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Californium

Rating Summary

Based on 7 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

17%

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Based on 7 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCFeb 17, 2016

Developer: Darjeeling

Publisher: Neko Entertainment

Genres: Interactive Story, Adventure

Explore the worlds of Californium, a first person exploration game where you are a writer trapped into shifting realities. Will you find what’s behind the simulacra ? Berkeley, 1967. You are Elvin Green, a writer whose career is not better than his sentimental life. Besides, the day starts badly : your wife Thea left you a break up letter. As for Eddy, your editor, he summons you : "you are a writer who does not write" - you should find yourself another editor. Your world is falling apart. Too much acid and cheap booze ? Too many sleepless nights stuck to your typewriter, powerless to tackle your first novel ? Your poor mental health is collapsing. Luckily this nightmarish world is unstable, you can extract yourself from it and thus access another reality! You have nothing to lose!

Californium Reviews

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Eurogamer

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Eurogamer

A frustrating, limited exploration game as well as a delirious exploration of one of sci-fi's greats, Californium is a fascinating oddity.

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Starts strongly, but soon fades into a slog through samey puzzles and ever-weaker environments.

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It steps on The Stanley Parable's toes a little too often, and doesn't have the chops to withstand that comparison – it would have been a lot more sensible to have avoided the seemingly deliberate comparisons altogether. But it remains wonderful just to look at, the rest a bonus treat.

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Californium is a labour of love that didn't even try to do a fine job at using the thing it loves the most. It makes promises of offering a plot-heavy adventure that is heavily inspired by Philip K. Dick, when it's just marginally influenced by it, and, even worse, gameplay-wise, it is a frustrating hidden object game, which becomes less so due to its gorgeous, wallpaper-worthy visuals.

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