Welcome to my Steam Greenlight Spotlight, the place where each week I throw the spotlight on a game currently in the Steam Greenlight process that I think looks good.
In the spotlight this week is… Lithium: Inmate 39
What is Lithium: Inmate 39?
Lithium: Inmate 39 is an action, platform, puzzle, horror game (that’s a mouthful) from CaNu Arts that promises an intriguing storyline and having watched both the teaser and gameplay trailer (which you can see at the bottom of the page) all I can say is I am certainly intrigued. Job well done.
I want to begin with the art style because that is what grabbed my attention and made me watch the trailer closely. It looks great, it’s dark, it’s gloomy, it’s very atmospheric all of which really adds to the intrigue factor. They’ve gone with grey scale to help get that gloomy feeling and to ensure that the blood-red really pops out to mark those deadly dangerous moments. I’m a huge fan of grey scale when it’s done right and it looks to be done so here.
Lithium: Inmate 39 also makes use of a fixed camera angle to make the game feel more claustrophobic and add to the horror. The fixed camera angle worked for games like Resident Evil adding to the horror because you couldn’t always see what was coming next (those bloody dogs) but it also helped with the puzzles by preventing you from looking at it from other points of view. I’m sure if you could change the perspective that you look at some of those puzzles they would be so much easier to solve.
So what’s the game about? Well it follows a psychiatric patient, the titular inmate 39 presumably who sees himself as a humanoid lemur (which looks oddly sweet), who must find the way back to his origins by overcoming many perils, traps and puzzles. Nothing is ever easy in life is it? I’m so intrigued by this game that I don’t want to know more than that about the plot until I play it and experience it for myself.
The game promises over 200 traps and puzzles which is impressive if not a bit daunting and terrifying, being stuck in such a horrifying world for so long. To go with so many traps and puzzles there are also more than 30 terrifying creatures because the game doesn’t look scary enough already. Oh and let’s not forget boss battles either. Yay!
If all that wasn’t good enough there is also going to be DLC at some point including a VR chapter. I’m sure they were sat around talking about how they can make the game even scarier when someone mentioned a VR chapter.
Lithium: Inmate 39 is a game that clearly a lot of love, passion, and effort has gone into making. The release date is sometime in quarter 2 and there are plans for there to be a free demo available which I am looking forward to trying out. Watch the teaser and gameplay trailer below, check out their Steam Greenlight page and let me (and them) know what you think.