|Engine||Unreal Engine 3|
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X|
|Release||January 31, 2013|
Antichamber is a first-personpuzzle-platform game created by Australian developer Alexander 'Demruth' Bruce. Many of the puzzles are based on phenomena that occur within impossible objects created by the game engine, such as passages that lead the player to different locations depending on which way they face, and structures that seem otherwise impossible within normal three-dimensional space. The game includes elements of psychological exploration through brief messages of advice to help the player figure out solutions to the puzzles as well as adages for real life. The game was released on Steam for Microsoft Windows on January 31, 2013. A version originally sold with the Humble Indie Bundle 11 in February 2014 added support for Linux and OS X.
Gameplay and plot
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In Antichamber, the player controls the unnamed protagonist from a first-person perspective as they wander through levels. Regarding typical notions of Euclidean space, Bruce has stated that 'breaking down all those expectations and then remaking them is essentially the core mechanic of the game'.
The player starts in an antechamber that contains four walls. One is a diegetic menu to set the various game options as well as a countdown timer starting at ninety minutes. A second wall provides a map of the game's space that will fill in as the player visits specific rooms, highlighting passages the player has yet to explore, and allows the player, upon return to this room, to jump to any room they've visited before. A third wall shows a series of cartoonish iconographs and obfuscated hint text that are added as the player finds these on walls of the puzzle space. The fourth wall is a window, showing the ultimate goal, the exit from the space, which the player must figure out how to get to.
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Puzzle elements in various chambers involve maneuvering themselves around the spaces, where level elements can change after passing certain points, or even based on which direction the player is facing when traversing the level. Laser beams are used as mechanisms to control various doors; these may either require the beams to be blocked or unblocked, and many doors require multiple beams to be in their proper state to open. Initially, the player can trigger these themselves. Later, the player gains access to a series of colored 'guns', each which helps the player access more of the space. Initially, the gun can pick up any number of small cubes, storing them, and then place them on surfaces; these can be used to block the aforementioned laser beams, or used as platforms for the player to get over obstacles. Other guns can be used to 'grow' new blocks by placing blocks out in specific patterns, to direct a connected series of blocks towards an objective point, and to mass create and fill an area with blocks; later guns retain the abilities of the earlier ones. Certain areas in the space are dead zones that remove any blocks stored in the gun or prevent blocks from moving through them. After most puzzles are signs with the forementioned iconographs which can be activated to give a hint about the just-completed puzzle. At any point, the player can jump back to the first room, and use the map to navigate to other areas; this resets any progress made on specific puzzles though the player retains the guns they have obtained.
Upon completing a core set of puzzles, the player can then access the exit door, upon which they start to chase down a black cloudlike shape, using all the solving techniques they have learned before. Eventually they are able to capture the cloud as a black cube within their gun, and enter a final, more expansive area, where they return the shape to a waiting shell. The shell creates a structure around it – similar to the game's logo – and then sucks everything around it into its center, sending the screen to black and ending the game.
Antichamber started as early as 2006 as Bruce's idea for an arena combat game based on expanding the mechanics of the game Snake into a multiplayer experience. Full development of the game, initially called Hazard, did not start until 2009 and continued into 2010. Bruce developed the game using UnrealScript with the Unreal Engine 3. As Bruce iterated through its design, he dropped the combat portion and chose to focus more on a single-player puzzle game along with the psychology of the puzzles, eventually adding the subtitle 'The Journey of Life' in 2009. Part of this change came about how he was able to create Impossible Object spaces within the Unreal Engine, which came about as a result of a 'rookie error' in coding. Bruce recognized that there was a single-player game behind creating spaces and puzzles where the player would have to work out how the rules work, and expanded the game in that direction. Bruce said in a 2011 interview with Kotaku that 'the game started off as being all about geometry..I needed to find a way to represent that [non-physical geometry] to players..so I needed to work out why we would need this non-physical geometry in the world and it took me a couple years but after combining geometry and space and perception, I realized that the real reason that this game is interesting and is working is because it's about psychology.' As he worked out puzzles, he found that injecting philosophical ideas helped to lead to puzzle designs or otherwise augment established puzzles, and made that part of Antichamber's approach. The game's simple art style was partially to distinguish the game from other Unreal Engine games, while also to aid in masking the work behind the inverse lighting system used in the game.
On April 2, 2012, Antichamber became the seventh game to receive funding from the Indie Fund with Bruce citing the award as 'finishing funds' to ensure the game can be released in 2012, and was ultimately released in January 2013.
Antichamber Purple Cubes
The soundtrack for Antichamber consists of ambient music composed by Siddhartha Barnhoorn. The music evolves over the course of the game, starting with nothing more than one ambient layer in the first level and gradually progressing into a complex soundscape. In an interview with IndieGames.com, Barnhoorn revealed that the soundtrack comprises sounds from various guitars, the shakuhachi, the koto, and synth pads. In addition, Barnhoorn stated that the non-synth sounds are digitally manipulated 'here and there in order to make the sounds a bit longer than they would appear naturally'.Antichamber Suite, a track consisting of music from the game, was released via Bandcamp on February 13, 2012. The track was also featured in the Nubuwo Debut Bundle released March 2, 2012. The full soundtrack was released on February 18, 2013.
Antichamber was well received by critics prior to its commercial release. In 2009 the game was featured in the showcase at the Tokyo Game Show Sense of Wonder Night, and was a finalist in the Independent Games Festival China. In 2010, indiePub Games's third Independent Game Developers' Competition awarded Antichamber the prize for Technical Excellence. In 2011 the game was as a finalist in GameStop's Indie Game Challenge, and in the Make Something Unreal competition (run by Epic Games), the game won 1st for Best Level for a Mod in Phase 4, 3rd for Best non-FPS Mod in Phase 4, and 5th place overall in the grand finals. During the 2011 Independent Games Festival, Antichamber wound up as a finalist for the Nuovo Award, which recognizes 'abstract, short-form, and unconventional game development.' Also in 2011, the game made it into the PAX 10 and finished as a finalist in the IndieCade festival. In 2012, Antichamber took home the Technical Excellence Award at the Independent Games Festival.
Antichamber has received critical acclaim, with score aggregators Metacritic and GameRankings giving overall scores of 82/100 and 83.70% respectively.
Most reviewers praised the level design and puzzles in the game. Game Informer wrote that 'I rarely ever felt stuck or frustrated by a lack of progress – a testament to Antichamber's pacing and design', and GameTrailers said 'The true star of Antichamber is its level design.'PC Gamer described the game as hosting 'moments of transcendent beauty and vignettes that engage your brain on a level few games attempt' and IGN called the puzzles 'expertly crafted and wonderfully inventive challenges.'
Within two months of its release on Steam the game sold more than 100,000 copies, with most of the sales coming during the first week of release.
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Note: This procedure involves editing a game file; create a backup copy of the file before proceeding. Use a text editor to edit the 'DefaultInput.Ini' file in the game folder, which is probably in the 'C:Program FilesSteamsteamappscommonAntichamberUDKGameConfig' directory. Locate the following section:
Notice there are two entries for the 'ConsoleKey' command. Change the second instance (the one that was originally 'ConsoleKey=None') to any desired key (for example, 'ConsoleKey=F12'). Then while playing the game, press that key to display the console window. Type one of the following codes and press [Enter] to activate the corresponding cheat function:
|Toggle invisibility||invisible [0 or 1]|
|No clipping mode||ghost|
|Disable no clipping or flight modes||walk|
|Toggle third person view||behindview [0 or 1]|
|Set game speed; '1.0' is default||slomo [number]|
Progressing in the game relies on the manipulation of blocks to solve puzzles. To assist with this, there are various guns in the game world that improve with more functionality than the previous one. The guns, their functions, and the quickest way to get them are as follows:
Starting at Leap Of Faith, jump, walk at Into Darkness, go straight past the first corner (do not go right), and continue going into the dark, at There's No Way In. Go around to the bright side of the lattice, and look right into it. You will enter Logic 101, which has the blue gun. The blue gun retrieves and places individual colored blocks in the game world.
At Leap Of Faith, there is a large eye on the wall behind you; stare at it. After the wall disintegrates, go into A Game Of Leap Frog, and use the two blocks to leapfrog into the middle of the three lasers. Patience will be rewarded with a quick route to the gun, leading into Learning To Draw. The green gun adds block drawing functions, and makes more blocks by creating hallow spaces with the blocks.
After getting the green gun, return to Stairway To Heaven to gather green blocks. There is a trap door, with invisible stairs covering it, which leads to a respawning barricade of green blocks. Once at least twenty blocks are collected, jump while over the inertia elevator. The invisible stairs will no longer prevent you from falling, which will allow you to land on it and proceed into The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect is guarded with a yellow emancipator section and glass partitions, but they do not go all the way up the ceiling, nor is a pink emancipator before it -- so you can dispense the blocks over these partitions, then re-collect them on the other side. Stand over the red room after the mechanical elevator is influenced by the large box structure in the puzzle, then shoot below your feet to elevate into it. Re-collect the blocks again, and proceed to the locked door, using the blocks to access the next room. Enter the foyer, and collect the single green block to open the door, then proceed to the yellow gun. The yellow gun adds block moving functions, and can be used to create elevators on-demand.
Starting at Leap Of Faith, go straight over the invisible floor, continue straight, then turn left at the first intersection -- watch out for the floor trap. Then, turn left again into what appears to be a dead end. There are a row of blue blocks on the other side. Collect one, and backtrack to where you began. Look down at the glass floor, and you will get the 'UP' hint. Go up by placing the block down, then commanding it to ascend to the ceiling. At The Highest Point, solve the puzzle. This will require some time, as not only do you need to make the blocks connect together in a square twice, you also need to separate the blocks at the lasers by collecting them and temporarily removing them from the body, then move the adjacent blocks before the collected block respawns. Once the puzzle is solved, collect your reward, which leads into I Can Do Anything. The red gun adds the ability to paint blocks en masse, allowing you to cover wall, floor, and ceiling with the blocks. It also multiplies collected blocks; thus, as as long you have two blocks, you will have an unlimited supply.
In The End when you collect the black hypercube, your gun will turn black. If you press [Esc] just after collecting this entity, you will keep the black gun.Elevating without yellow gun
While repetitive, it is possible to use a single block against a wall to reach higher areas by taking it from beneath your feet, jumping as it disappears, and placing it below you mid-air. If done correctly, you will slowly scale any wall. This becomes useless once you get the yellow gun, but it is a very good way to explore normally unreachable areas early in the game.Emancipators
There are two types of block emancipators. Yellow emancipators allow blocks through, but not when you are carrying them. Purple/Pink emancipators stop blocks from going through them, but you keep your blocks. Together, they can create an impenetrable barrier against the use of any blocks, usually in preparation for another puzzle.Easily completing A Game Of Leap Frog
A Game Of Leap Frog normally requires the manipulation of two blocks. Instead, starting from Leap Of Faith, go straight, then go left a couple of times to reach the wall. Jump and collect the pieces on the other side, then return to where you began to stare at the eye and disintegrate the wall. From either side, put the blocks, one after the other, until the last block reaches the center of the room. Then, grab any two blocks (the blue gun does not destroy any blocks) except the one in the middle of the lasers. Place them at the laser switches to the door, which will lead you to the green gun.Reaching The End
Go into A Jump Too Far, go forward, and turn left to the eye. Stare at the wall, then proceed through Running Into Trouble by walking on the bridge. As the entity in the middle of this room gets excited with movement, it will disintegrate the bridge. Then in The Ground Floor, collect the two blue blocks. Backtrack to the beginning (at the door labeled 'The End'), then utilize the red gun's block-multiplying and mass-painting abilities to paint from the floor up a wall to meet with the other red blocks. You will then be taken into the finale, which mostly involves transferring blocks in various areas.
Antichamber VrPassing the stairway in The End
Descend into the middle story, then make your way through the stairs in the middle. They appear to lead nowhere, but there is an invisible floor. Jump to hide the invisible wall in the middle of the invisible floor blocking your way. Proceed up the second set of stairs leading to the exit. It appears blocked, but there is another invisible floor you can run on without the entity in the middle of the room disintegrating the stairs. Use this to disintegrate the wall blocking your path to proceed through the rest of the area, which utilizes all the skills you will have learned earlier in the game.