5 Trippiest Indie Games on Steam

Scanner Sombre

Scanner Sombre is actually a relatively new release and really succeeds in messing with your head by playing around with such odd visuals.

In the game, you do not actually have any way to see things because you are in a pitch black cave system. Instead, you must use a LIDAR gun to place rainbow colored dots around the environment. The dots vary along a spectrum depending on how close you are; red is very close, while violet is far away.

This makes the game mentally trippy and strenuous because your brain must comprehend and create its own mental structure of the cave while you literally map it out in the game. Moreover, the way the dots work plays with your brain. 

For instance, you can see dots on only one side; once you pass them you can no longer see them. This means you can create a path through a tunnel only to turn around and see nothing but the black, open void. To make it even more mentally strenuous, you can see dots you placed through walls. Meaning your mind must parse between the dots and the way they move in relation to your movements for it to fully understand the actual placement of those dots.

To make it even more mentally strenuous, you can see dots you placed through walls. Meaning your mind must parse between the dots and the way they move in relation to your movements for it to fully understand the actual placement of those dots.

The cave system also has some dark (not literally, figuratively) hidden secrets which make it ominous, but I don't want to spoil any of that.

In short, the game really tests your brain's ability to mentally remember and map out a 3D environment all while being extremely beautiful. What a treat!

Scanner Sombre is available on Steam for both PC & Mac for $11.99.

Published May. 3rd 2017
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