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Memory of a Broken Dimension: hack into an alienating world of platforming and confusion

Here's your mind-breaking, assumption shaking, hyper-weird free indie game for the day: Memory of a Broken Dimension combines DOS command prompts, landscape exploration, and massive amounts of head scratching confusion into a short web-based preview. On the plus side, it's nowhere near as weird as Nowhere .

The game currently exists in two parts. There's the "Relics" computer terminal - a crackling, glitched DOS-like launcher that blocks your progress to the titular dimension. Successfully activate the deteriorating system and you'll be loaded in to this...

It is, at times, a deeply unpleasant assault of harsh lights, jagged shapes and atonal static. That makes it weirdly compelling - it's so alien and disorientating that your progress is frequently stymied by the need to reassess how the world works.

This latest version of the game was created for last November's Prince of Arcade showcase, with developer XRA noting it's no longer entirely representative of what the full game will be. Play it through the developer's website , or download by following the links in this tweet .

Thanks, Indie Statik .

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.