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Release Date: November 9th, 2016 Movie Release Year: 2016


Overview -

The latest in a trend of dark, dystopian games, 'Beholder' comes to us from Warm Lamp Games out of Siberia. Before its release in November it managed to win several awards from the DevGAMM conference covering indie games in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Rating Breakdown
Tech Specs & Release Details
Release Date:
November 9th, 2016

Video Review


'Beholder' has a visual arrangement very similar to fellow dystopian game 'This War of Mine', where the action is on the 2D plane and the house is a cutaway ant farm. Carl gets around the floors by clicking around, and there's a level of stealth in avoiding residents who do not look kindly on having an uninvited landlord in their flats. The character models are pretty black and white cartoons, bereft of detail but still full of expression. Quests are done in text that is poorly translated, which is sometimes irritating and sometimes endearing, for its foreign quality.

Audio Review


Voice acting is limited to short lines during cutscenes and a sort of Eastern Bloc simlish when the camera is zoomed in on individuals. The music is amazing; it's apprehensive and menacing with just the right amount of caricature, especially when the cops show up and start beating people into submission.

Final Thoughts

'Beholder' is a somber, harsh experience in terms of both its theme and its gameplay. The naggy and sometimes baffling routines of the residents can get in the way of a good story at times, and it's too short overall. Still, it's an interesting addition to the growing "authoritarian state" genre, and well worth its small asking price.