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Kickstart Hypnospace Outlaw, a trippy adventure game inspired by the Internet of the late 90s

by Ron Duwell | September 27, 2016September 27, 2016 8:00 pm PST

Here’s a Kickstarter project worth checking out from the developer of Dropsy, and the best part is that it is already on its way to success. With eight days remaining, Hypnospace Outlaw needs just $6,000 to complete its $28,000 goal, and the word is getting out there just in time too.

Developer Jay Tholen’s latest surreal gift is clearly inspired by the Internet of the late 90s, back way before modern day social media replaced the likes of Geocities and Angelfire as the standard bearers of online interaction, but the extra element he brings to classic GIFs, virtual pets, inboxes, and horrible 90s web design is a trippy aesthetic that is bound to both inspire and confuse those who watch the pitch video.

I’ll let Tholen’s campaign to the talking for itself.

Police the internet of the future via an arcane operating system. Pursue outlaws on the Hypnospace Highway. Feed adorable virtual pets.

As the corporatocracy sleeps, outlaws are cruising the Hypnospace Highway, and these virtual streets aren’t going to police themselves! So hey, that’s your job now!

Jack into your terminal, and follow these three directives:

1) Crawl through Cyberspace, scouring the darkest corners of the Web for scumbag users who violate Hypnospace law, one page at a time! When you find one:

2) Blaze down the Hypnospace Highways in your Hypno Cruiser, taking down violators with impugnity!

3) Watch out for the following dangers: Adware, toolbars, hackers, infected GIFs and MIDI files, and investigate rumours of a rogue AI. Certainly just rumors! Certainly!

Hypnospace Outlaw currently sits at $22,730 of its $28,000 goal. Jay Tholen has already achieved “Kickstarter royalty” status with his universally praised point-and-click adventure Dropsy. This will be his second game funded through the website, and given that he is a proven success, you can donate free from anxiety.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...