Dropsy Dev Jacks Into Hypnospace For Kickstarter


“Uplinklikes” is the term our Adam suggests for games presented as another computer’s desktop. “Uppies.” Whatever you call them, Hypnospace Outlaw [official site] has one of the nicest I’ve seen. It’s an AOL-y peek into a pastel-tinged, GeoCities-ish cyberspace with silly animated GIFs and plingy-plongy midi music. Lovely! Jay Tholen, creator of the clownventure Dropsy, wants to take us to the Hyponospace to cruise the dreamtime cyberspace as an Enforcer in search of outlaws. He’ll need a little help on Kickstarter to get us there, though. Watch this aceness:

Hypnospace is a sort of Internet people enter in their sleep, thanks to natty pink technoheadbands. It’s policed by Enforcers, volunteer moderators with powers to search through websites and chatlogs and report people breaking Hypnospace’s rules. It’s cheeriest grim cyberpunk cyberspace, an exaggeration of GeoCities style with awful homepages, exciting GIFs, midi music, adware, popups, viruses, and terrible spelling. The game will come with tools to create your own websites, users, and music too. And virtual pets.

It also features the Hypnospace Highway, an arcade-y minigame where you violently chase outlaws down and bring them in. You might remember this from Hypnospace Enforcer, Tholen’s wee 2014 game which introduced this whole world.

I liked Hypnospace Enforcer, enjoying the cheery presentation smashing in a dystopian cyberpunk tale about moderators flexing their cybermuscle. The final level does something pretty great with that idea, very dramatically making me feel a heartless dick. Enforcer is pay-what-you-want on Itch if you fancy a crack.

As for Hypnospace Outlaw, that’s on Kickstarter looking for $28,000 (£21k). Tholen says Dropsy has helped fund development but they need more cash, largely so codeman Mike Lasch can go part-time at his main job and work on Hypnospace. Pledging at least $12 (or $10 if you get in fast enough) would get you a copy of the finished game, which is expected on Windows, Mac, and Linux in January 2018. Considering the prototype looks so nice and that Tholen Kickstarted Dropsy too, yeah, I’ll feel comfortable putting a couple squid towards this.

Oh! And Dropsy’s promised free little add-on is now named The Yeti’s Curse and coming in January.


  1. noodlecake says:

    The overall aesthetic pleases me. If I had some form of income I would throw money their way… Although I’d much prefer it if they threw money my way so I could work on some personal projects. :P

  2. InternetBatman says:

    I was very critical of Tholen’s kickstarter, but Dropsy turned out to be a good game.

  3. kwyjibo says:

    Please, no more vaporwave, it’s been done to death.

    • Jay Tholen says:

      Not being a jerk here, I totally get that people interpret things based on their personal experience, but the game would exist just as it does whether that movement existed or not. I like old operating systems, I like the non-homogenized nature of the early internet, and I like vibrant colors (see Dropsy.) The convergence of this stuff may look like vaporwave, but it’s really not rooted in it at all. I mean, heck, my music has sounded this way for a decade.

      The fact that the waxing and waning of arbitrary, ill-defined internet movements is weighty enough to sully my game for people is kind of depressing. :(

    • FrumiousBandersnatch says:

      Speak for yourself – i know only from your comment that “vaporwave” is even a thing.

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    I really like the look of this. I miss the old days of the internet when it was still shitty but in an awesome way.

    If there is an animated “Under Construction” god on their Kickstarter page I will have no choice but to back it.

  5. April March says:

    Wow! It’s like David O’Reilly and Lilith Zone collaborated on a Uplink-based game on the universe of Far Cry Blood Dragon. I am instantly interested.