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Become a Madman in This Quake-Like Retro FPS Full of Lovecraftian Monsters

KOOK mixes a steampunk setting with distorted gravity.

Quake and Lovecraftian horror in a Victorian-era steampunk setting full of madness? KOOK delivers all of it and more. Created by the "AAA gone indie" developer jitspoe, it drops you into the fascinating world of distorted time and gravity, where you can see what it's like to be insane.

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"You play as a madman, or kook, and when the ancient ones returned and claimed the sanity of those around you, you had nothing to lose. Insane cultists and Lovecraftian horrors lurk around every corner and must be eliminated. Shoot everything that moves! Maybe shoot some things that aren't moving, too, and if they start moving, shoot them again."

The game offers nostalgic low poly graphics enhanced by modern rendering tech like real-time lighting and self-shadowing textures and, of course, cool unusual weapons, like what looks like a crossbow made from a cross.

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"Some weapons also feature movement mechanics beyond things like the classic rocket jump. For example, the Time Vampire can be used to fire wooden spikes into the wall that can be used for makeshift stairs or platforms, and the flamethrower alternate fire acts like a jet thrust to launch objects, enemies, or yourself backward."

jitspoe experimented with perspective, and you can experience all kinds of bizarre angles and turned axes. The creator has worked on some popular games in the past, including Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Far Cry 3 and 4, LawBreakers, and Radical Heights. Then, jitspoe started his first solo title – Fist of the Forgotten, a Limbo-like platformer.

If you like KOOK's dark aesthetics, check out the game on Steam. It doesn't have a release date yet, but the developer sometimes posts progress videos on X/Twitter and YouTube. Also, join our 80 Level Talent platform and our Telegram channel, follow us on InstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn, where we share breakdowns, the latest news, awesome artworks, and more.

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