, instead creating a dreamlike mish-mash of wild colors and music. (The soundtrack really is worth it, you'll find yourself humming the various themes for hours after finishing a stage.)
Though the graphics are dated, the gameplay and atmosphere is timeless, making this game a must-play for anyone who loves double-fine, james willems, or just good plain fun. While it's undoubtedly worth the full price, this game often does go on sale for one dollar, so consider waiting for that.
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Mister Mustard
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Jesus Christ get this game!! Its on my top 3 favorite games of all time!! It's one of the greatest moments you will ever spend while wasting your life looking at a computer screen for hours, and it's only $0.99 for the Steam Summer Sale!! So what the hell are you doing? Buy this game already!
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K3NNY
( 68.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This is the best game ever. Its clever, intelligent, witty, with great art style and a wonderful plot. Yes there are handling issues. Yes the last level is an excercise in not throwing your mouse through your monitor, but its still awesome.
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John_Steinhoff
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
My best purchase on this sale
10 arrowheads of 10
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[CC]FatherTime: Stuck in the 80s
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
One of my favorite games ever made. One of my favorite storys in games and it has some amazing gameplay.
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ALF
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
When i played this frist time, i was shocked. WOW! Amazing game, climatic graphics- I can recommend this game for everyone :D
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
91 of 98 people (93%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
If you think the graphics suck, then:
1) You're wrong.
2) Buy the game.
3) Obsess over the characters and plot.
4) Buy all the merch.
5) Cry until Psychonauts 2 comes out.
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Product received for free
I'm not normally a fan of platformers; I get frustrated far too easily.

Psychonauts, though, is different.

It's easy enough to be entertaining, well-written (silly dialogue and nods to pop-culture abound), and the voice-acting is amusing and well-performed.

On some video cards, the background and some scenery may flicker, but it's not bad enough to affect play.

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
A decent 3D platformer for children aged 1 to 92.

Psychonaut's strength is its charm - you play as Raz, a psychocadet, training to be a psychonaut. Psychonauts travel through others minds - an inception-like endeavor - often helping the individual reach some closure. Adults will appreciate the intricacies - you collect mind fragments, clear mind webs, and open emotional baggage. Every mind/level is unique, a reflection of the individual's personality with each introducing interesting mechanics.

Honestly, I feel like Psychonauts is an interesting piece which tries to illustrate the uniqueness of the mind. It tries to get us to take another's perspectives - to, like Raz, explore their mind.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Buy it. It's an amazing game starring the voice of Zim from Invader Zim.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Firts let me say that I never played this game back in 2005, I only heard of it back in 2006 when I bought the game JAWS Unleashed because the game had a promotional video on the extras section, I regret not playing this master piece a of game back then because it is one of those games that leaves you a hearthwarming feeling when you complete it, let it be the story or the world design (thinking about Mario sunshine or Starfox Adventures), anyway I really liked the game and it deserves all the recognition it did not have back in the early 2000's.

10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This is easily one of my favourite games of all time. Not only is it funny and quirky, the plot is fantastic, the ideas are brilliant and it's one of those games that is never frustrating, it's always a pleasure to play and very rewarding. I would happily pay £20 for this game, it's definitely worth getting
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Bias: I am a dino. I like to dream I have super psychic powers.

Review long time coming. One of the first games I got on steam. If you have not played this game. You should
Quirky, funny, and involves a lot of brain stealing shenanigans. Totally worth playing this. To be honest, I have enjoyed all the Double Fine titles I have played - This one led to me playing Brutal Legend and Costume Quest.

Your quest is to allow the power of your untapped mind to save the kids of Whispering Rock from having their minds stolen and used by the mad man.

This is a fun puzzle platformer with a lot of imagination and creativity. A lot of interesting backgrounds and imagery to suck you into the world of psychic powers. It was an enjoyable experience solving puzzles and fight bosses throughout the game

I do hope a sequel is released. It would definitely go to the top of my to play list.

10/10 from me. Though the game is from 2005, it is still enjoyable and quite playable. With strong story, good puzzles, and fun boss fights.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
best 99cents spent on steam sale hands down
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I had this in my library for over a year and a half before I finally finished it. I regret to not have done so much earlier, because this is truely an outstanding game. I'm really envious of the amount of creativity. There are so many details and humorous easter eggs. It's pretty lengthy as well. Much content. Lots of good!

What makes this game special first and foremost is the jarring design - that makes the characters, the voices, the dialogue, the level architecture + gimmicks and naturally the humour. What I like about it is, that it takes itself serious enough to not become a total joke. It's not constantly funny and that's a good thing.

I also like the structure and all the little conveniences. You have a Hub-world with multiple screens where you can free-roam to collect goodies. You have a transit system for fast travel and can get information at every moment so you never have to leave the game if you're stuck. The actual levels are in people's mind, and boy, did they make sure everyone feels unique. They are thinking out of the box more that in the box if you know what I mean. There is also a level select screen, the collective unconscious - another means to give you quick and easy control over where to go.

Psychonauts is a blend of different genres. It's a 3D-Platformer but also an Action-Adventure game. These elements are served in rotation and there are long stretches where one of these takes a backseat. For example, sometimes you are significantly jumping around more and collecting stuff, Other times it's more about item management and problem solving and then there is straight-out combat. Very good pacing, both gameplay-wise and visually.

And there is a lot to do... the feature list of the game mechanics are staggering. It could be tedious at some point or the other to collect all figments, say like 243 in a huge screen, but most of the time it feels very good to get everything. In some places it is a little glitchy and frustrating. You eventually get annoyed in your attempt to conquer all of it. Like, when you set the enemy on fire and he runs into you and passes in on, making you run around uncontrollably. Or when you can't get enough momentum to jump high enough off off a trampoline. Or when you're trapped in a tight space and jiggle around to get free. Yeah... be prepared for this. At that point you're probably willing to forgive more easily when the game has won you over.

A little tip to prevent you from having the same start as me: As soon as you reach level 3 (from 10) you get a new mode of transport and that changes everything.

Play with a gamepad!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Psychonauts is easily one of the most unique games available. It's the right combination of quirk, sass, eye-candy, and humor bundled with phenomenal (while corny, in several respects) storytelling and a particular sense of fervor that's difficult to come by, pertaining to character development and sentimental value in the setting.

Psychonauts is a game that you can forget the world with. Sit down, relax with a controller, and immerse yourself. Definitely recommended.
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