Hypnospace Outlaw is one of the coolest and weirdest games in recent years, as well as one of the best detect-’em-ups out there. Our review at the time praised his world, built around the early internet experience (opens in new tab)as “a joyous explosion of art, music, creativity and weirdness, and a pleasure to explore. And it’s a good reminder of when the internet felt like a cool underground club rather than a pervasive hell from which there’s no escape.”
During what was basically a Hypnospace Direct today, a spiritual sequel to the game was announced, called Dreamsettler, alongside a pretty wild-looking spinoff called Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer. Revenge is not a typo.
Dreamsettler first, and there’s one word for this trailer: funky. Anyone who played the original will dress this up as a comfy pair of old boots (bought on eBay when it was still good), and while the trailer doesn’t go into detail, you’ll be playing an internet detective, helping users of something called Somnius Sleepnet System with its problems.
According to the press release: “You’ll be exploring web pages, experiencing the beginnings of social media, listening to hours of music from alternate reality genres, watching all sorts of crazy videos, and generally exploring an internet version of the years 2000 that looks familiar but different… and that will be before it starts to get really dark.”
The game involves surfing the net, keeping track of users’ emails, downloading apps, and solving cases before getting dragged into a grand conspiracy.
Now, time for something completely different. Here’s the trailer for Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer:
Everything is fine. We’re not exactly lacking in retro-style FPS shooters, and the humor here is kind of love it or hate it, but I think that’s kind of charming. It’s also, true to the Hypnospace lineage, quite meta: Slayers X is described as a boomer shooter created by Zane Lofton, a character known in Hypnospace Outlaw as ZANE_ROCKS_14. Yes, he was 14 years old.
I kind of respect how open the whole field is: everything to do with the game is being defined as if Zane is the developer of the game (here he is on twitter) and is now a 37-year-old manager of a DollarSaver store.
“He found an old game he made when he was 14 called Slayers X, and prepared it for release in 2022. The game is a complete DOOM where the Psyko Sindikate killed Zane’s best friend, so he’s out for revenge. “
It looks, at the very least, good old-fashioned fun, and I’m a huge fan of how Hypnospace games manage to take what is essentially the ugliness of a lot of early 3D art and build such a stunning aesthetic around it. Both games are coming this year, with Slayers X being “extremely soon!”