If you periodically check Steam Greenlight, you will once in awhile come across games some hidden gems. Yuppie Psycho, from developer Baroque Decay (the team behind The Count Lucanor), is one of those gems.
Yuppie Psycho is a a survival horror, adventure, and puzzle solving game all in one, that follows the same basic gameplay template of a variety of classic 16-bit RPGS. Its game design draws inspiration from titles such as Silent Hills, Deadly Premonition, and the recent Yomawari: Night Alone.
The game boasts a retro 90’s aesthetic, and features anime-inspired cutscenes “to immerse the player in an atypical horror story.” According to the developer, the game contains an atmosphere of mystery and surrealism similar to works from artists like David Lynch and Shinya Tsukamoto, or from films like American Psycho and Brazil. As for it’s art design, manga artists Shintaro Kago and Junji Ito are said to be “huge inspirations.”
Set in a dystopian 90’s setting, with pinches of cyberpunk themes and designs, players will have to break into and investigate the secrets hidden within Sintracorp, the world’s most important corporation. Along the way you will have to avoid traps, solve puzzles, explore, and deploy stealth to avoid the various creatures lurking within the company.
Here’s a story synopsis and features list courtesy of the game’s Steam Greenlight page:
Brian Pasternak, a young man with no future in a dystopian society, receives a mysterious letter inviting him to work at the headquarters of Sintracorp, the most important company in the world. Once inside, he discovers what his new job really entails: hunting a “witch” whose powers made the success of the corporation possible in the first place, but who now seems to have returned to torment its employees. Brian will meet all kinds of odd characters, escape from terrible creatures, and unravel the hidden secrets of Sintracorp’s dark past.FEATURES:
Exploration: Use the elevator to discover what’s hiding on every floor and within the various departments of the powerful company Sintracorp.
Conversation: Investigate your co-workers and discover their secrets.
Stealth: The corridors of this company aren’t safe at all… creatures and bizarre employees will force you to hide and, if all else fails, run!
Decisions: Only you can decide how this story will end.
Lighting: Use different light sources to light your path and reveal what is breathing in the dark.
Puzzles: Find clues, solve riddles, discover new paths, and overcome challenges – all without letting the witch catch you!
Lastly, the game will also come packing an original soundtrack from Michael “Garoad” Kelly, that will carry inspirations from horror classics such as Halloween, Carrie, Suspiria, and Friday the 13th. The goal is to create a “mysterious, oppressive, and chilling soundtrack, but at the same time, one of delicate and unmistakable beauty that will stick with you even when you’re not playing.”
Yuppie Psycho is slated to release sometime in 2017 for PC, Mac, and Linux, Below, you can check out the game’s reveal trailer, as well as its first screenshots. If you want, you can also go support the game over on Steam Greenlight.