In a totalitarian society you never know who’s working for the state. It could be a neighbor, family member, or in the case of Beholder [official site], your landlord. Warm Lamp Games say their surveillance ’em up, which launched this week, is inspired by “the oppressive laws introduced by the Russian Government,” and it certainly gives at least a grim portrayal of life under the KGB or Gestapo.
Beholder places you in the role of Carl, a landlord of a tenant house and an employee of a state in which surveillance, graft, and government sponsored brutality are the norm. I’m not going to make any sort of topical comment here, but you’re free to do so in the comments.
In Beholder you get to choose the morality you wish to roleplay. You can either be a scumbag and steal from your tenants while placing surveillance devices about their apartments while they’re gone. Alternatively, you can use your position as a state employee to protect and save your tenants from the plots and machinations of the despots that rule them.
You can choose whether to be the snake or the mongoose now in Beholder, available on Steam for £5.59/7,99€/$7.99, which is 20% off the normal price to commemorate the launch. It’s on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Annoyingly, its demo seems to have vanished. It must have been guilty of something.