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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TJB Kitty
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Cutscenes and talking EVERYWHERE and the game doesnt tell you what to do at most times if youre a fan of annoying cutscenes bad story and nothing being explained buy it
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Question
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
It's an oddity cult hit that's probably garnered a lot more general interest over the years (i.e. it's probably more well-known now due to being one of the most cited examples of a "gem" by people on youtube and around the internet etc well after it launched) but for good reason.

Honestly just a quality 3D platformer that is very accessible, run of the mill but entertaining enough gameplay-wise, with an absolutely unique, incredible, and interesting theme , setting(s), characters, and story. I won't spoil anything but a lot of it is really clever and needless to say it's definitely worth playing for these things--the gameplay is good enough to not muddy any of it. Recommended for most everyone to some extent, but particularly for anyone that is or has been fond of late 90s/early 2000s 3D platformers and wants to play something that has a lot of charm but feels very nostalgic for that.

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Pros:

-Extremely interesting story and characters.
-Genuinely clever, smart humor.
-Visually and mechanically varied levels that make great use of the theme.
-Solid gameplay. Nothing great, but good enough to be somewhat fun and help carry the product.
-Length felt just right, not too short or too long, for the narrative provided (was about 16ish hours for sort of a semi-thorough playthrough. I engaged in the standard collect-a-thon aspect to some degree but definitely didn't go full completionist for this one).

Cons:

-Controls a little loose/odd at times.
-If you're playing with a controller (and I mean... it's a 3D platformer that was sorta designed with that in mind, I'd imagine many people will), switching between psychic powers is a little clunky. This never really gets in the way of gameplay to a degree that it's anything more than a minor annoyance.
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isoma
( 30.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
For me, three things make this one of my all time favourite games:

• the appropriate and comprehensive use of the “summer camp” theme throughout the story, levels, presentation… everything

• the outstanding level design

• Double Fine Productions' amazingly imaginitively take on the well-worn theme of psychic super powers.
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😼
( 29.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
The most unique and enjoyable game, ever.
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SoTiX
( 26.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
A game that will blow your mind. Reminds me of games that I used to play as a kid like Crash Bandicoot, Banjo and Kazooie and Rayman. I did not know of his game existence but I grab it for 1€ and it did not dissapoint, it completely amazed me. Great gameplay, great story, great characters and great laughs. Stunning concept and worth grabbing it as it is one of the best things you can buy in Steam for such a low price. Waiting impatiently to see how Psychonauts II will surpass its predecessor.
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Sargon83
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
A friend recommended the game to me, and i wasn't disappointed in the least.
The game is extremely pleasant to play, except for two parts (the milkman and the theater) but otherwise the game still holds up even ten years later.
And I would now recommend it to anyone who wants an action platformer with a lot of humor.
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Ravie27
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
10 years old and this actually holds up. Very original game - the design of each level is genuinely completely different from all others, but still cohessive feeling. A 'funny' game that's ACTUALLY funny. Quite a triumph.
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Terrien
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
one of my favorites! works well with the steam controller.

the last levels are very difficult, however...

9/10
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EleNiggle
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
It's a pretty fun game, and it has aged well so it does not disturb your eyes or make you mad with aged mechanics. It crashed 3 times in my entire playthrough, so I'd reccomend you to save often if you play it.
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camila18jenny
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
this is a good game it has memrable settings and a good ending that deserves a sequel
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MooneysMeats
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Product received for free
It is an amazing game. From design to writing, it is master piece. The platforming is wonky at times. But it's good. Do it.
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Observer (2)
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
A great game with great characters you will end up licking. For the cheap price I got it for, this game is an old classic waiting to be played.

6/10
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Tha Bes Games
( 18.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Rare is it that a game captures imagination in so many, many ways.
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talgaby
( 26.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Short version: 88%
The cute (but dated) puzzle platformer surface of Psychonauts hides a game teeming with ideas, imagination, and great design choices (plus a not too great control scheme). A game that is worthy of all the praises it got in the past years.

Long version:
When Tim Schafer started his own company, Double Fine, in 2001, he was mostly known as the somewhat eccentric designer behind the greatest LucasArts adventures. So when their first title, Psychonauts, was finally released in 2005, it was a surprise to see it commercially fail despite the great reviews.
Although the game eventually gained the following it deserves, it is easy to understand the initial troubles: on the surface, it looks like a typical early 2000s 3D puzzle platformer with 90s kids’ movie stereotype characters drawn as Nickelodeon figures. It took years to finally understand that its greatness lies under the hood.

For starters, there is the plot. Initially, it seems like a summer camp movie about kids who have psychic powers, but as the story goes on, we learn that this movie was apparently directed by Tim Burton, as it slowly turns into a (kid-friendly) nightmare world for our brave protagonist, the somewhat clichéd sassy tough kid Rasputin.

This change in atmosphere is anything but subtle, as the game world moves from a somewhat serene campground to a creepy island asylum. Both of these serve mostly as an overworld that ties together the actual levels, all set in the mindscape, the psyche of certain characters.
These levels are the main reason behind the late-coming success of Psychonauts. Each offers something brand new game mechanic, ranging from simple platforming to almost point ‘n’ click levels of story-driven puzzle solving. They delve deep in the minds of a character, utilising this to its full extent to tell us an interesting, often bittersweet tale, showing us the full capabilities of the storywriting strength Double Fine could deliver.
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Least Valued Player (LVP)
( 18.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Psychonauts has likeable characters, clever worldbuilding, and is overall full of personailty.

That said, it REALLY shows that Tim was more used to adventure games than 3-D collect-a-thon platformers.

When there are adventure-game-type puzzles (like Gloria's Theater or the Milkman Conspiracy), the game really shines. Unfortunately, that's not the majority of the game. The majority of the game involves gimmicky powers (I never used the shield outside the level you get it in, and Clairvoyance mostly just has comedic effect), very basic platforming (and even MORE basic combat), and some of the most tedious collect-a-thon-ing I've seen in any game.

You may have noticed that, despite all this, I am still recommending the game. Why? Because it was a fun ride despite these glaring flaws. The atmosphere alone compensates for many of these issues tenfold. The various worlds you explore are neat, and the art style is solid.

I'm glad I played it, I'm just unlikely to play it again.
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zeldamasterjohn
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
played this game a long time ago on xbox game was amazing still is great deal highly recommend playing if you like action/ adventure games and like strange and great subject matters in games double fine at its finest :D 10/10
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Froffycoffe
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
i have played it about seven times before it was on steam and i love it. its an old game but it is a really weird odd and over all fun game to play. i give it a five star
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Nopian
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Fantastic game, funny characters, great controls and awesome plot
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Tango Urilla
( 46.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
I am very sad to say I don't like this game. The jokes were funny, the overworld platforming was well designed, I thought the character designs were good, but it just was too confusing and irritating. I've played for a long time and always given up before I beat the meat circus, and on that waterloo world level it is very unclear how to get the stupid eyedropper out of the gate mechanism. The accomplishment of beating a level was spoiled by how boring or unclear it was to beat it, and it is flat out boring sometimes, like in the Critic fight in Gloria's Theater.
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Shangheliee
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
im sure it is a good game. but i cant get it to work, it flickers constatly among other issues. ive tried all the fixes and none worked. oh well.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Short version: 88%
The cute (but dated) puzzle platformer surface of Psychonauts hides a game teeming with ideas, imagination, and great design choices (plus a not too great control scheme). A game that is worthy of all the praises it got in the past years.

Long version:
When Tim Schafer started his own company, Double Fine, in 2001, he was mostly known as the somewhat eccentric designer behind the greatest LucasArts adventures. So when their first title, Psychonauts, was finally released in 2005, it was a surprise to see it commercially fail despite the great reviews.
Although the game eventually gained the following it deserves, it is easy to understand the initial troubles: on the surface, it looks like a typical early 2000s 3D puzzle platformer with 90s kids’ movie stereotype characters drawn as Nickelodeon figures. It took years to finally understand that its greatness lies under the hood.

For starters, there is the plot. Initially, it seems like a summer camp movie about kids who have psychic powers, but as the story goes on, we learn that this movie was apparently directed by Tim Burton, as it slowly turns into a (kid-friendly) nightmare world for our brave protagonist, the somewhat clichéd sassy tough kid Rasputin.

This change in atmosphere is anything but subtle, as the game world moves from a somewhat serene campground to a creepy island asylum. Both of these serve mostly as an overworld that ties together the actual levels, all set in the mindscape, the psyche of certain characters.
These levels are the main reason behind the late-coming success of Psychonauts. Each offers something brand new game mechanic, ranging from simple platforming to almost point ‘n’ click levels of story-driven puzzle solving. They delve deep in the minds of a character, utilising this to its full extent to tell us an interesting, often bittersweet tale, showing us the full capabilities of the storywriting strength Double Fine could deliver.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I have grown weary of 3D Platformers.
Over the years, I simply got bored of them.
Have heard of Psychonauts before, but left it aside, assuming it was the same as the rest.

Eyeballing it in my Games List, I decided to give it a shot.

2 weeks later, I'm here, writing this review.

Psychonauts essentially changes everything that a 3D Platform should be, then adds in several cups of the Schafer Salt for good measure.

The game is easier to play now, thanks to the recently added (rudimentory, but sufficient) Xbox 360 controller support.

But is it worth the asking price of US$10?
Very Much yes. Even more so if its below the base price.

I only disliked one level of the game, the very last level (from what I've read, I am not alone), yet the rest of the game I absolutely loved.
The game does not end story-wise and so it is dependant on the sequel, which as of writing this it has not been release yet.

In the Double Fine Catalog, Psychonauts is in the short list of favourite games from the Developer.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
One of the most creative and engrossing 3D platformers ever. Can't wait for the sequel.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
If you're up for a fantastic experience that will blow you away with it's astonishing platformer gameplay, exciting story, fun characters and all the greatness this kind of a masterpiece has to offer, then Psychonauts is definitely a game you will enjoy. Unforgettable experience!
I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the developers from the bottom of my heart for what you've done. You are the best.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Rare is it that a game captures imagination in so many, many ways.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Psychonauts is a masterpiece of gaming, full of originality, humour, secrets, and little touches that show the developers put lots of care into this game. I could go on for days about all the little things that demonstrate how they really tried to this great.

But suffice it to say Psychonauts is one of my all-time favourite games, and you need to play it right now. If games are art, then Psychonauts is one of the prime examples of this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Psychonauts has likeable characters, clever worldbuilding, and is overall full of personailty.

That said, it REALLY shows that Tim was more used to adventure games than 3-D collect-a-thon platformers.

When there are adventure-game-type puzzles (like Gloria's Theater or the Milkman Conspiracy), the game really shines. Unfortunately, that's not the majority of the game. The majority of the game involves gimmicky powers (I never used the shield outside the level you get it in, and Clairvoyance mostly just has comedic effect), very basic platforming (and even MORE basic combat), and some of the most tedious collect-a-thon-ing I've seen in any game.

You may have noticed that, despite all this, I am still recommending the game. Why? Because it was a fun ride despite these glaring flaws. The atmosphere alone compensates for many of these issues tenfold. The various worlds you explore are neat, and the art style is solid.

I'm glad I played it, I'm just unlikely to play it again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
It had been a while since I played the original PS2 Psychonauts and beat it, possibly a couple years at most. Since I beat it I always had that elusive Rank 101 in mind, having only gotten somewhere around 70-90. Now that I rebought the game I spent a good three consecutive days hunting everything down and getting the ***** to display my name and call me a psychomaster. It got a little frustrating from time to time when I couldn't find the last collectable in a few worlds as they hid in plain sight, but overall... I liked the game. I kinda wished that some of the characters were a little more fleshed out, but for what it is I enjoy it. If you do play this game, don't just rush through it (Unless your goal is to go fast). Instead, take your time and explore the world a few times, you might witness things you didn't expect. Getting all the achievements on Steam really showed me how much of this game I didn't see before. So many new things to do and learn about that my mind was boggled by the sheer amount of stuff.

Aim for the highest rank possible, but if you get stuck wondering how to do that *ONE* thing, or where the last collectable is... It isn't necessarily the best idea to get yourself worked up trying to figure it out.
Okay, spoilers.

SPOILERS TO SOME DEGREE:


In the end, it ends up being a bit disappointing that there really isn't any... bonus, for Rank 101. You do get something for rank 100, but not 101. Well, you get the achievement but that's it. Not really worth it in my opinion, but I guess it's the journey that counts.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
one of my favorites! works well with the steam controller.

the last levels are very difficult, however...

9/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
A great game with great characters you will end up licking. For the cheap price I got it for, this game is an old classic waiting to be played.

6/10
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Bloody awesome game, really fun to play. Looking forward to Phychonauts 2.

Also whoever did the level design for The Meat Circus should have their head examined. That level was awful just awful. You can do a lot with a meat and circus theme. But you cannot do it like that!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
This game....its just a classic. I had to finish it twice and get most achivements before i wrote this. The game is fantastic its a true gem. It has a wierd and witty story about "psychic" students in a school...well more like camp. Its an action, platfromer and definitely an adventure game with great amazing graphics for its time, as well as having a slight Tim Burton look.

The gameplay is also perfect and no problems with the ui as well as abilities and wepons. I enjoyed the game very much with a keybord and mouse and its very obvious it was made for a ps2 so a controler is welcome too. Now with it coming to PS4 this game should be played by anone wanting a game to laugh about, with its witty comedy and fun characters this game shouldnt be missed.

Loved this game till then end and litterally played nothing else till i finished it. A well deserved 10/10!!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Psychonauts is one of the best games that ever made! the game takes you into deep mindblowing worlds where you can find people to help solve there problems and collecting figs, emotional bags, cob webs, and more! this game is made by Double fine productions.

10/10 You can get this game if you want and check out some awesome game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
There's a reason why Psychonauts is in my top 10 favorite games of all time
Positives
-Unique presentation
-Fantastic controls
-Brilliant level design
-Well written characters, I only wish some were given more spotlight, like Boyd Cooper and Sasha Nine.
-An engaging story
Negitives
-There was a lot of noticeable pace breaks during a play though, namely when you get to the Insane Asylum and you have to go though 4 different minds without any real story going on. Also when you are in Rasputin's mind and you have to go to the top of the tower and then all of a sudin you need to get your levitation power.
-Near the end of the game, there's no way to go back to the hub world, so if you wanted to go back and get everything to get rank 101, you'll have to start the game all over again.
Overall Psychonauts is a fantastic game
9.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
A amazing story for not only a platformer in a game with tons of great humour sadly ruined by low amount of good/entertaining level design (Lungfishopolis/Milkman Conspiracy were the only good ones). Horrible tedious platforming sections and odd bugs/camera misplacement also occur quite often sadly. This game had every tool to be a masterpiece but unfortunately missed the mark on too many points except for its humour and story. The extremely fast paced levelling up in the game also feels unsatisfying unlike other collectathons since everything is just placed too much around for the sake of it and especially the "brain" collecting felt forced. I personally didnt feel like collecting any other stuff when i arrived at the point of no return in the game. The Waterloo level had a great font and design and could have been one if not the best level in the game is simply ruined by tons of these flaws on top of a dumb design choice that forces tyou to leave the level twice to get some kind of letter/coin.
This game imo is ultimately a hugely missed opportunity though but is still worth giving a go, but the feeling of finishing it is very conflicting, it has a good story and premise hampered down by being a sub par platformer nowhere near the golden era of RAREs days or Nintendo. I would just rate it above the 3D Rayman/Spyro/Crash games at best.

7.5/10

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
A very fun game! With interesting characters and everyone is unique in their own way.

"I'm the Milkman. My milk is delicious" - My fav line in whole game xD
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
77.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Coming from someone who's got too many hours logged into this game....
You should certainly, absolutely, without a single doubt, by this damn game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
Good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
psychonauts is a great game even thought the controls are a little hard to get used to it. psychonauts is a must have if you like adventure games
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
This game is pure magic. Storytelling worthy of a film, warm, intelligent humor, and challenging action and platforming. It's stood the test of time. If you haven't played it, do. If you have, give it a replay.
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