Next time you come home from a hard day at the office and declare your job a nightmare, better think again. You don't know workplace nightmares until you've tried indie developer Baroque Decay's Yuppie Psycho, a retro-styled survival horror adventure coming soon to PC.
The game stars Join Brian Pasternack, a "young man with no future in a dystopian '90s society, on his first day at one of the world’s largest companies, Sintracorp." Already "uncertain, unprepared, and massively unqualified," Brian soon discovers that his first assignment is far more than he bargained for. During his "unconventional employee orientation, Pasternack discovers what his new job really entails: hunting a 'witch' whose powers made the success of the corporation possible in the first place, but who now seems to have returned to torment its employees." Controlling Brian, players will "meet all kinds of odd characters, escape from terrible creatures, and unravel the hidden secrets of Sintracorp's dark past."
Much like The Count Lucanor, the developer's previous title, Yuppie Psycho promises a blend of traditional adventure gaming interspersed with haunting survival elements. The game is presented in decidedly retro pixel art that belies its deeply disturbing nature and "nightmarish perversions of reality" that includes depictions of "gore, violence, suicide, murder, and depression." And yet players must deal with the mundane as well as the profane. Given the office environment, you will need to "learn when to chat, when to work, and when to cower in terror from otherworldly beings." When not in hiding, you are required to "find clues, solve riddles, discover new paths," as well as "investigate your co-workers and discover their sordid, blood-soaked secrets." Along the way important choices must be made, as "only you can choose how this story will end."
If you're up for a little witch hunting (even as she hunts you), there isn't long to wait, as Yuppie Psycho is due to launch on Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux on April 25th.