Who Pixelled Laura Palmer? Twin Peaks 8-Bit

By Alec Meer on October 4th, 2011 at 10:20 am.

I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.

I do not wish to spoil any of this game’s mystery – or, indeed, frustration – so I will simply observe that Jak Locke’s vintage Atari-aping indie Twin Peaks game Black Lodge 2600 does a damn fine job of being as haunting, bewildering and maddening as its legendary source material. I shall also quote from the manual (which you must read if you are to have any hope of figuring the game out).

“A day in the FBI was never like this before! You are Special Agent Dale Cooper and you’ve found yourself trapped inside of the Black Lodge, a surreal and dangerous place between worlds. Try as you might, you can’t seem to find anything but the same room and hallway no matter which way you turn. Worse yet, your doppelganger is in hot pursuit!”

“You have no choice but to keep running through the room and hallway (or is it more than one?) and above all else, don’t let your doppelganger touch you! Your extensive physical training in the FBI will provide you a seemingly limitless supply of energy to run as long as necessary, but running out of breath is the least of your worries!

You’ll find quickly that you’re not alone in the Black Lodge, though your friends are few and far between. Not only that, the lodge itself seems to be actively trying to trip you up at all times! You’ll be dodging chairs and crazed Lodge residents all while trying to keep your own insanity. How long can this go on? No time to think of that now -here comes that doppelganger again. Just keep on running through the curtains or it will surely be curtains for you!”

More info and the game itself (in a choice of PC, pompous PC or beardy PC flavours) here.

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  1. Zulthar says:

    I just watched Twin Peaks for the first time ever a few weeks ago. Great stuff. Will definitely give this a try.

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      Vandelay says:

      If you haven’t already, watch Fire Walk with Me. It is an underrated classic Lynch film.

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      lasikbear says:

      Though you do have to deal with how awkwardly some of the actors have aged.

  2. Snargelfargen says:

    I shall play this with coffee and lemon pie (don’t have any cherry, sadly).

  3. Inigo says:

    Shouldn’t that be I LLIW LLET UOY EERHT SGNIHT?

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      Oozo says:

      Na, this here is the giant, not the dwarf. He speaks in cryptic ways, but at least in proper order most of the time.

  4. Kieron Gillen says:

    I was playing this yesterday and it really is oddly scary in a twin-peaks way.

    KG

  5. oatmeal says:

    Tried it. Had no idea of what to do.

  6. idiotapocs says:

    @oatmeal
    It w ill tell you three th ings

  7. Jazz42 says:

    I knew that something was wrong today when I saw FK in my coffee this morning.

  8. Schadenfreude says:

    That gum you like is going to come back in style.

  9. diebroken says:

    Whats that insane video game that ripped off Twin Peaks again…?

    Edit: Deadly Premonition

  10. Scatterbrainpaul says:

    Are the owls in the game what they seem?

    I hammered through the entire 30 or so episodes in the space of a month last year for the first time. Outstanding TV program, even if I didn’t fully understand the end.

    I then spent the following few days after that, seeing if any of the female cast members had turned to softcore porn in the 20 years since the show finished

    • The Tupper says:

      Don’t leave us in suspense, man…

    • Scatterbrainpaul says:

      Well, Sherilyn Fenn who played Audrey Horne, my favourite character from the series went on to appear in a number of films (2 of which included FFN)

      She also appeared in an episode of friends

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      Vandelay says:

      As I say above watch the film too if you haven’t. Although it’s a prequel, it does explain a little about the ending, kind of.

      The sag in the middle of season 2 is some of the most disappointing television I’ve ever seen, but the final few episodes are definitely a return to form, no matter what anyone says.

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      Vandelay says:

      Double post.

    • Scatterbrainpaul says:

      @ Vandelay

      I agree with the second series, it was far too long. The start and end of it were great but the middle section was just treading water. It should have been just around about 10 episodes like the first season, which was amazing, some of the best TV i’ve seen

      I’ve been meaning to watch the film, but i’ve read some pretty bad reviews about it. I don’t want it to ruin the memory of a great show

  11. johnpeat says:

    Black Dog Runs At Night
    Black Dog Runs At Night
    Black Dog Runs At Night

    Man I love Twin Peaks – between it, Deadwood, The WIre and Breaking Bad it shows that TV can outdo cinema if you just avoid the ‘must conclude the story in each episode’ nonsense.

    It even forced Lynch to channel his usual fathomless self – the movie, whilst is apparently more like his original vision, is arguably more bonkers and less good as a result…

    The things I tell you, will not be wrong…

    but sometimes my arms bend back…

    • Xercies says:

      I kind of like Lynch when he is being bonkers, What the hell Lost Highway, you just blew my brains on how weird you are. Except for Inland Empire…that was just boring.

    • Scatterbrainpaul says:

      @ johnpea

      You should add Treme, Six Feet Under, Dexter, Sopranos to your list

    • mod the world says:

      No love for LOST here? Too mainstreamy?

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      Vandelay says:

      LOST infuriated me by the end of the first season. I stuck with it for a few episodes, but eventually stopped watching. I have recently enjoyed the first two seasons of JJ Abrams’s Fringe though. I’m not too sure how much he actually had to do with the two shows (I understand not much for Lost,) but it does make me tempted to give Lost a second try on DVD.

      Watched The Sopranos for the first time at the start of this year. Probably the best TV I’ve ever seen (closely followed by Six Feet Under funnily enough.) Buffy will always be my favourite though. Currently in the middle of season 3 in a complete series rewatch. I didn’t think it was possible, but I think I’m actually enjoying it more than I ever have.

      Dexter is probably the only new show I get excited about. Still gripped by out, although I do think it has lost some of its cleverness.

      On Lynch, actually just watched Lost Highway for the second time at the weekend. Still think it is probably the scariest film I’ve seen, particularly for the first 40-so minutes.

      I would definitely call myself a fan of the more bonkers Lynch, with Mulholland Dr. being my favourite of his films. I agree with Inland Empire not being as good though, despite it probably being the most surreal of his films (well, maybe Eraserhead had that accolade.) The individual scenes, even individual shots, are fantastic, but put together it feels like a bit of mess. Whereas most of Lynch’s films feel as if there is some internal logic at work, even if the viewer can not fathom it out, Inland Empire feels multiple projects thrown together (in fact, Rabbits actually was a separate project). I never thought it with any of his previous films, but I really did wonder if he was taking the piss with Inland Empire.

    • brulleks says:

      You should give American Gothic a go at some point too – but make sure you watch the episodes in the right order. In the UK DVD release I watched they’d mucked about with them halfway through – watched two out of sequence before realising what had happened. That probably made it feel more Lynch-esque than it really is.

    • mutopia says:

      Considering how LOST unravelled (quite literally) in the last season(s) with the atrocious ending I think it should be considered lucky to make it into any top 1000 sci-fi (although I’ll agree “top lists” are useless, I’m just using it as a measure to express how mind-bogglingly crap it is). Actually, no. Fuck LOST. It’s a shame I didn’t watch the ending sooner, it would’ve saved me the trouble of trying to watch Fringe.

      Suffice to say, without spoiling much (not that there’s anything to be spoiled) that it falls into the same trap The X-files did and falls back on the lowest, stupidest common-denominator in the history of mankind, although somewhat contrary to the X-files, it immediately and retro-actively renders the *entire* series a farce (of the worst kind).

      On a related note, I now totally get that Futurama joke.

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    Hodge says:

    GARMONBOZIA.

  13. Berzee says:

    Weirdly enough I just watched the Psych episode “Dual Spires” yesterday, having never heard of Twin Peaks before. If I had seen this article two days ago I’d have no idea what it was about, but NOW I KIND OF DO HAVE THAT IDEA.

    Seems like a weird show. >_>

  14. Lamellama says:

    WTF is Twin Peaks?

    • Danny says:

      Just one of the best TV shows out there. Only 6FU and The Wire are of similar quality, with Sopranos and Carnivale just behind them.

    • Edgar the Peaceful says:

      It’s one of the most terrifying, wonderful things I’ve ever seen. Nothing (except perhaps The Shining) has ever unnerved me more.

      …It’s night. A lonely traffic light changes from yellow to red in the driving rain. Nobody is there to see it…

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    lasikbear says:

    By far the best Twin Peaks tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vftf8TTve4s

  16. Bart Stewart says:

    “trying to keep your own insanity.”

    Well. That explains quite a lot about the premise of this game, I suspect.

    Unless it’s a misquote, in which case it’s still funny but in a different way.