Double Fine is known for their memorable characters and comic art design, but metroidvania side-scrolling action-adventure Headlander seems to be the pinnacle of wonderful weirdness, now made available on GOG.
If the title already sounds strange, this is nothing compared to the actual gameplay which involves the player’s disembodied head to move from one robotic body to another, imbuing their individual character attributes in order to get through doors or battle other automatons. Set in a futuristic world in which human minds are transferred to empty shells of robots and controlled by a tyrannical A.I., it’s both dystopian and nonsensical 70s sci-fi with a great sense of humor, already exemplified in one of the trailers with the exaggeratedly overblown voice of the narrator telling of future events that might seem silly but maybe not that far removed from our own society which would rather lay back and let the robots do the work.
The game looks chaotic in the action sequences, but the idea of making a head flow around, knocking other people’s heads off in order to take their place is already reason enough to play it. Graphics are colorful, voice acting top-notch, and even if the puzzles seem to play second fiddle to the bullet-hell action, this can still be a lot of fun.
The game has been out since July 2016, but it’s now DRM-free for the first time, with the option to choose between the game on its own or in a bundle with the soundtrack.
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