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Metamorphosis, the Kafka-inspired game about being a bug, is out now

Sometimes I wonder if the bug's life is ideal. Your only real concern is sustenance, and avoiding being crushed underfoot. Of course, Kafka's Gregor Samsa didn't get off that lightly: becoming a bug after first being a man would definitely not be fun, especially if you've got a family to support. The ye olde point and click adventure Bad Mojo didn't make the bug's life seem like much fun either. Still, I kinda wouldn't mind spending at least one day as a bug.

So I'm pretty excited to inhabit a bug in Metamorphosis, which releases today. The game is inspired by Kafka's classic short story of the same name, but I don't think you should expect a blow-by-blow account of it. Indeed, the game seems to be a tribute to Kafka's broader oeuvre: there are hints of The Trial and The Castle in the above launch trailer.  

The trailer definitely feels more Tim Burton than Kafka, but it also looks really fun. It's a mix of first-person puzzling and platforming, and it currently has a 10 percent discount on Steam to celebrate launch.

Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.