: The Psychotron: Dominate The Mind
: Merit Software
: The Multimedia Store
: Windows 3.1 CD-ROM
Released in 1994 to "cash in" on the CD-ROM craze that was sweeping
the world - Psychotron has the dubious honour of being quite simply the
worst most crudulous utterly-without-merit computer game of all
To put it another way, I've considered your Deer Hunter argument. I even
flinched a little when you mentioned Redneck Rampage. But this game, my
friends, sees off all pretenders to the crown of Worst of the Worst.
The only explanation for such a title actually making it to the stores is
that someone, somewhere must have said: "There's going to be this lull, see,
where lots of people start having CD-ROM drives, see, but the other developers
won't have any titles, see, so we will make millions!"
The "plot" if I can sully that great word by application to this title, was
that a "Psychotron" (an evil mind control device that the evil Kremlin had somehow made, or something) had been stolen from the CIA, and you had to find it and
get it back. Yes the plot was that good! It's a race against time, and a race against your own better
judgement as you sit through the first bit of live video in the game and think
"Surely it can't all be this bad?"
You're a gumshoe with a penchant for poker, to recall just one of the
game's most annoying moments. Let me take you there. You're playing poker with
really bad actors pretending to be wiseguys. This is ok, you think,
recalling Strip Poker on the Apple IIe from your highschool days, I can play
poker against a computer opponent. But no! You have to select "dialog
options" from a list, and if you get a single one wrong, like a bad Choose
Your Own Adventure, you immediately die! And you can't save mid-sequence at any time
in the game! So you have to get every choice in the video bits correct, or be forced to watch all of the non-existant production values all over again.
Ah the memories! I remember being astonished that you could fit that much
bad acting into a space no larger than a postage stamp. Even more fun for
the whole family was being forced to install a very buggy video driver into
Windows 3.1 that would randomly crash your computer.
But, all that said, we have to give credit where credit is due. Here are
Written by: Rick Gonzalez
Programmed by: Rick
Produced by: Robert Cox
Video Production by: Tom
3D Animations by: Cody Davis
Music by: Kurt Otto
Take a bow guys - you're part of gaming history!