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Anodyne - a surreal, top-down Zelda-style adventure - is out now

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Anodyne (opens in new tab) is what happens when you instill Zelda - specifically, the series' 2D highpoint Link's Awakening - with the sort of creepy, surreal atmosphere more often associated with Silent Hill, or Jasper Byrne's nightmarish Lone Survivor. Like the Zelda classic, Anodyne takes place in protagonist Young's subconscious, but his dreams are tad messed up in comparison to Link's relatively cheery Wind-Fish jaunt. Back in September we pointed you towards a demo, but developers Analgesic Productions (AKA Sean Hogan and Jonathan Kittaka) have recently issued a newer one (opens in new tab) , to coincide with the game's release yesterday.

The full game is currently on sale for $8/£5.26 direct from the website (opens in new tab) (or about 30p more than that from Desura), and the team intend to give out Steam codes to existing direct customers if and when Anodyne is Greenlit (opens in new tab) . Now you can't say fairer than that. After playing the demo, or eyeballing the following trailer, I doubt you'll be able to resist.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.